Just wondering if anyone has used an eliptical machine after fusion surgery, and if so, when did you start after surgery? I have an eliptical machine sitting at home just staring at me, but the PA didn't want me using it (he did hesitate before saying he'd rather me not). The weather in the midwest isn't the best for outdoor walking and the nearest mall is 35 miles away. I want so badly to be doing something to help me not get too out of shape. My pre-op pants are already to tight!! :jawdrop:
I am almost 6-weeks post op from a one-level PLIF (L5-S1) and have returned to work full time. As of last week, I have very little pain and often forget that I've had back surgery (except when laying in bed or rolling over). Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying I'm ready to do everything, I just know that I can do some things with moderation. I've been very careful and done what's been asked of me, understanding that the fusion process will take a long time. Any advise is greatly appreciated.