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I'm 17 months post op two level lumbar fusion surgery and still having muscle tightening, muscle fatigue, and muscle spasms...Is this common?

I'm 17 months post op two level lumbar fusion surgery and still having muscle tightening, muscle fatigue, and muscle spasms...Is this common?

It can be: If you had a posterior approach for your surgery, the muscles can be damaged from the exposure and can result in chronic deconditioning and muscular pain. You may benefit from a walking program and physical therapy to strengthen your core and lumbar muscles. Finally, it is important to confirm that you are indeed fused. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Tromanhauser
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Discectomy (Definition)

Discectomy is the a surgical procedure in which the ruptured portion of a ruptured spinal disc (the pad between two vertebrae) is removed. Disc tissue near the rupture may also be removed, but usually most of the disc is saved. If a spinal fusion is needed, a more ...Read more


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I am having a spinal fusion for progressive scoliosis. Is post op physio therapy helpful?

I am having a spinal fusion for progressive scoliosis. Is post op physio therapy helpful?

YES: Once the fusion becomes solid, exercises to strengthen the core muscles is a must. The stronger your core muscles the less chance for pain from muscle fatigue. ...Read more

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Is yoga a good exercise therapy for someone who is 14 months post op two level lumbar spinal fusion?

Is yoga a good exercise therapy for someone who is 14 months post op two level lumbar spinal fusion?

YOGA For everyone: Yes. It is an incredible and valuable form of stretching and exercise that many people with musculoskeletal issues find beneficial. It is also a great way to learn to calm one's mind and to gain some control in a life filled with pain and anxiety. ...Read more

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Low back pain. 8 mos post laminectomy. Need good lower back strengthening exercises. Pain dr. Claims says its bio mech changes in facets post surgery?

Low back pain. 8 mos post laminectomy. Need good lower back strengthening exercises. Pain dr. Claims says its bio mech changes in facets post  surgery?

Possibly: There is nothing about a laminectomy that should precipitate facet pain/arthritis. But patietns with spinal stenosis who require laminectomy often have multiple back issues including facet arthritis. There could be scarring after surgery causing some pain but typically you would have some leg pain as well. After completing pt and core exercises, facet pain can easily be tested with an injeciton. ...Read more

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6 weeks post endo carpal tunnel sg, doing pt, daily stretches and massage but palm/incis site still stiff. Pt says should be less stiff by now. Pls help?

6 weeks post endo carpal tunnel sg, doing pt, daily stretches and massage but palm/incis site still stiff. Pt says should be less stiff by now. Pls help?

Sounds normal: When you have a cut or surgery, the body heals by depositing scar tissue. Typically this is the thickest by six weeks after surgery, so you should feel stiff and tight at this point. Then the body begins to remodel the scar tissue and it will soften but that can take another few weeks. Don't be discouraged but keep up with pt. ...Read more

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2months after spine surgery (microdiscectomy L5-S1),started pt and I'm feeling great...can I wear high heels?

2months after spine surgery (microdiscectomy L5-S1),started pt and I'm feeling great...can I wear high heels?

EZ does it: Very high heels could put unwarranted strain on your lower back. Start with a pair with 2-3" heels, wear them for a few days and see how your back reacts.Go back to flats if your back begins to hurt. Gradually increase the height over time, slowing down if you experience discomfort in your back. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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What are good physical therapy exercises post arthroscopic surgery due to a meniscus tear?

What are good physical therapy exercises post arthroscopic surgery due to a meniscus tear?

Straight leg easier: When walking, place your foot in front of your body, landing on the outer heel of your foot. Your foot should land on either side of an imaginary line, and your toe should be pointed at 45 degree angle from the ground. Land with your leg straight, and keep it straight until after the leg has passed behind you. When your leg is behind your body, push off with your big toe forcing your body forward. ...Read more

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1 month post op(microdiscectomy),which daily activities are dangerous to do,can doing phisical therapy cause reherniation...so scared?

1 month post op(microdiscectomy),which daily activities are dangerous to do,can doing phisical therapy cause reherniation...so scared?

Avoid heavy lifting: After this type of surgery you want to follow the directions of your surgeon. You should avoid heavy lifting and jumping or doing any activity that can cause a large increase in pressure on your back. Physical therapists are trained to help with pain and to assist with recovery. They will be very careful not to cause harm. Just follow their directions for home activities. ...Read more

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What is physical therapy like after lumbar laminectomy surgery?

