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Thread: twisting limitations with full fusion.

  1. #61
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    Hi Gayle

    I use a stool, or the side of the bathtub. One foot up and reach down.

    Be very careful because I triggered a very painful “soft tissue” injury down by my L3 area at 22 months post. Move real slow and don’t dwell down there. Just do some reaches and work (stretch) into it.

    They sell long handled toenail clippers...and long shoe horns...Ikea has the long shoe horns. I have a long shoe horn but do not use it anymore.

    I can also squat down to the floor to tie my shoes. It’s the maximum extent of my reach.

    Glad to hear things are well.

    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 58, the new 53...
    Pre surgery curves C12,T70,L70
    ALIF/PLIF T2-Pelvis 01/29/08, 01/31/08 7" pelvic anchors BMP
    Dr Brett Menmuir St Marys Hospital Reno,Nevada

    Bending and twisting pics after full fusion
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showt...on.&highlight=

    My x-rays
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...2&d=1228779214

    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...3&d=1228779258

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    Can you twist while bending?

    Ed,
    I know I won't be trying this until Janurary at the earliest, but . . .
    I know you can make a good rotation to the right and the left while in a standing or sitting position. Can you bend slightly forward at your hips (knees flexed) and still twist to the right and the left (like in a golf swing)? Hey, I might make a golfer out of you!
    Karen

    Surgery-Jan. 5, 2011-Dr. Lenke
    Fusion T-4-sacrum-2 cages/5 osteotomies
    70 degree thoracolumbar corrected to 25
    Rib Hump-GONE!
    Age-60 at the time of surgery
    Now 66
    Avid Golfer & Tap Dancer
    Retired Kdgn. Teacher

    See photobucket link for:
    Video of my 1st Day of Golf Post-Op-3/02/12-Bradenton, FL
    Before and After Picture of back 1/7/11
    tap dancing picture at 10 mos. post op 11/11/11-I'm the one on the right.
    http://s1119.photobucket.com/albums/k630/pottoff2/

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    Can you do the above physical request while looking at the floor (golfball) at least while rotating to the right and back to center?

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    Ti Ed, after you do that, can you see if you can strut around the room like a chicken whilst reciting the Bill of Rights?

    Then report back. Thanks.

    :-)
    Sharon, mother of identical twin girls with scoliosis

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    We know he has numerous talents!
    Karen

    Surgery-Jan. 5, 2011-Dr. Lenke
    Fusion T-4-sacrum-2 cages/5 osteotomies
    70 degree thoracolumbar corrected to 25
    Rib Hump-GONE!
    Age-60 at the time of surgery
    Now 66
    Avid Golfer & Tap Dancer
    Retired Kdgn. Teacher

    See photobucket link for:
    Video of my 1st Day of Golf Post-Op-3/02/12-Bradenton, FL
    Before and After Picture of back 1/7/11
    tap dancing picture at 10 mos. post op 11/11/11-I'm the one on the right.
    http://s1119.photobucket.com/albums/k630/pottoff2/

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    Thanks Ed! I tried as you said and lo and behold, was able to stretch enough now to cut my toenails last night!!! How proud I am--no sore spots today although I really felt the stretch in my upper thoracic area!

    And, can you do the above requests and then send us a photo? You know how we love your various photos, but you haven't posted any in a long time.

    Take care, I hope your knee pain settles down.
    Gayle, age 50
    Oct 2010 fusion T8-sacrum w/ pelvic fixation
    Feb 2012 lumbar revision for broken rods @ L2-3-4
    Sept 2015 major lumbar A/P revision for broken rods @ L5-S1


    mom of Leah, 15 y/o, Diagnosed '08 with 26* T JIS (age 6)
    2010 VBS Dr Luhmann Shriners St Louis
    2017 curves stable/skeletely mature

    also mom of Torrey, 12 y/o son, 16* T, stable

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    Good one, Pooka! Yeah we want the video of that. Janet
    Janet

    61 years old--57 for surgery

    Diagnosed in 1965 at age of 13--no brace
    Thoracic Curve: 96 degrees to 35 degrees
    Lumbar Curve: 63 degrees to 5 degrees
    Surgery with Dr. Lenke in St. Louis--March 30, 2009
    T-2 to Pelvis, and hopefully all posterior procedure.

