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    Bowling

    Our company is having a team building event on 4/25 when everyone will go bowling. I am one year post op, is bowling OK? Any advice?
    I am stronger than scoliosis, and won't let it rule my life!
    45 years old - diagnosed at age 7
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    Sorry I don't have any advice since I haven't had surgery. I don't bowl now with my scoliosis. It hurts me too much. I would call up your doctor's office and ask them. They will be able to give you a thumbs up or thumbs down since they know your case. I hope you can go. Bowling is so much fun!
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    If I were you, I would go to a bowling alley and rent a lane with Dave and see how you do. Each person's fusion is a little different as is each persons way that they posture to bowl. Since you cannot twist and bend, my guess is that you would have to modify your bowling posture.

    Check it out. My guess is, yes, you can bowl, but you need to modify your stance.

    Good luck!

    Susan
    Adult Onset Degenerative Scoliosis @65, 25* T & 36* L w/ 11.2 cm coronal balance; T kyphosis 90*; Severe disc degen T & L stenosis

    2013: T3- S1 Fusion w/ ALIF L4-S1/XLIF L2-4, PSF T4-S1 2 surgeries
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    2015: Revision Broken Bil T & L rods and no fusion: 2 revision surgeries; hardware P. Acnes infection
    2016: Ant/Lat Lumbar diskectomy w/ 4 cages + BMP + harvested bone
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    Ask your surgeon is the best advice
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    Hi...

    Dr. Hu typically removes all restrictions at one year. I suspect she'd say that bowling is fine, but to stop if it's painful.

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    Thank you all for the response.
    I am stronger than scoliosis, and won't let it rule my life!
    45 years old - diagnosed at age 7
    A/P surgery on March 5/7, 2013 - UCSF

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    Quote Originally Posted by Irina View Post
    Our company is having a team building event on 4/25 when everyone will go bowling. I am one year post op, is bowling OK? Any advice?
    I would ask the doctor

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    I went bowling recently and just used the lightest-weight ball (8 lbs) and just kind of dropped it, rather than trying to bend to throw it. Surprisingly, I didn't get sore. Have fun!!

    Evelyn
    age 44
    80* thoracolumbar; 40* thoracic
    Reduced to ~16* thoracolumbar; ~0* thoracic
    Surgery 3/14/12 with Dr. Lenke, T4 to S1 with pelvic fixation
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    Had a great time bowling! That would not have been possible before the surgery, but today I had zero back pain doing it, but my arm is sore. I was using medium weight balls. Need to hit gym more often.
    I am stronger than scoliosis, and won't let it rule my life!
    45 years old - diagnosed at age 7
    A/P surgery on March 5/7, 2013 - UCSF

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