Postoperative period: Sport activities

Your first sport activity allowed after the operation is walking. Rather than decreasing speed you should find a possibility to walk evenly making medium-length steps.

Please, remember to wear jogging shoes. Every day increase the loading while walking and consider that walking is a therapy! Right after the operation you can start walking up and down the stairs. If you do not feel confident enough we will be happy to provide you with necessary insurance in our clinic. If you wish you can start jogging (from week four). At the same time you must remember that initially pains might still be felt (backache/back pain).

Swimming also make an important contribution to stronger musculature. But you should take it up at least three weeks after the operation. This refers both to breast-stroke and to backstroke. At first you should refrain from swim the crawl because it causes considerable bending of the body and loading of the back.

You should not take up bicycling before the third week after the operation either. Rotational movement of the upper part of the body caused by turning the pedals may create the same loading as swimming the crawl. As unchallengeable research suggests every step causes the so-called shearing force which finds no obstacles and damages vertebral joints and intervertebral disks as soon as the handle bar no longer performs its support function and sacrospinal muscles fail to stabilize the vertebral column without contraction. It is these consequences exceptionally harmful for health that emerge when one rides a bicycle with a vertically positioned upper part of the body. Please, do the riding with the handle bar adjusted as low as possible. We recommend using a home trainer initially.

Just like any other sport activity this is subject to the following rules. Rather than overstraining yourself from the onset increase the loading gradually. After you have had enough preparation (long-lasting power training of separate muscles of the back, therapeutic exercises and fast movement / walks) you can resume your previous activities. It is clear from the examples of Henri Leconte, Pete Sampras, and Vladimir Klitschko, that successfully operated intervertebral disk prolapse does not stand in the way of top sport achievements!