Good news....after 9 months I am pretty well fused. He said that bone growth would continue for up to 1 1/2 yrs. but I am pretty solid. BTW, his opinion on taking MOtrin is as follows: as bone cells are beginning to form, Motrin and NSAIDS are to be avoided. However, after bone has formed, the motrin will not affect the rest of the growth (around 6 mths.) Just his opinion.
Here's my BIG question...anybody having problem hips. I have been walking 2 miles a day since the 2nd month. My hips are getting worse. He said it is common in fusion patients and gave me a cortisone shot in each hip which isn't doing much. I am seeing PT, stretching, ice cupping, keeping my shoulders back when I walk.
1) what have you found for relief
2) Do you keep walking?
3) Any particular stretches/exercises help more than others.