Spinal Fusion
mheins96 posted:
Hi, so I'm almost eighteen years old and a little over two years ago, I had a spinal fusion done. The two titanium rods run from T1-L1. I still have a lot of pain which is obviously expected. But I want to start getting back in shape again. I'm not looking to diet, I'm already very thin; but more to exercise. I cannot bend at all, as you could imagine, so this sort of limits various exercise routines and yoga. I cannot lift over 10lbs (my restriction) and I cannot twist my spine in any way. I already run just about everyday, but I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on ways to strengthen my core, thighs, etc.
davedsel responded:
Hello and welcome.

I am sorry you are experience such spinal problems at your young age. My symptoms started in my late teens as well.

Have you thought of or tried strength training using hand weights that are within your weight limit? You can do several things while sitting in a chair like curls and butterflies. Just do an internet search on "strength training" and you will get several hits. Choose only the moves that work for you within your limitations.

I pray you find answers and fitness soon.
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