What is physical therapy like after lumbar laminectomy surgery?

This can range from: None with just home exercises such as walking progressing to stretching and core strengthening over a few weeks to full activities by 12 weeks to a guided pt program basically providing the same with the addition of modalities such as heat, ultrasound, massage and muscle stimulation and reinforcement and encouragement. ...Read more

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Can weighted leg curls be done 4 weeks post op knee microfracture surgey?

Can weighted leg curls be done 4 weeks post op knee microfracture surgey?

Microfracture: Depends on what part of your knee that was microfractured...But most likely yes. Talk with your surgeon to find out for sure. ...Read more

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Post spinal surgery rehabilitation, what are some good excercises, foods and pain reduction tips?

Post spinal surgery rehabilitation, what are some good excercises, foods and pain reduction tips?

Same good habits to : Use even if never had any surgery! avoid prolonged positioning: sitting, driving or standing. Sit with chair that has arms ; high back. Exercise regularly in terms of cardio, flexibility ; core strengthening while keeping weight under control with no specific restrictions other than good calcium and vitamin intake especially vit d. Avoid smoking ; get a good night's sleep with a firm mattress. ...Read more

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Post op sciatic pain 3 weeks after surgery. What can be done?

It's still early: In the post operative period to make changes to your current regimen. Continue pain medications and level of activity suggested by your spine surgeon. ...Read more

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R Achilles pain for yr.(no specific injury) diagn=tendonosis tx=PRP 6m later still bump and pain at bump, no fluid when aspirated tx=cortisone injection in bursa Looking for best post injection plan? rest time? crutches?boot? heavy runner and cyclist

Achilles tendonopath: Use. Boot and NSAID for one week , then advance with cycling only for a week , after which u can start up with treadmill or stair stepper . You should use half inch heel lifts in all of your shoes to reduce force going across your Achilles with each step. Monitor your progress . Reducing activity if pain is increased , stay on consistent use of NSAID for 4-6 weeks ...Read more

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Harrington rod op 32 years ago (dorsal&lumbar). Age, 46. Difficulty walking, sciatica & osteoarthritis pain. What exercises and nutrition could help?

Harrington rod op 32 years ago (dorsal&lumbar). Age, 46. Difficulty walking, sciatica & osteoarthritis pain. What exercises and nutrition could help?

SWIMMING: would be very beneficial for you! Make sure your diet contains enough Calcium (or obtain Calcium Supplements) and vitamin D (You should check these with your PCP! You ahould also consider a "fresh" evaluation by a SPINE Specialist! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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I'm 6 weeks post-op tibial plateau fracture repair; nwb for 3 mos. My dr. Says to start strengthening and rom. What exercises can I do for this?

I'm 6 weeks post-op tibial plateau fracture repair; nwb for 3 mos. My dr. Says to start strengthening and rom. What exercises can I do for this?

Big injury:Good luck: Plateau fx can be complex. Each one has own personality, so may be better if you received specifics from your surgeon or therapist. Basic rom exercise is simple: the knee is a hinge and moves forward and backward. Any exercise that does that (hinges) will work. Sit on your bed, dangle your foot and try to raise your foot to straight in front, allow gravity to bend back . Can slide on floor also. ...Read more

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6 yes post op rotator cuff, major cracking when i light strengthening exercises. 7 lb mx. Scar tissue ? Or should I worry?

6 yes post op rotator cuff, major cracking when i light strengthening exercises. 7 lb mx. Scar tissue ? Or should I worry?

Hard to say: There is a term called crepitance and is the crunching sound heard when arthritic joint is moved. You may have developed some arthritis, possibly related to your previous tear. Consider being seen as there are other potential causes as well. ...Read more

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Regular bracing, physio post 37wks of severe ankle sprain.Still pain on weightbearing for 10min.Mri 3month back-2 torn lig.How long physio 2B continued?

Regular bracing, physio post 37wks of severe ankle sprain.Still pain on weightbearing for 10min.Mri 3month back-2 torn lig.How long physio 2B continued?

Foot and ankle : At 37 weeks out you should be under the care of a podiatric or orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon. Surgery may just be the best option for you, then followed with physician directed physio. Plorotherapy and or prp can be tried if your surgeon agrees. ...Read more

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Dr. James Lin
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Diskectomy (Definition)

The term discectomy refers to an excision of all or part of a disc. The disc itself is a cartilage structure that is located between two vertebral bodies. Disectomies are typically performed to improve pain and/or function in a patient that had ...Read more