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How soon can I begin lifting weighst again and working out?

I was wondering how long after my surgery will I begin able to work out at the gym again.

I spoke to my Dr and he said after 3 months and well its been 3 months out of the hospital so far and I am still not sure whether or not I should work out yet. It was just 2 weeks ago I spoke to the Dr and he said my lower spine lumbar fusion of L1 - L4 is healing well. He said after 3 months I can begin working out/lifting weights but I have read online of many people who have had surgery done on their backs that they didnt resume weight lifting for 6-12 months.

I dont want to slow down my healing process if its not done yet and have read mixed things regarding resuming working out. Some people says start slow and not to go heavy until its completely done healing or some people say not to work out until your 100% healed. I havent done any physical therapy yet either, nor have I gotten a bone stimulator due to the hospital losing my wallet so I wont be getting a bone stimulator for another couple weeks.



  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    edited 06/19/2015 - 7:41 PM
    I think it is good you are cautious.

    When doctor says three months and you good to go when working out....at that visit I would double check by telling doctor all your symptoms and how your body responds to the activities you are already doing.

    If you are approved and you choose to work out, I would pay attention to your body...any pain or other symptoms.
    Unless doctor says otherwise, I wouldn't push past the pain.
    Personally, I wouldn't want to do anything to trigger pain.

    But to remember, you need to be comfortable with your decision, also.
    If you feel you need to wait before working out..there is no hurry.

    Again, just my opinion as I'm not any kind of medical professional . :)
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