I am weaning off a mid body neck brace and wondering about lifting within reason. If I use the proper lifting procedures can I lift a little heavier items like 10 to 20 pounds? also light floor mopping and sweeping. again 6 weeks out from t3 through t7 fusion
I can’t speak for your surgeon’s protocol regarding recovery and the thoracic fusion. I can only tell you what my protocol is so make sure you speak with your surgeon as his protocol may be very different than mine. I would not let you load this fusion until 3 months. In my opinion, this area (T3-7) is very difficult to brace and activities like mopping and lifting greater than 10 pounds would put an undue burden on the fusion.
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Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.