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spineadvisor: Neck & Back Pain eNewsletter from April 14, 2010
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Exercising after Spine Surgery
Let Comfort Be Your Guide
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My L5-S1 vertebrae have been fused—and I have 2 small rods to keep 2 artificial discs in place. The surgery was in February 2009, and I've started running again. It feels okay, but there's some soreness. Is the soreness telling me that it's too soon to run?

—Baltimore, MD

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Gradually working activity back into your post-operative routine is important to a successful, speedy recovery. Most fusion patients are afraid to be active, fearing that it might adversely affect the effectiveness of their surgery. But if you incorporate exercise gradually, then it will actually promote a healthy recovery.

The overarching guidelin when it comes to exercising after surgery is to...

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Nicola V. Hawkinson This Week's Expert
Nicola V. Hawkinson, NP
Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
NYU - Hospital for Joint Diseases
New York, NY
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