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recovery after discectomy surgery

Hello all,
I am new here. I am 32 and had L4/S1 discectomy surgery on 20th Aug so I'm just over 5 weeks post op.
Since the operation I have noticed that I am not limping anymore and since a week or so afterwards my sciatica has mainly gone.
I met my physio for the first time a few weeks ago and she added to the exercises that the hospital had given me.
Since I started one of the new exercises I have been in even more pain.
its the exercise where you lie on your back with legs bend and move the leg like a scissor out to the side whilst holding your pelvic floor muscles. It seems to create more pressure on my lower back and activate the nerves so it feels like they are electric afterwards and movement is hard. I am going to speak to her about it when I see her again on Thursday but I guess my question is - have you had experience of exercises taking you back a few steps as perhaps you are using muscles you havent for a while? should I keep persevering?
The high back chair (my Granny chair I call it) that I have been sitting comfortably in for the past five weeks is also becoming uncomfortable for my back - I guess I am worried about these changes and I am supposed to be going back to work in over a weeks time.
Any support or advice would be great.


  • Yes, excercises that you haven't ever done or haven't done is awhile can flare things up for a bit while your body adjusts to them. All of the physical therapy excercises are meant to restore range of motion, flexibility, and stretch your muscles , while strengthening at the same time.
    The pain flare up should ease as you continue to improve in strengthening and flexibility.
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