I had a L4-5 microdiscectomy recently, and I’m pretty sure I injured myself getting into the car leaving the hospital (mentioned this in an older post). The pain never went away, and by week two it was so bad that we scheduled a second surgery. I went back under the knife exactly five weeks from the first surgery, and everything has been going great. No pain at all at 10 days post op!
So today I had a follow up call with my surgeon. He mentioned that I’m extra susceptible to reherniating the disc now that I’ve had the surgery twice, and is recommending that I don’t do much of anything for three whole months. I’m allowed to walk, but that’s it. He said physical therapy could do more harm than good, and that I shouldn’t even start it until after the three month mark.
I know some people on here have had the surgery multiple times. I was wondering if anybody had to follow a similar less-is-more recovery plan. I plan on following his orders, of course. But it seems strange to me that I’m being told not to do ANY kind of therapy during the healing process. Any insight would be greatly appreciated!!