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Knee Pain

I am 7 weeks post spinal fusion L5/L4 surgery. Pre-surgery I was very active, running, swimming, biking, etc.. The Surgeon said to walk as much as I could, so I am walking every day 3 to 5 miles. Sometimes in order to pick something up without bending, I will squat in different ways putting pressure on my knees. Because I started feeling the pain a few weeks ago, I rarely squat, I use my grabber. Can walking harm my knees?
Karen Meyer


  • b.logginsbb.loggins Posts: 4
    edited 07/19/2015 - 5:59 AM
    This might sound silly, but when I had surgery, I became really good at picking things up with my toes. At one point I was able to straighten up the house with just my feet. I guess the only reason humans don't normally do this is because we're trained socially to use our hands, but after using your feet for a while, you'll get used to it! Plus, you'll have a unique talent that not many people have :)

    As far as walking is concerned, your knees might be in pain if your 3-5 miles is less physical activity than you used to do. My knees tend to hurt when I have lazy days, and feel better when I'm more active. Of course, I'm not a doctor or anything, but I'm just speaking as someone who has had the same surgery.

    Good luck to you in your recovery!
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