Re: EXERCISE after surgery
I'm glad to hear you're doing so well! Has your surgeon confirmed that you're solidly fused yet? If not, then DO wait until you hear this before working on your abs.
If you are solidly fused then you can certainly do ab exercises I'm fused to L4 and like to do sit-ups using a decline bench like this one:
You lie head downwards on it with your knees hooked over the pads at the end, and can do sit-ups by pulling with your abs without needing to bend your spine. There's no need to jerk; try to be slow and controlled.
Gym ball exercises are really good too. Try doing "The Plank" whilst lying on top of a gym ball And, if it's not too inconvenient, hydrotherapy exercises in a swimming pool are great to do (as well as normal swimming). Try holding onto the side of the pool and, keeping your body facing front, bring your knees up to a sitting position and then slowly turn them through 180 degrees from side to side.
Have fun! You're obviously looking after yourself, and building up a strong core will help protect your lumbar spine for the future
[SIZE="1"]37 years old, diagnosed with infantile idiopathic scoliosis at 6 months old with curves of 62(T) and 40(L) degrees. Casting and Milwaukee braces until surgery at 10 - ant release/pos fusion T1-T12, halo traction. Post op cast and then TLSO. Further surgery at 18 (ant release/pos fusion extended to L3 to include lumbar curve, costoplasty) and 25 (another costoplasty). Fusion extended to L4 at 33 (XLIF with 4 pedicle screws and two short rods). Pre-op curves: 76(T) and 70(L). Post-op curves: 45(T) and 35(L). Diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome aged 34; scoliosis almost certainly due to this rather than being idiopathic.[/SIZE]