Exercise for fusion veterans
Ever since my first surgery, I have been complaining that I could not find exercises designed specifically for people with fusions. Even reading this website, there's lots of contradictions from PT, doctors, and other trainers about what kind of exercises to do. Recently, I finally found a book that is SPECIFICALLY designed for people with fusions. It's called "Pilates for Fragile Backs," written by Andra FischgrundStanton and Ruth Hiatt-Coblentz with a foreword by Dr. Boachie. One of the women had flatback syndrome and both have had two spinal fusion surgeries. They have taken traditional Pilates exercises and modified them for people with fusions.
I'm not that familiar with Pilates, and have not tried this yet, because I'm in the process of seeing doctors to evaluate whether I need another surgery. Once I have that answer, I intend to find a Pilates Studio and try these exercises. It seems worthwhile since it has been tested by two women with fusions.
I'll let you all know if/when I try this out. And if anyone else tries it, please let us know.
10/24/00 posterior fusion T4-L4 at age 57
8/5/05 posterior surgery for spinal stenosis at L4-L5; laminectomy and fusion
5/14/07 posterior revision with fusion to sacrum
2/11/08 anterior discectomy L5-S1, and reinforcement of fusion with plate attached to L5-S1
3/9/2011 and 3/11/2011 revision surgery with Dr. Lenke, St. Louis - complete revision and fusion with instrumentation from T1 to sacrum, one lumbar osteotomy.