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mgs
07-02-2009, 08:17 PM
I am so happy to have found this forum!

I am 48 years old, and have an S-curve. . .it's about 86 degrees thoracic, and smaller lumbar. I wore a Milw brace for a couple years (back in the 70's) and my curves were pretty stable until after my 4th (of 5) baby, in 1991. Since then, it's gotten much worse, and lately has become uncomfortable enough that I made the decision to have a fusion.

I am scheduled for surgery on Aug 25 with Dr. Tribus. He thinks, based on the 1st x-rays, that he'll fuse from T-1 to L-1, but that could change after he sees my MRI and bending films. He figures that it'll be about a 10 hour surgery.

My timing isn't too great. We built a house (near where we now live) and are moving Labor Day weekend.

A couple friends have wondered if I would have a better recovery if I started with p.t. now. Have any of you done p.t. pre-op, and if so, do you think it helped?

LindaRacine
07-02-2009, 08:39 PM
I am so happy to have found this forum!

I am 48 years old, and have an S-curve. . .it's about 86 degrees thoracic, and smaller lumbar. I wore a Milw brace for a couple years (back in the 70's) and my curves were pretty stable until after my 4th (of 5) baby, in 1991. Since then, it's gotten much worse, and lately has become uncomfortable enough that I made the decision to have a fusion.

I am scheduled for surgery on Aug 25 with Dr. Tribus. He thinks, based on the 1st x-rays, that he'll fuse from T-1 to L-1, but that could change after he sees my MRI and bending films. He figures that it'll be about a 10 hour surgery.

My timing isn't too great. We built a house (near where we now live) and are moving Labor Day weekend.

A couple friends have wondered if I would have a better recovery if I started with p.t. now. Have any of you done p.t. pre-op, and if so, do you think it helped?
Hi...

As far as I know, there are no studies that show that PT might be helpful prior to surgery. However, I doubt it would hurt to work on some core strengthening.

Good luck with your surgery.

Regards,
Linda

asccbodypro
07-02-2009, 08:43 PM
I would focus on core strengthening and also building up some strength in your arms and legs. Having strong arms and legs will really help post surgery. Of course, stay within your limits, you don't want to go and hurt your back any more than it hurts already:O)

debbei
07-02-2009, 09:24 PM
Hi,

Your story is similar to mine. I had PT prior to surgery and I did work on core strength, plus worked on arms and legs on my own. The PT may have helped with core strength, but it did nothing for my pain prior to surgery.

Good luck with your surgery and with the move.

lapieper
07-02-2009, 09:56 PM
I think PT would be helpful. I was in fairly good physical condition before my surgery, and PT after the surgery was somewhat challenging. If I had had PT before my surgery I would have been informed as to what I needed to strengthen going into the surgery (squats and lunges), and overall flexibility. I would have done whatever it took to ensure being able to squat, lunge, and touch my toes! I'm still working on being able to do that now, and I have had three back surgeries in less than one year.

betty14
07-02-2009, 10:59 PM
I am unsure if it would be useful to do strengtheing pre-surgery, given the current size of your curve.

However I would suggest speaking with a few different PT's before surgery to choose the best aftercare provider. The providers that the hospital usually recomends MAY be great, but there is no guarantee of that. Pick someone that you think has a high degee of knowledge, skill and creativity.

Best of luck!

JenniferG
07-03-2009, 03:42 AM
Pre-op, I considered getting fit would be my best bet for a better recovery so walked as fast as I could every day, walking further and further. I also kayaked for up to 5 hours a day, every other day, in the fortnight prior to surgery.

I felt strong and fit the day of surgery and I had a fairly easy recovery, if you discount the drug withdrawals. I've felt pretty much my old self since 3 months though I am still taking it easy, just in case.

Who knows, I might have had a good recovery anyway e.g. surgeon's skills might be a bigger determinent of how one recovers.

If it did nothing else, it kept my mind occupied, trying to do the best I could for myself.

titaniumed
07-03-2009, 11:42 AM
It only makes sense to go into any surgery in tip top condition. That's a no brainer.

A bottle of whisky per day, and loads of fatty fast food, and laying on the couch, might not be a good idea.

Eat healthy, and get into shape. Surgeons don't like cutting through fat.Strengthen your immune systems.

Good luck
Ed

Doodles
07-03-2009, 02:09 PM
I had always exercised but really upped it prior to surgery. Mine was just going to the gym to work out and/or going to classes there. This was on the advice of others I talked with who had had the surgery. I think it has made a big difference in my recover at 3 months. The first 3 weeks or so you may not think so but it does. Good luck. Janet