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eajosepheeajoseph Posts: 315
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:25 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I'm having 2 360 degree fusions in January. My NS said that walking will be a big thing with recovery. So I want to be able to walk as much as I can so I will recover as quickly and fully as possible. With it being in January though I won't be able to get outside as much to walk around. I'm north of DC. We don't get tons of snow but we tend to get a decent amount of ice.

I'm trying to locate a treadmill. Is this a good idea? I live in a townhouse so the layout isn't great for a lot of walking. I'm hoping to find a treadmill on freecycle or craigslist. I'm not a runner and not a huge treadmill person. Don't want to spend a lot of $$$$.

Ideas? Suggestions?


  • Yep a treadmill will be great for you. Just make sure to get one that had a long enough stride in it (not a fold up one that has a short stride).
    I wished I had one when I came home as it rained for weeks and I got so sick of going to the mall to walk just to be safe.

    I wouldn't go for a cycle machine just yet as you may need a recumbent cycle (wont know yet as we are all different) and I dont know what the other thing is.

    Hope that help a bit but I do know some members here have gotten treadmill to walk on. You can even try an online shop as you dont want to have to carry one home :))(
    Blessings Sara O:)
  • I have a long deck treadmill that is also a fold up space saver. It has been a lifesaver and I have walked or run 1000's of miles on it over the last 9 years. Primarily the last 4. I have it in a spare room with a small TV and DVD player and headphones on a long cord. Brand new 9 years ago it ran about $1K. By investing in a good treadmill, it has survived the abuse.

    Good luck with your search,

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  • I have a recumbent bike already. I've always loved it. I don't like the regular ones as much.

    I'm going to keep looking for a treadmill. I would love it if I could get my insurance to help pay for it but I doubt that they'll go for that.

    Guess I know what I'm going to tell Santa I want. :D

  • My Doc said he would write a script out for a health club membership for the winter if I wanted one. Not sure if the insurance will go for it but it's worth a try.
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  • I hadn't thought about seeing if the doctor would do a script to a health club. Wonder if a health club would let me use their facility without a year long membership. hmmmm
  • Rentals for equipment like this would be a really good idea. I don't know of any service that does this, but man, that would be a good business, don't you think?
  • I didn't know that was possible with worker's comp! I have a treadmill and will use it when the weather gets junky, but a gym membership would be very helpful.
  • HELLO :H

    I love my treadmill but i couldnt use it for the past 4 months when i started having neck and shoulder problems, and with the abnormal mri they said not to exercise until i see the nuerosurgeon.

    I couldnt even take physical therapy until i got tHE SECOND MRI. I can go and use the treadmill, but its gonna be hard to get things going again. I will start out slow i guess.


    But otherwise it is a great work out at home, i have the same problem with my area to walk, Plus if i get pain i can just jump off and not have to worry about walking back...LOl =)) . I got mine on craigslist for a good price too. it took a few weeks then finally the perfect one was posted and i made a cheaper offer and they excepted it. =D>

    I also bought a prof. pilates reformer from a gym we did glass and door work for. I love pilates so i put it in the proposal, ;) ,lol. But i havent took pilates in a few years so now i need to get a trainer again so i can get the basics down and get stronger so i dont injure myself.

    what area are you from? are you near ny? I AM ASKING CAUSE I CAN HELP YOU LOOK im good ant that kinda stuff. let me know if you need help. and what area your from.


  • I'm not sure either. All he said was he would write a script for it and then I could give it to my lawyer to see if W/C would except it.
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