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Coming back after surgery


What is the appropriate timeframe to start an exercise program after you have surgery? This isn't a straightforward answer. The answer depends on:

  1. What surgery you had.

  2. How good of shape you were in going into surgery.

  3. What your doctor tells you.

  4. What your physical therapist tells you.

  5. What your body tells you.

  6. What your "inner voice" tells you.

  7. How you are progressing.

  8. What type of exercise you want to begin.

  9. How well you know your body.

  10. Do you know how to ease back into exercise? Can you modify any move?

Having had two surgeries in the past two months, these are the questions I needed to ask myself as I began to ease back into exercise. The most important thing you need to do is talk to your doctor/PT about resuming your regular routine. Make sure that whoever you are talking to really knows you. I've had surgeons who've had no idea what I do and have given me the green light only to have my PT shut me down hard! It's nice having a healthcare professional really know you and how you move. I've been going to the same PT for 8 years now. I'm there A LOT. He has worked on