Spinal Fusion Question

I just got a question about the Lumbar Fusion Exercise Program.

I though the answer would interest you.

Hi Rick,

I have just started the program today!

I got a surgery (fusion of D12 with D11 and L1, after a fracture) on August, 25 and I have been doing, for the last 3 weeks, a first rehab program (walking on the treadmill, aquatic walking and some basic strengthening exercises). I found your program very helpful for me, specially for the next stages. After one month of the surgery I was wondering what type of exercises would be appropriated for my case.

Regarding your proposal for Stage 2 and 3, can I assume that each one will last one month, with 3 sessions per week?

Best Regards,

PH

Thank you PH.

It is great to hear that I am able to help so many people overcome their injuries.

Let me answer his questions.

What type of exercises would be appropriated for me about a lumbar fusion?

You are on the right track.  I would continue with what you are doing now.  I would continue walking on the treadmill, aquatic walking and some basic strengthening exercises.  I would start increasing the length of time and intensity that you do each at.

Let how you feel later that evening or in the morning be your gauge on if you did too much, too little or just enough.  You should feel like you have done something, not very sore.

One other thing that I would make sure to add is core stability.  I do not mean the core stability exercises that people do on the stability ball.  I mean the exercises that activate, build endurance and strength to the muscles that are often damaged during a spinal fusion surgery.  It is important to do specific exercises that target these deep core muscles.  I go through this in the Core Stability for the Back program.

Regarding your proposal for Stage 2 and 3, can I assume that each one will last one month, with 3 sessions per week?

I have divided things up in to months.  So stage 1 would take a month, then stage 2 would be a month and then stage 3 would be another month.

There maybe some exercises that are too easy for you so you can move up to the more challenging exercise in stage 2 or 3 if the stage 1 exercise is to easy.

Plus some people will feel good and my find the stage 1 exercises so they will start at stage 2, this is fine.

Thank you for the questions, please do keep sending them.  I am so happy that I can help.

Rick Kaselj, MS

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