Our expert says:
How long will symptoms last?
Generally, it takes 6 weeks for the fracture to begin healing. However, it has been reported that it could take up to 1 year for the fracture to have completely healed. Symptoms can persist during this period of healing.
Types of permanent symptoms?
Some people have reported discomfort, numbness sensations in the arms and legs, and occasional pain.
When is it safe to start exercising again?
Generally, you can start exercising 6 weeks after the operation. The initial exercises should be focused on strengthening your core stabilisers. Examples of core muscles are the Transverse abdominus and the Multifidus muscles. It is also recommended that you avoid all high impact activities during this time and avoid excessive twisting motions of the spine. By working closely with a rehabilitation team (Specialist physician, Physiotherapist and Biokineticist), you would be guided through a strategy that would ensure maximum functionality with minimum recovery time and pain.
Will exercise help relieve the pain?
Yes, I believe that exercise therapy would assist in the reduction of your pain. As mentioned above, this would best be achieved through the use of a rehabilitation team.
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