    All was posterior along with 2 cages and 6 osteotomies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doodles View Post
    Good one, Pooka! Yeah we want the video of that. Janet
    Yep!

    Next I'm going to kindly ask him if he can do this without pain while whistling Dixie...

    http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r...eese_22739.jpg

    And then report back.
    Sharon, mother of identical twin girls with scoliosis

    No island of sanity.

    Question: What do you call alternative medicine that works?
    Answer: Medicine


    "We are all African."

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    Karen
    At some point, I will have to grab a driver and give it a whirl.....Its been awhile.

    Sharon
    Do this?
    http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r...eese_22739.jpg

    Of course!

    Sounds like you need to watch. I feel the same way. He he

    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 58, the new 53...
    Pre surgery curves C12,T70,L70
    ALIF/PLIF T2-Pelvis 01/29/08, 01/31/08 7" pelvic anchors BMP
    Dr Brett Menmuir St Marys Hospital Reno,Nevada

    Bending and twisting pics after full fusion
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showt...on.&highlight=

    My x-rays
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...2&d=1228779214

    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...3&d=1228779258

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    Hey Ti Ed, that came up "page not found."
    Sharon, mother of identical twin girls with scoliosis

    No island of sanity.

    Question: What do you call alternative medicine that works?
    Answer: Medicine


    "We are all African."

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    Karen
    Good news. I grabbed a driver, and did it. I started with 5 practice swings and popped a ball about 30 yards with not too much effort. The club head speed would take some practice but I know it would come in time.

    With some practice, you can do this. Plan on it.

    Sharon, it’s the same pic. I just need a girl in a champagne glass, shouldn’t be too hard in Reno...I could find one in 5 minutes.

    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 58, the new 53...
    Pre surgery curves C12,T70,L70
    ALIF/PLIF T2-Pelvis 01/29/08, 01/31/08 7" pelvic anchors BMP
    Dr Brett Menmuir St Marys Hospital Reno,Nevada

    Bending and twisting pics after full fusion
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showt...on.&highlight=

    My x-rays
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...2&d=1228779214

    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...3&d=1228779258

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    Thanks, Ed. I'm certainly going to try. I know Rich posted that he hadn't lost any distance at all, but he is not fused as high as I am and can make a shoulder turn. I may have to turn my shoulders and hips together which is not my normal swing. I'll have to develop a new "normal" and hope it works.
    Karen

    Surgery-Jan. 5, 2011-Dr. Lenke
    Fusion T-4-sacrum-2 cages/5 osteotomies
    70 degree thoracolumbar corrected to 25
    Rib Hump-GONE!
    Age-60 at the time of surgery
    Now 66
    Avid Golfer & Tap Dancer
    Retired Kdgn. Teacher

    See photobucket link for:
    Video of my 1st Day of Golf Post-Op-3/02/12-Bradenton, FL
    Before and After Picture of back 1/7/11
    tap dancing picture at 10 mos. post op 11/11/11-I'm the one on the right.
    http://s1119.photobucket.com/albums/k630/pottoff2/

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    .................lol

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    Smile Surgery scheduled May 16, 2012

    Thank you all for positive comments. With surgery coming up fast I am trying to concentrate on all the positive and look at these message boards probably way too much but it seems to be helping. 53-year-old female with idiopathic scoliosis since 13 and have seen quite a progression in the last 10 years. Can't wait to be out of pain and able to walk long distances, shop, and play with my grandchild. I will be having lots of questions and hope some of you will be able to help me - especially with what I can expect post operatively the firstly two weeks.

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    Ahhh.....a new poster. And reading my threads. Oh no!

    Hey, if you have any questions, let em rip.

    The first few weeks after surgery are hard, BUT can be worth it as many will attest.....

    Welcome to the forum

    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 58, the new 53...
    Pre surgery curves C12,T70,L70
    ALIF/PLIF T2-Pelvis 01/29/08, 01/31/08 7" pelvic anchors BMP
    Dr Brett Menmuir St Marys Hospital Reno,Nevada

    Bending and twisting pics after full fusion
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showt...on.&highlight=

    My x-rays
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...2&d=1228779214

    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...3&d=1228779258

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