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spineadvisor: Neck & Back Pain eNewsletter from January 9, 2008
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Can I exercise after surgery?
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My doctor told me I should have spinal fusion surgery, but I'm worried about the recovery. I'm a very active 65-year-old woman: I enjoy exercising, especially yoga, strength training, aerobics, and walking. How will I be able to keep up my exercise routine while recovering from surgery? And will I ever be able to exercise as much as I do now? I'm worried that I might do something to mess up the fusion while I'm exercising, and I don't want that to happen!
— Newtown, PA
Ask the Experts Answer

I can understand your concern! Let me reassure you right away: exercise is always good for you (when done properly). Especially considering your activities—yoga, strength training, aerobics, and walking—you will be able to exercise again after your surgery. However, you will have to take it slow as your fusion heals ...
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Nicola V. Hawkinson, RN, ANP This Week's Expert
Nicola V. Hawkinson, RN, ANP
Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
NYU - Hospital for Joint Diseases
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