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could you tell me what's the best yoga/stretches/exercise for after a spinal fusion?

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Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Ask your surgeon: In general terms, it is safe to work on progressive core strengthening and range of motion following spinal fusion - however, you do need to discuss the timing and progression of your rehab with your surgeon, because there are many ways to do a fusion, as well as different numbers of levels fused depending on the patient.
Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 31 years experience
Avoid cobra: I would recommend avoiding the cobra stretch hyperextension is rarely comfortable in degenerative post fusion spine remember stiffness is part of fusion plan a stiff balanced spine that protects nerves was the goal i usually trcommend pilates and swimming use pain as guide replace running with elliptical or swimming.

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