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JoyJJoy Posts: 559
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:23 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Okay, I give up. What is the technical meaning of "bending?" How far over can you lean? Like 45 degrees or not at all or what? Should have asked the doc for a specific definition. LOL There are times when you have no alternative but to lean over a bit...but I always try to keep the spine straight.

I am interested on what thoughts you guys have on this.



  • but if you find out - make sure you post it for all to see

    I'm thinking it means no leaning from the waist (no leaning over the sink to do teeth etc) Perhaps lowering yourself with the legs (crouching) might be ok, but you need strong thighs to do this without wobbling and leaning forward
  • My understanding is that your spine needs to remain straight, so like Snoopy said, no bending at the waist.

    I think you can bend at the hips. Think about sitting - technically, you are bending at the hip joints, but your spine is straight. You can also squat a bit by bending your knees to lower yourself (this definitely depends on your knees and flexibility).
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  • I would call your doctor and ask him to clarify or expand his definition based on your surgery specifically. What's safe for may not be safe for another.

    I asked my doctor if a slight golfer's lift (bend at hips, with back straight and one leg raised) was ok for me. The motion is completely at the hips rather than the spine. He was OK with this used conservatively while wearing the TSLO. I use this to brush my teeth, rearrange the pillows on the couch and stuff like that. My knees arent working so good since I had to stop the Mobic, so I cant even squat slightly to get these things done, lol.

    Good luck,

  • That is a VERY good question. I agree with Snoopy... If you find out, post it for us! :)

    I now know after my reherniation where my limit is when it comes to bending. Lol. Thankfully I have extremely strong leg muscles (thanks to genetics! thanks mom! Thanks dad!) so I can normally squat to do everything. Can't anymore, cause of what I did to my back this week, but normally I can.

    I'd definitely be interested in finding out what a surgeon's definition of bending would be.
  • Chris' doctor told him he could tilt forward at the hips keeping his back straight at the 4 month mark, but still said no to BLT. Terri
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