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walking after triple laminectomy and fusion

edited 06/11/2012 - 8:48 AM in Spinal Stenosis
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


  • because that the best way to exercise post back operation .has your physio not mentioned this to you ? swimming helps because its not putting any load on =your back when you feel stronger .the cross trainer will help you get in shape .BUT don't over do it
  • i give you kudos for doing that! i haven't done pole walking but it sounds like a full body workout. good for you, you are putting me to shame. lol.
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  • but my chiro, before I was going to have surgery, suggested that I might want to try it.

    I do walk every day for 2 miles, which I think is really helpful. I never used a cane or walker, even the day after surgery. I think that perhaps all the walking I had done before surgery to try to avoid it, had helped to build up my muscles. I must admit that all the nurses and physiotherapist in the hospital were amazed at how good and upright my walking was.

    I am 5 weeks post-op double laminectomy/fusion and my only problem with walking is the rigid brace I must wear which makes walking very difficult due to it putting pressure on my lower back. After I can get out of this brace I may just look into the Nordic walking you're talking about. It would be a good thing to condition my upper body.

    On the up side, I'm off the Vicodin I was taking for pain and am just today starting a test to see what I feel like without the Lyrica I've been taking for nerve pain.

    I wish you continued improvement! Thanks for sharing what you're doing. :)

    2009 Foraminotomy C6-72010 PLIF L4-S1Multi RFA's, cervical inj, lumbar injLaminectomy L3-4 and fusion w/internal fixation T10-L4 July 17Fusion C2-C5 yet to be scheduled
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