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How long till I can bowl after spine fusion?

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Dr. Ken Yonemura
Neurosurgery
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In brief: Bowling

Given the physical requirements for bowling such as trunk flexion and swinging of a heavy object in one arm, your fusion should be fairly well healed before return to this activity.
Lumbar fusions generally require 3 months for early signs of fusion that are needed for return to normal activity.

In brief: Bowling

Given the physical requirements for bowling such as trunk flexion and swinging of a heavy object in one arm, your fusion should be fairly well healed before return to this activity.
Lumbar fusions generally require 3 months for early signs of fusion that are needed for return to normal activity.
Dr. Ken Yonemura
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

In brief: Varies

This depends on region of fusion, why fusion was done, levels involved, how fusion was done & if instrumentation used & whether there are factors like smoking that may stop or slow a fusion.
How deconditioned or rehabilitated you are via physical therapy plays a role. If a neck fusion, could be as early as 3 months & for the lower back at least a year. For scoliosis surgery 1 year if fused.

In brief: Varies

This depends on region of fusion, why fusion was done, levels involved, how fusion was done & if instrumentation used & whether there are factors like smoking that may stop or slow a fusion.
How deconditioned or rehabilitated you are via physical therapy plays a role. If a neck fusion, could be as early as 3 months & for the lower back at least a year. For scoliosis surgery 1 year if fused.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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