Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Post Op Exercises

I've heard a lot of folks who are planning to have scoli surgery say they wish they could see how someone fused to sacrum looks like when they move.  My daughter filmed me doing my post op exercises so hopefully this will show people what is possible after surgery.  As of today, I am 6 months 2 weeks post op and I wasn't allowed to do any exercises, except walking which started on the day after my surgery, until I was 3 months post op.

I am in no way recommending any exercise for anyone as I am not a professional physical therapist; just sharing what works for me.  If you have questions about post op exercises, talk with your surgeon.

Enjoy!

One Leg Step Up - prescribed by Dr. Lenke's physical therapist:
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Log Rolling - prescribed by Dr. Lenke PRE-OP.  Most every scoli surgery patient will need to learn log rolling in order to get in/out of bed correctly to keep the spine straight.  Patients should learn how to log roll before surgery:
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Bicep Curls - prescribed by Dr. Lenke's physical therapist.  I used to do bicep curls preop with 20 pound dumbbells, but have been using 5 pound dumbbells since the surgery.  Dr. Lenke said I can increase my weight to 10 pound dumbbells:

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Skull Crusher - NOT prescribed by Dr. Lenke but an exercise I used to do preop.  This exercise gives my upper back and shoulders a really nice stretch:
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Triceps - NOT prescribed by Dr. Lenke but an exercise I used to do preop:
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Ceiling Press - prescribed by Dr. Lenke's physical therapist:
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Flyes - prescribed by Dr. Lenke's physical therapist but an exercise I used to do preop:
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Tricep Curls - prescribed by Dr. Lenke's physical therapist:
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Overhead Press - NOT prescribed by Dr. Lenke but an exercise I used to do preop:



Modified Lunges - prescribed by Dr. Lenke's physical therapist.  After seeing this video I'm shocked at how low I'm going with my knee.  I definitely wasn't going this low when I started doing this exercise a few months ago:
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