I am three weeks post op for a L5/S1 herniation. The heel pain and sciatica are gone and I am thankful for that.
I am now getting lower back pain just below the incision and radiates down into the tailbone and S I joints. My question is, will this go away as I heal and more time passes or is this something new that I will have to get used to?
I have been limiting my activity recommended by my surgeon and also do the stretches. When standing for more that 10-15 minutes or when I do move my hips, the area is a little painful but only when moving.
Your post-operative symptoms are relatively typical. It takes 6-8 weeks to “heal”. I normally place the patient in physical therapy to help with strength, conditioning and education.
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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.