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Thread: Knee pain - recently fused to sacrum

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2008

    Knee pain - recently fused to sacrum

    Dear Scoli Friends ~

    In October I was fused from L3 through the sacrum. (Previously fused T4 - L3) I can feel that my walking style is different without the old pelvic motion and I am guessing that's the reason I'm experiencing some knee pain after being on my feet.

    Has that happened to any of you?

    If so, did it decrease with time?

    I appreciate hearing your experience!
    Ginger Woolley

    Oct 2018, L3 - S1, Anterior & Posterior, Dr Sigurd Berven, UCSF, San Francisco
    May 2008, T4 - L3, Dr. Ohenaba Boachie, Hospital for Special Surgery, NYC
    Sept 1967, T4 - T 11, without instrumentation, Dr Thomas Brown, Stanford

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Yes and yes.

    It takes a long time for soft tissues to adapt....many months. New sneakers with foam inserts are heavenly, and use walking sticks or ski poles.

    49 yr old male, now 61, the new 61...
    Pre surgery curves 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

    My x-rays

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2016

    Some Suggestions

    Hi Ginger,

    Based upon my own experience and what I have read [including posts in this forum] I do think that fused spines put additional stress on joints both up AND down from the fused spine. That certainly includes the knees. I would second Ed's suggestions: get good running shoes [with a good heel cup & use a good insole]. One relatively inexpensive shoe that works for me is: Silver Combo Saucony Grid Stratos 5 Women's Running Shoes. Also , in this shoe I always place an insole recommended by my Sports Medicine Doctor: Green SuperFeet []. I find that I have to wear this type of shoe AND the insole if I don't want my knees to hurt. Occasionally if I need to wear dressier shoes I can only do for a short time period without paying a price with painful knees. To me this is good evidence that if I can stabilize my feet when I walk/hike, I can protect my knees.

    I typically have to replace my shoes at about 6 months [even though they look fine]. I've started recording the date when I start using a new pair of shoes so I don't have to find out they are worn out with knee pain. The Superfeet last a bit longer [maybe a year]. I hope this helps you, Terry
    1973 Diagnosed with scoliosis [left thoracic curve 75* and right lumbar curve of 72*]
    Spinal fusion surgery with Harrington Rod instrumentation
    Left thoracic curve corrected to 55* and right lumbar curve corrected to 45*
    2013 Significant pain down right, upper leg
    2015 MRI of lumbar spine detects "multilevel degenerative disc disease with disc bulges and facet hypertrophy" AND
    the presence of a "possible nerve sheath tumor" at L2-L3

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