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Is ironing clothes a restriction?

pepper09ppepper09 Posts: 138
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:29 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Is ironing clothes a restriction 2 weeks post op PLIF - on level L5, S1?


  • I would say if it hurts, don't do it. I was restricted from any pushing and pulling, but I never did anything that made me hurt. Can you iron without twisting? In the end, ask your doctor, leave a message, and they will get back to you with the REAL answer :p

  • Why would you want to do ironing anyways? I gave that up years ago. But if you are used to doing it, or if your family expect you to do it, this is best time to use the excuse "sorry, I can't just yet". try it, you may like it.

    Seriously, even if you are feeling well, you are too early in your recovery to go back to doing things like that. Take your time, and take care of yourself!

    Wishing you a speedy and complete recovery!


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  • don't do it. BLT = bending, lifting, twisting. I think one generally twists when ironing. Spray whatever it is with a light mist of water, throw it in the dryer and let it fluff. Then put it on a hanger. Voila! No more ironing.


    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
  • sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,385
    I do a lot of ironing and it hurts my back a lot so I wouldn't try it so soon after surgery. Besides, take the break as long as possible. What's a few wrinkles? Seriously though, I wouldn't do it until asking your doctor. Take care of yourself. Don't "press your luck". Sorry, lame I know. 8}
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