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Core strengthening exercises to do after low back spinal fusion?

Core strengthening exercises to do after low back spinal fusion?

Core exercises: Neutral spine core stability exercises of mcgill can be done almost immediately even while in a brace, these include planks and "bird dog" as well as abdominal pull ins. The key here is to maintain a neutral spine. Videos are on youtube and may be adapted. Definitely coordinate this with your surgeon and physical therapist. ...Read more

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Back Surgery (Definition)

Any surg that enters the muscles & beyond. Usually means involving work on the bone structurs disks r considered back surgery. They include a multitude of procedures. 2 ...Read more


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Finally feeling great again after having gallbladder removed via robotic surgery. When can I start exercising (ie zumba cardio etc)?

Finally feeling great again after having gallbladder removed via robotic surgery. When can I start exercising (ie zumba cardio etc)?

As tolerated: After laparoscopic removal of the gallbladder, whether or not the robot is used, I tell my patients to return to normal activity as tolerated by pain/discomfort at the incision sites. There might be mitigating circumstances, such as an umbilical hernia, so check with your surgeon to be sure. Glad you're feeling better! ...Read more

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Pain in arm stretching before lifting weights. Just lift and skip stretches ?

Pain in arm stretching before lifting weights. Just lift and skip stretches ?

Stretching: Some studies are showing that some people don't need as much stretching as others. Consider range of motion warm-ups if the stretches hurt. Don't forget the cool-down after, too. ...Read more

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Doctor recommended back exercises after spinal fusion surgery and rod removal?

Doctor recommended back exercises after spinal fusion surgery and rod removal?

Activity after fused: Given that rods were removed, i must assume that the fusion is solid. Therefore, there are really no restrictions for you in a solidly fused lumbar spine. Core exercises like pilates/piyo/yoga are great (your flexibility will be limited, obviously). Aerobic exercises as tolerated and continue to progress as tolerated. ...Read more

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Hurt lower back during lifting. Xray show no spine damage. Burn when sitting, bent over and post excercise. Possible pc muscle loss. Pulled muscle?

Muscle strain: It sounds like the pain in your back is worse with movement. It points to a strain in the muscles that support the spine; may have occurred during lifting. Muscle strains / sprains do not show up on X-ray; X-rays are best to check for the position & shape of bones. Rehab therapy is generally best in these situations, to strengthen the back muscles without adding more strain. Heating pads can help. ...Read more

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After shoulder surgery when will my energy return?

After shoulder surgery when will my energy return?

Quickly: You should start seeing a return of your energy levels within a few days. There is no reason why you can't be up and around, walking regularly (i.e. Resume most of your normal daily activities), which will immediately help the return of your energy. ...Read more

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OA in neck, upper back spasms. Overhead exercise tightens back. Should I try doing overhead exercises or avoid? Weights OK? Flabby upper arms/obese.

OA in neck, upper back spasms. Overhead exercise tightens back. Should I try doing overhead exercises or avoid? Weights OK? Flabby upper arms/obese.

OK to avoid them: First it may help to work with a certified personal trainer to modify an overhead exercises so that they are more "tolerable". Otherwise, no exercise that is done overhead is "necessary". Be reassured that you can readily find alternatives that will be suitable without compromising your the benefits you are receiving. ...Read more

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Experienced intense tibial pain after many workout sessions. Recently restarted workout routine after taking 2 month break. Pain is now back. Help?

Experienced intense tibial pain after many workout sessions. Recently restarted workout routine after taking 2 month break. Pain is now back. Help?

Be seen: I would certainly be seen, there are a number of possibilities including exertion all compartment syndrome, posterior tibial stress syndrome, "shin splints" among other potential causes. A detailed exam and appropriate studies can usually determine the cause . ...Read more

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Will muscles grow back after surgery?

Will muscles grow back after surgery?

Yes: Muscles atrophy after surgery and/or nonuse. Through rehab and strengthening exercises, muscles will typically regain pre surgical strength. ...Read more

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How to ease back into running after ACL surgery?

How to ease back into running after ACL surgery?

Running`: I usually tell my acl patients to wait 3 months before running. They usually have been on a bike for at least 6-8 weeks by that time. You should ease into it by running a block or two and then walking a block. Most patients can get back to running fairly quickly at that point. Always listen to your knee especially if it swells. ...Read more

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Lateral thigh pain during and after exercise?

Lateral thigh pain during and after exercise?

A few things: Check w/ md, in order of frequency: 1.Tight iliotibial (it) bands: learn some stretches from internet & do them when you're warmed up or seek physical therapy. 2.Trochanteric bursitis: might need othopedist and injection especially if thigh hurts when you roll over on it. 3:hip or low back arthritis causing "pinching" of cartilage or nerve. 4:bone pain from weakness, osteoporosis, over-training. ...Read more

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Have groin hip and back pain 2 weeks after lumbar revision surgery?

Have groin hip and back pain 2 weeks after lumbar revision surgery?

Not surprising: It's common for other structures to take on more stress after nearby surgery. ...Read more

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Neck bac . And arm pain after doing 100 pushups. Had 1chiropractic treatment. Next day ccan'trrais . Left arm?

Neck bac . And arm pain after doing 100 pushups. Had 1chiropractic treatment. Next day ccan'trrais . Left arm?

Probably muscular: "Can't raise your arm because of pain in muscles or weakness --if weakness, you need to see your physician....if you still cannot raise your arm when pain subsides again, should see your doctor ...Read more

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Injured shoulder by falling off a bike 3 yrs ago. Completed pt shortly after, but still have limited range & pain during sports. Surgery required?

Injured shoulder by falling off a bike 3 yrs ago. Completed pt shortly after, but still have limited range & pain during sports. Surgery required?

Diagnosis?: Please consider seeing a shoulder specialist to arrive at a comprehensive diagnosis first. At your young age, we often see patients with chronically unstable shoulders from similar injuries. http://www.theshouldercenter.com/shoulder-specialist.htm. ...Read more

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Do cardio walk & low impact leg exercises. After exercising i stretch my entire body for 20 minutes. Why are my hamstrings sore despite stretching?

Do cardio walk & low impact leg exercises. After exercising i stretch my entire body for 20 minutes. Why are my hamstrings sore despite stretching?

Muscle soreness: It could be normal for the muscle to become sore when the routine changes, or the exercise is strenuous enough to cause some lactic acidosis in the muscle tissue...One needs to be sure the hamstrings are the source of pain and that the pain does not result from back problems. ...Read more

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Scatia.MRI normal.but get lower back pain which moves to leg thru butt.29yrMale.Feel fine after doing yoga but weakness returns.Shld i stop exercising?

Scatia.MRI normal.but get lower back pain which moves to leg thru butt.29yrMale.Feel fine after doing yoga but weakness returns.Shld i stop exercising?

No! Don't stop!: Supervised yoga is great for conditioning your body, keeping your core strong (supports your back) and improving overall muscle tone. Staying mindfully active with low back issues is very important. Consider consultation with a physical therapist to learn exercises that would be beneficial and those to avoid. ...Read more

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How to stop neck pain after lifting weights and situps?

How to stop neck pain after lifting weights and situps?

Take it easy: You can put a lot of strain on your neck with weightlifting and it can be a common cause of disc herniation. For weight lifting, try lowering weight, increasing reps and avoiding any exercises with increased flexion or extension of neck. For sit-ups, try doing crunches instead. The hands behind the head with situps can put a great deal of pressure on your neck and cause pain and injury. ...Read more

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