View Full Version : Post surgery exercise

04-01-2006, 07:13 AM
My daughter, Caitlin, is 17 and has Scoliosis caused by Marfan's Syndrome. She has had surgery and has 2 rods and 13 screws. She desperately wants to exercise (slim down and tighten up) her stomach and waist but can't do situps or crunches, any ideas?

04-01-2006, 10:47 AM
My daughter is fused from T3-L2 and when she went to pt after her surgery, they told us they wanted her to do crunches. Of course we laughed, knowing she couldn't do crunches. The therapist said for her to go through the motions as though she could, and she would still be using her stomach muscles.

Mary Lou

04-01-2006, 12:51 PM
Your daughter should not do any exercises without the guidance from a good physical therapist. Ask her surgeon for a referral.


09-11-2006, 06:15 PM
I was told by a physical therapist leg lifts (lying on your back) and pelvic tilts.

09-14-2006, 03:47 PM
I had PT following my surgery and my therapist had me do some exercises that gets the same results as crunches but you do them while standing or lying flat on your back. They worked great and provided amazing ab and lower back strengthening.

I agree with Linda....get your daughter to a therapist via her surgeon....after all she has gone through, you don't want her to do something that could result in injuries.

09-14-2006, 05:04 PM
I have been officially banned from doing sit-ups and crunches (YAY! :p )
by my surgeon, not sure if thats because my rod broke though (Don't worry! I had my op 16 yrs ago and things were different then)
But anyway, I had PT and they had me buy a Gym Ball, you must sit on it and try and balance with both feet flat on the ground, this is brilliant for core stability which includes those abs, you can then add other movement that become more challenging. Core stability is very important for ALL scoliosis sufferers young and old, pre and post surgery.
If you want any more info just ask.

09-15-2006, 04:22 AM
My PT told me that it would be no crunches/sit ups for ever for me but that the best core excercise will be a gym ball. I am still not allowed to use it though - I hope to get clearance to do so at my next post op appointment (9 months) but my surgeon says it might be 12 months. In the meantime I am allowed to lie on the bed and suck my tummy in towards my spine - thats the only thing my PT says I can do that will help at this stage.

I agree with everyone else though - you need a good PT.

02-01-2007, 05:18 AM
I had my surgery in 2005. It's taken me a while, but now I'm running, doing yoga (except the parts where you have to arch your back, I can't do that any more. :D ) I'm also able to do situps with a pilates ball. I can't lay with my back flat on the floor anymore either. (bummer) And I'm also working at doing push ups. I'm still in the military also, 6 years running and getting ready for another deployment to the sandbox. :D It is possible to exercise after surgery, you just have to pace yourself, have your doctors blessing, and go with it. Don't give up either. It's going to be hard, but eventually you will get better at it. If you have any questions just let me know. ~Shelley

02-01-2007, 06:18 PM
great cheat...

02-01-2007, 06:19 PM
...get a toner belt.

they are great

i used them before my op for obvious reasons couldnt do cruches and hopefully will be using once my brace comes off-they really do work. Mine is a slendertone

02-03-2007, 04:27 PM
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.