Greg’s Recovery On Target
I led an active outdoorsman’s life at the age of 60 – snow skiing, hunting, fishing, hiking and more. Shortly after retiring as a soccer referee, I couldn’t run any longer, and I started experiencing “zinging” down my back and legs. After attending my daughter’s college graduation, the next day both of my legs went numb.
Treatment and Recovery:
Dr. Jim Youssef at Spine Colorado determined that I had two separate problems. The first was a thoracic myelopathy that was causing the disturbance in my walking, and was treated with thoracic decompression. A spondylolisthesis at L5/S1 caused low back pain and radiculopathy, and was treated with a spinal fusion. I spent only two days in the hospital, and was walking on the same day of surgery. My doctors told me that I must be able to walk a mile before leaving the hospital – but I walked over 10 miles!
I admit to being “over-athletic and stupid in my younger years”, but I am now back to an active lifestyle that includes archery hunting, and fishing. I recently ran two miles, but expect to run more. I am able to do anything I want to do without any restrictions.
My advice to patients?
Listen to your doctor.
Exercise physical therapy makes all the difference in your recovery.
Do core strengthening.
Go into your surgery in shape.
Have a positive attitude!