I’m happy to report that I am recovering nicely and nearly off all pain meds just 1 day shy of 3 weeks post TLIF and sub screws surgery!
I had questions about opening my hips while I am in the first phase of recovery. I was wondering if it was okay to lie in a supine position with one knee bent and the other ankle on that knee, while opening up the leg and pushing the other knee away from my body (like figure 4) to stretch my glutes and hips.
I am walking and my hip flexors fatigue quite quickly (this has happened since 2002 during and after my first pregnancy). My legs are just in need of stretching. Also, when I am sitting up right, I wondered if it was okay to similarly raise one leg and open the hip (like crossing the legs except with one hip open and the ankle on the other leg).
I hope I am making sense, I am just worried and am being very cautious at my movements, but as I increase my walking distance my legs are feeling more and more in need of stretching!
Thank you for your help!
Amanda (fused T11 to L5 and in process of fusing L5 – S1) 3 weeks post TLIF
There is no problem to allow your hips while supine to flair out (externally rotate while flexed). Just no BLT right now.
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