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post op exercise---when?

carlukccarluk Posts: 4
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:45 AM in Exercise and Rehab
Hi, I had an L5 microdiscectomy 4 weeks ago. I still have a lot of sciatic pain but hopefully that will go.

I am used to doing alot of exercise in my normal life and I am wondering how soon I will be able to start swimming again and/or start some non impact cardio gym work.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks, Carl.


  • Generally there are post op instructions that tell how long after surgery you need to avoid specific movements and exercise. Have you contacted your surgeon's office to inquire about this or perhaps inquire into being sent to Physical Therapy? PT is great for teaching us how to safely stretch and strengthen our body prior to and after surgery.

    Each surgeon has their own ideas on how soon and how much they feel their patients can do. Your surgeon is the only one who really knows how much impact he had on your spine. Armed with that knowledge, he is the one best to advise you on how soon and how intensely you can exercise.

  • hi! :H as usual, "C" has given you the perfect advice to finding out about your time to start exercising! too soon can ruin your surgery!!! your doctor knows best about this.... i hope you are in the pool in no time and feeling better every day!! good luck to you! Jenny :)
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