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Old 03-23-2007, 09:12 AM   #1
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Question Swimming after fusion surgery

Hi,

I see that a lot of us that have had fusions are told to walk a lot but I was wondering has anyone’s doctor told them they could or should go swimming? I’m curious how many of you have been swimming post-op and did it help? Also what type of stroke did you use? Thanks.

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Old 03-23-2007, 09:17 AM   #2
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Re: Swimming after fusion surgery

I get my staples out Sat. from a 2 level fusion. I am planning on asking my doc about some aqua therapy at my local Y. I will post when I know what his answer is. Take care.


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Old 03-23-2007, 09:21 AM   #3
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Re: Swimming after fusion surgery

I've had three back surgeries and the last one was the worst. I was prescribed pool therapy because I was basically imobilized. I can't recomend any type of swimming, I can only tell you that my therapy involved more exercising than anything. The pool removes a lot of the pressures on your back caused by gravity. It helped me do simple exercises without causing stress on my back. Mine was part of my physical therapy and the water was not much deeper than my waist. They had me do simple things like walking around, leg raises, toe raises, stretching and other things. I can say that it was a great experience for me and would highly recomend it.

 
Old 03-23-2007, 09:32 AM   #4
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Re: Swimming after fusion surgery

Hi fusionman, I'm two months after fusion, I had my check today and my doctor said that I can start to swim two times a week very very gently, I can do all the strokes (only butterfly is forbidden) but I think I'll do only back-stroke that helped me a lot after the two last surgery...Next week I'll start and I'll tell you!
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Old 03-24-2007, 08:29 AM   #5
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Hi,

Thanks for everyone’s reply. I used to swim 2 to 3 times a week at the local Y and really miss it. I would love to get back to it especially considering how little stress it placed on my joints. I think I will call the doctor next week and ask I can at least go and walk slowly in the water?


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Old 03-24-2007, 08:34 AM   #6
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Re: Swimming after fusion surgery

[QUOTE=patrizia64;2877594]Hi fusionman, I'm two months after fusion, I had my check today and my doctor said that I can start to swim two times a week very very gently, I can do all the strokes (only butterfly is forbidden) but I think I'll do only back-stroke that helped me a lot after the two last surgery...Next week I'll start and I'll tell you![/QUOTE]

Hi Patrizia64,

Awesome that you can return to swimming full strokes so soon. Please keep us posted as to how it goes? Thanks

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Old 03-24-2007, 10:46 AM   #7
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Re: Swimming after fusion surgery

Fusionman,
I hope that swimming will help...today is one of those hard days....pain is bad bad and I mostly layed in the bed....can't figure me in the pool on apr.1, don't worry I will continue to post, and to read I'm addicted to this forum as to codine
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Old 03-24-2007, 11:12 AM   #8
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Hi Patrizi64,

So sorry to hear you're having a bad day . I wish you a speedy recovery.

It would be great to hear that you're swimming painfree sometime in the near future. Be well.

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Old 03-24-2007, 11:50 AM   #9
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Re: Swimming after fusion surgery

Hi Patrizia,
I hope you feel better soon.
You live in such a beautiful country, where did you learn english so well?
It's not my native language either but I have been living in the States for a few years now. I took italian for a year when I was in college,but don't remember much. I love to travel and I,m so upset that my back does't allow me to do that. i was suppose to live to Athennes yesterday for ten days to visit my best friend, but i chickened out and cancelled my reservations when I got a flare up about a month ago. It's a twelve hours flight. I have trouble sitting for half an hour and walking on the plane for this many hours is not easy either. This is so depressing , can't even go to a movie or play catch with my kids. We give up so many things, that it's annoying. On the other hand, all of us would hapilly give up this things to be pain free.
Do you feel the same?

 
Old 03-24-2007, 02:19 PM   #10
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Re: Swimming after fusion surgery

I swear I do, Ala...I gave up to many things, I love to travel ,I do it for my job (air stewardess) and by myself, my father lives in Kenia in winter and as I had to avoid long air travels I missed my usual 10 days at the beach in Malindi for two years...I canceled my trip to India last year and St. Petersburg this spring, I can't imagine to walk in the Hermitage museum with this horrible pain.... that's why we speak about depression so often in this board normal life seems so far away..if you understand what I mean...playing with my son is also something I miss above all...
Sorry, sometimes I feel like I don't find the right words, that's why I thank you for the compliments...I've learned english in the school and then I've been living in Cape Cod for three months after graduation. My parents were obsessed with foreign languages so I also learned to speak french, spanish, german...and then three years ago I started to study japanese...but this is really too much for me!!!
Thank you Ala and Fusionman for the encouragement words...tonight I'm a little better...thanks to codine....((((((((((((((((hugs)))))))))))))))))))
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