Walking After My Spinal Fusion!

by Bob Jarr
(Plymouth, WI, USA)

Bob & Naida 'Doing It!

Bob & Naida 'Doing It!

A little over two years ago I had a a two-level spinal fusion (L4, L5, and S1) and I was told by the surgeon and physical therapist walking would be the best way to recover.


Unfortunately, I had torn up my left knee pretty badly when I was a senior in high school and have undergone 5 operations to repair the damage. So I didn't think a walking program would work, but I decided to try it anyway.

I started walking short distances with a walker, accompanied by our dog (Naida), 3 times a day. We live on a lake and it's a little over 3 miles all the way around. A week after my discharge from the hospital, with my walker and Naida, I made it all the way around. I've been a walker ever since.

A number of things have happened along the way.

My knee, which has no cartilage left in it and was destined for a replacement, has become stronger and no longer has any pain associated with it. My blood pressure (although still medicated) dropped to 116/68, I lost 25 lbs., and my wife is upset because Naida doesn't pay attention to her when I'm home!

We live in Wisconsin and my goal is to at least walk around the lake every day - no matter what the weather. I'm 64 years old and I typically walk about 4 mph, depending on who I meet and what Naida spots and keeps her interested.

I came across this site when I was online looking for walking shoes. Great job!

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Thank You Cern
by: Geoff

Your comments are most encouraging and appreciated.

Please do spread the word among people you know. We love to help people!

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Nice
by: Cern

Nice set of information for people who have undergone such spinal fusion surgeries. This would indeed be something that the people would certainly follow without fear as it is coming from real life experiences.

I would make sure it is followed by people I know too.

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Thank you so much!
by: Anonymous

6 months ago, I had the same surgery and have sciatic damage, leaving me in some pain and drop foot. I have the same bad left knee as you do. You have given me renewed focus and hope that I may make it yet! Your article is reminding me to not give up! Thanks!

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Very Inspirational!
by: Bob (Calif)

Your story is very inspirational and another great testimonial on what can be done with determination and the will to succeed. Best regards from another Bob!

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spine surgery
by: Anonymous

Your comment about having surgery and feeling better and walking is so encouraging. I have the potential for the surgery in my future and its good to hear of success!

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Wow!
by: Yoko & Geoff

Bob - thank you so much for sharing this wonderful story with us. It is very wonderful to see the progress you have made on so many fronts. Perhpas with time you will also be able to shake the meds too.

Keep up the great work. Thanks so much for sharing!

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