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Old 26th April 2014, 10:43 PM
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Question Exercise with scoliosis :)

Hi everyone! I am getting very near 2 years post op (8th May) and ever since I began exercising post op I've gotten really into my fitness. Most of my spine is fused apart from at the very bottom so I can bend from the hips. I tried doing sits ups recently and they gave me no back pain until one day my lower back got quite achey. Should I avoid doing sits up in future and other bending related exercise? Any advice will be appreciated
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Old 28th April 2014, 05:39 PM
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Default Re: Exercise with scoliosis :)

glad to hear you're doing so well! we have lots of post-surgery members who are very into fitness, though many don't post any more. if you look up some of GloomCookie's posts perhaps, there may be some advice, as she's a bit of a fitness fanatic. i'd suggest finding a personal trainer who you can explain your physiological differences to and ask them to help you come up with some exercises which allow you to achieve what you want but will also minimise future damage to your spine - scoliosis or not, everyone should be careful bending and lifting, so it's important to maintain the discs below your fusion. keep in mind that there's more than one way to skin a cat, so you may ask for abdominal exercises but come up with a plan that doesn't involve sit ups

you don't need to shell out for endless sessions - a good PT will be able to listen to your comments and know their stuff regarding anatomy. if anything's uncomfortable, find another way. and if you feel like exercises are no longer benefiting you and you need more difficult stuff, go back to the PT and ask for more!

best of luck
Diagnosed in March 2001 by family GP after my mum noticed an asymmetry in my spine. Referred to a consultant at the RNOH, Stanmore and started attending consultations for x-rays twice a year. Prescribed a TLSO brace to be worn 16 hours per day. Began with double major curves at approx 48 degrees. Offered surgery in 2003 aged 16 and declined to continue with school. Requested surgery in 2005 instead. Had T11-L3 fused on 16th July 2005 and haven't looked back! Released for all activities in March 2006, having been driving and riding horses with consultant's permission since 7 weeks post op.
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Old 28th April 2014, 06:10 PM
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Default Re: Exercise with scoliosis :)

Thank you Becky.
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Old 4th May 2014, 12:38 AM
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Hi sorry for the slow reply but thanks for the advice, I think I will check out that page you suggested
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