I am now one month post op double lumbar fusion. I have started walking 1 mile to 1 1/2 miles a day. The problem in my neighborhood is we do not have sidewalks, have to walk on the side of the road in the dirt/sand. Dogs are a problem, I have to carry a stick and am afraid of having a dog cause me to have to run or fall. I have a very nice treadmill at home. I have read everthing from people using treadmills as long as they are not inclined at all to people saying that you should not use one for months. I have a call in to my doctor, who has not returned my call yet. So I wanted to get other's imput on this. Thank you for any help. I just don't see how a treadmill at a low speed in the safety of my home is worse than walking in my neighborhood.