Thank you for your forum.
I had a l5-s1 microdiscectomy 6 weeks ago. Surgery alleviated all the gluteal pain I had. I have been walking about six miles a day with very little discomfort. After starting physical therapy 2.5 weeks ago I started developing mild back and mid hamstring pain. Still no gluteal pain or radiating symptoms. Is this “normal”. Part of me tho is this is normal healing however I am concerned about reherniation. I appreciate your thoughts. Thank You
Your note: “I have been walking about six miles a day” right after a microdisc surgery is a bit too much walking. The surgery site and the nerve root needs to heal. Collagen needs about 3 weeks to attach and 3 weeks to “harden” so I would reduce the walking activity somewhat to allow healing to occur. You can work on hamstring stretches (gently).
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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.