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  • Waller
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    Hi Dr. Coreman,

    Thank You for your very informative website!

    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.


    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    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.

    Dr. Corenman

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