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Anyone with multi lumbar fusions...How flexiable are you?

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  • This is an interesting discussion. What amazes me mostly when somebody asks me if I can do everything I have done before my three-level (L3-S1) fusion on 5/1/08. My answer is, yes, but with modifications, or alternatively, I think I could do anything but I don't know as I have not tried. Since I was warned not to put more stress on the vertebrae above the fusion area, I am really careful. Somebody gave me a book titled "8 steps for a pain-free back" and the author advocates doing hip hinges, rather than bending from the waist. That is what I do. I am so used to it now that I can bend to pick up things bending from the floor from the hip joint with straight back and I don't even think about it. Reaching up high is a problem, but the PT taught me to do it from a lounging position or use a step stool. I am now back to my regular exercise class where I substitute some moves for others that don't seem right to me. I walk an average 12,000 -20,000 steps a day. Oh, and I am 72 years of age (not old by any means!)

    Kin
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