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amae28
11-06-2008, 04:12 PM
I am a little more than 4 months post op and am dying to get back into my running routine. I was running around 25 miles a week before surgery. Right now my doctor has allowed me to use the eliptical, walk on the treadmill, light weights, etc, but I am really anxious to get back running. At my follow up appointment (it was in september) Dr. Lenke told me that although his little guide that I given on what I can do when after surgery says that I can jog at 4 months, he wants me to wait until after the 1st of the year. That's 6 months!!! Did anyone else have to wait that long? Right now I am doing around 4.5 miles each workout on the eliptical and treadmill and it doesn't bother me at all, in fact it's helping me sleep better at night. HELP!!!

arizo
11-06-2008, 05:37 PM
the doc. Told me 2 wait 6months

debbei
11-06-2008, 06:06 PM
Abbie,

How fabulous that you're able to do your other exercises already. I can't wait till they let me get back to my treadill, although I like to walk fast on it, not run. I'm not allowed back to the treadmill at least untill my 6 week appointment next month.

briarrose
11-06-2008, 06:51 PM
My surgeon told me it was ok to run at 4.5 months. I've only gone running once and it was a very short distance. It wasn't painful but I was extremely slow. It reminded me of when I physically could only walk a certain speed for the first 2-3 months after my surgery no matter how hard I tried.

txmarinemom
11-06-2008, 09:16 PM
I am a little more than 4 months post op and am dying to get back into my running routine. I was running around 25 miles a week before surgery. Right now my doctor has allowed me to use the eliptical, walk on the treadmill, light weights, etc, but I am really anxious to get back running. At my follow up appointment (it was in september) Dr. Lenke told me that although his little guide that I given on what I can do when after surgery says that I can jog at 4 months, he wants me to wait until after the 1st of the year. That's 6 months!!! Did anyone else have to wait that long? Right now I am doing around 4.5 miles each workout on the eliptical and treadmill and it doesn't bother me at all, in fact it's helping me sleep better at night. HELP!!!

Just another observation at the differences in surgeons ... again - LOL.

Hanson did his fellowship under Lenke, and told me (much to the shock of many here) that I could run at 2 months.

Did I? HELL no - laff ... I hate to run for the simple sake of running. I always say about softball "I can make a single out of a triple ANY day ;-)".

Actually, Abbie, MOST people (adults) have to wait close to a year for any impact sport - and running qualifies.

I'm older than you (*much*), but perhaps our heights (and your missing vertebrae/different fusion area) are a factor/s in our differences ...

Trust an elder who has had knee and ankle reconstructs, eliptical is SO much easier on you - and your joints will thank you later. Try it for now, and wait 'til Lenke gives the OK to running.

Even though I'm playing ball - running *and* sliding since 7 months post-op (and doing 500+ balls in the cage at a time) - I feel the impact from running. I'm sure it's because there's less muscle below (than before ... for now) to absorb the shock.

Hang in there and keep the low impact for now. As long as you're doing eliptical you won't lose anything. You'll find your stride is different when you start running again, anyway, I think. Just keep your quads/hams/calves toned, and your flexors and piriformis' loose.

When you're released, you'll be ready and physically toned to run. Hang in there, kiddo.

Best regards,
Pam

Nancy Joy
11-07-2008, 04:15 PM
Pam- what is good for keeping the piriformis loose? That muscle was my biggest problem before surgery on my left and I am really hoping it is solved although my buttock area is so numb yet I can't gauge for sure. Any stretches from PT did not work anymore and any activity kicked it up. Any suggestions would be great for future reference.

Nancy

txmarinemom
11-07-2008, 04:27 PM
You can't ever really get it as good as a massage therapist, but here's a good video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9Qw4aAFdbc)on self myofascial release for the piriformis. It does help!

Regards,
Pam

Nancy Joy
11-07-2008, 04:49 PM
Thank you so much!!! I have the foam roller but they had me using it entirely differently. When I can bend my legs like that (LOL) I will give this a try. What we help each other with here!!

Nancy

txmarinemom
11-07-2008, 08:01 PM
Thank you so much!!! I have the foam roller but they had me using it entirely differently. When I can bend my legs like that (LOL) I will give this a try.

Yep ... I should have mentioned, check with your PT/doctor and make sure it's safe for you. I forget sometimes (with my fusion ending at L1) that some of you are a bit more "flexibility challenged".

And especially if you're a newer pre-op still on BLT restrictions you'd definitely need to check ... as in don't try this at home kids! (unless your doc says okay ;-)

Maybe another option until you *can* do this is have a massage therapist work them for you. I went for my first post-op massage (90 minutes ... ahhhhh) a few weeks ago, and when he started working my piriformis? OMG. Chandelier syndrome!! It was SO tight. He focused on my lumbar area along with it, and I am sooooooooo much more loose. He even used his forearm along my rods to work the erectors (the force was distributed along all my ribs) and it was ~heavenly~. I wish I could go every week!

Regards,
Pam