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Running After Op

jemmacottonjjemmacotton Posts: 1
edited 11/05/2015 - 9:45 AM in Scoliosis
Hey everyone,
About 4 months ago, I had most of my spine fused. I am having a meeting with my surgeon at 6 months to discuss being allowed to participate in sports and exercise again. I do low impact exercises at home, but I can't wait to start running again. I wanted to know what it was like for other people to run for the first couple times. I still feel the pressure of the rods when I'm walking or lying down and I can't imagine being able to run without everything feeling like its shaking!! What was it like for you?

We have many runners out here. But to get the only right answer for you , you need to discuss this with your surgeon. Every individual is different and every situation is different. So, while one person may be able to run after 11 weeks, another it might take 20 weeks.

-- Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health System Moderator 11/05/15


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  • RhondaJRRhondaJ Posts: 7
    edited 11/12/2015 - 7:11 AM
    Hi! Have to chime in on this one, I am a fitness trainer in the field more than 25 years with Spinal Fusion! I'm assuming the fusion was from scoliosis, since this is the forum on that!? Now...your doctor most likely will tell you....go, do everything you did before, have a blast! BUT.....I will tell you.....you only have one back, and it has to last forever, and you have to be smart about the things you do!! After my 2nd spinal fusion surgery, I was fused a couple more vertebrae up, and two further down. Before that I had been training and working out a lot, and also went through a pregnancy, so I was having lots of aching muscle pain. Then after my surgery, I immediately went back to training my clients, and even opening up my own personal training studio about 6 months post-surgery! I was anxious to say the least to have my life back! I ran my first 5k about 9 months later...it felt like running with a cast on!! I now look back and say it must of been the pain killers making me crazy to do that!! So my short answer is Yes...you will be able to run and do things that your body allows you to do right away ( I was even doing triatlons a few short years later and training boot camps!).....
    NOW, for my professional and experienced answer, referring to the mentioned above that you only have one back, ...... you just had a major surgery!! Your back cannot move, and stretch, and take shock in the way other backs can do now with a rod! Running puts lots of shock on the vertebrae, and the ones that are going to take the brunt are the ones under and above the fusion! (I would like to know where your fusion extends to!?) And depending on how old you are can be a factor too, meaning the younger the more pliable your body is, and responds easier to impact! You have to treat your back kindly and thing of the long term. I'm I saying not to run, no, but would I recommend doing other things that aren't quit so repetitively pounding. And yes...I know nothing compares to running, I still miss it terribly...but after all the impact I put on my spine the first few years, I have more back pain then ever, and those disc are severely compromised and will need further surgery. :( Going back, I would have done more low impact exercises, more stretching, and more massage. If you want to run, do it in moderation (which really is what I tell my clients with healthy spines!) Cross training is always the way to go! I rollerbladed a lot as well, next to my runners and found it was really a fun way to get that burn! Good luck to you...and just remember, be smart, and don't over do it even though you will want to! :) It will matter when you are in your 40's, 50's, and on, even though they mean seem forever away!! lol Feel free to email me for more info or advice! Rhonda
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