I'm four months after a triple laminectomy and fusion. My progress has been like the stock market -- up, then down. Right now my only exercise is walking. I recently started walking with two poles (nordic walking) and found it really helps. Not only does walking with poles take about 25% of the body weight off the spinal column, using them works out every muscle in the upper body -- greatly strengthening the core. I tried walking with a cane, but that always threw me off to one side and hurt my lower back. Has anyone else had experience with pole walking? I'm also down to 4 vicodin a day.
Robert L. Hyde