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Microdisectomy Surgery..Question

Doug TDDoug T Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:50 AM in Recovering from Surgery
I posted this in another forum but I probably should have posted here:

I had surgery to repair a herniated disk between L5 and S1 about 8 weeks ago. It was causing sciatic nerve numbness down left leg and of course excrutiating pain. The surgery was a success and I was immeditaley pain free and off meds!

I have done light walking outside (when weather permits) and occasionally use the eliptical (without arms) as my exercise. But thats all I have done. My chiripractor is urging me to do more spinal decompression to heal bone scar tissue and wants to set me up on an exercise, stretching, and therapy program. Problem is, I can't afford any visits at $50 a pop because of my mounting surgery bills.

My question is-can someone with a similar surgery history prescribe a general exercise/therapy program? I have researched all over the internet but you never know what sites are safe and accurate, and I found this site realizing there is someone here that has been through the same ordeal.

Thank you for any direction you can shove me in.
Doug T


  • I can recommend one. Stay out of your chiro's office. Go ask your surgeon about it. Mine wanted me nowhere near a chiro. The 2nd surgeon who did my fusion had the same opinion. Both said not for a year. That is an ortho and neuro opinion.

    If your surgeon says ok then go for it. I went to PT and did basic stretching exercises and core strength ones after both microdiscectomy and fusion. That's it. The rest was all walking. Many walking sessions as opposed to 1 long one.

    Be careful with what you do after a micro. People mess those up far too often from getting aggressive. 3-6 months of nothing but basic stuff. Simple moves found in pilates. You can find them on this site on the front pages.

    Remember you are not just healing from the surgery. The surgery was to allow your disc to heal itself from whatever is wrong with it. I assume herniation. That will take many months to do. Be safe.
  • Not a good idea. I did chiro for awhile. It didnt do anything, BUT you had surgery. What does your surgeon think?
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