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  • malissa
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    Hello Dr.Corenman,

    I am doing quite well for 7 days post-op My question is; How much should I be walking a day at this point and what are some other helpful things that I can do to aid in recovery. I am a Medic in the Canadian Armed Forces and want to use my Sick Leave wisely( 30 days, 15 of them returning to work on Light duties) Do you believe certain foods and minerals aid in tissue repair and quicker recovery times? Otherwise I am a healthy 28 y/o who probably got bucked off a few too many horses and played Rugby too long! Oh and I guess being 6 ft tall didn’t fair out with everything being a little lower(counters,sinks) Too much lordosis isn’t a good thing. Thank you in advance

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    You report a week out from a microdiscectomy at L4-5 and L5-1 and want to know what restrictions are needed. I can only tell you what my protocol is and I don’t want to step on your surgeons toes. Please check with him or her regarding what their protocol is.

    For my patients, they are walking the day of surgery. Most are discharged within 23 hours of surgery and some the same day. I send everyone out with a lumbar corset, the same type as you see on Home Depot employees. This is a reminder not to BLT during the first 4-6 weeks (that’s bend, twist lift at the same time).

    Most patients can start with a stationary bicycle or elliptical trainer within 2-3 days on easy settings. Most patients can walk as tolerated up to a mile or two. Driving within 2-3 days is generally tolerated (see driving test after lumbar surgery on website). Physical therapy starts within 7-10 days and typically lasts 6 weeks.

    Most individuals can go back to work in a sedentary job within a week. Heavy laborers may take as long as 4-6 weeks to return to work. Professional athletes can take as long as 8 weeks to regain core strength and return to competition.

    There are no foods or minerals that can aid a faster recovery. Of course, a normal diet is required and I assume that vitamin intake is also normal.

    Dr. Corenman

    PLEASE REMEMBER, THIS FORUM IS MEANT TO PROVIDE GENERAL INFORMATION ON SPINE ANATOMY, CONDITIONS AND TREATMENTS. TO GET AN ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS, YOU MUST VISIT A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL IN PERSON.
     
    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.
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