Exercise for arthritis and fused spine?

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OneAndOnlyRa...

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Posted: 15 Jul 2014, 16:44
Hello, everyone! I was wondering if anyone had tips for exercise that can be done by someone with a fused spine and arthritic hips/knees? I'm leery of trying new things after I managed to cause myself so much pain with a cat stretch I lost consciousness, and was hoping someone here had some advice.
wholefoodnut

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Posted: 15 Jul 2014, 18:19
what part of your spine is fused?
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OneAndOnlyRa...

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Posted: 15 Jul 2014, 18:32
T3-L4 - basically, collarbones to hips.
wholefoodnut

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Posted: 15 Jul 2014, 19:34
WOW!! No wonder you have to be careful. I just 4 fused in my neck. I went through a ton of physical therapy after my surgery to re-gain the use of one of my arms. Have you checked with a therapist? They really helped me.

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OneAndOnlyRa...

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Posted: 15 Jul 2014, 19:44
I have done physical therapy five times over the past twelve years or so. It has never helped me with anything.
wholefoodnut

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Posted: 15 Jul 2014, 20:10
Aww too bad, my therapists were great, guess I was lucky. No real ideas for you, except they started me off easy, increasing as I could almost daily. Just some thoughts: Can you do any strength training for your arms and legs? it helps with arthritis. Maybe a recumbent bike, if it works with your hips. Walking, exercise ball good for core.
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OneAndOnlyRa...

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Posted: 15 Jul 2014, 23:11
Thanks. I already use an exercise ball instead of a chair when I'm at my desk. There's some other medical things going on with my shoulders and neck (still trying to figure out exactly what, but it's Not Good and has something to do with my bursa [which is also something going wrong with my hips, funny enough]), so strength training for arms is out until that gets fixed. But you know what they say - if you wait until everything is perfect to start something new, you're never going to start.

Thanks for your suggestions.
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Posted: 16 Jul 2014, 05:08
Just trying to come up with something. Do you have rheumatoid arthritis or just degenerative and osteoarthritis like I do? Rheumatoid often involves the bursa. Maybe water exercise as it's gentle on your joints.
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Posted: 16 Jul 2014, 14:24
Osteo in the hips, rheumatoid in the knees. The only bodies of water around here are rivers and lakes, which I've been forbidden from going in. Once I get to school in the fall, it shouldn't be so bad, since there's a pool there that's free for students. I'll look into it - thanks!
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Posted: 17 Jul 2014, 17:09
Pool is good as the bottoms are predictable and visible. When I get a chance, I'm checking into a different gym with a pool. Would doubling gym membership but it's just $20.00 per month instead of $10.00. At least that's what I have heard. Doc has me on a pill daily to help with my osteo getting worse, my mom had a lot of problems due to it, however she was also a heavy smoker.
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OneAndOnlyRa...

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Posted: 17 Jul 2014, 20:34
I've got muscle relaxants (which make me hungry as a horse for the day after I take them, so I limit use) for shoulders/neck, but the NSAID my doc put me on is going through red tape with insurance, so who knows when I'll be able to start taking them.

Thank you so much for all your replies. I really do appreciate you taking time out of your day.
starchild727...

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Posted: 17 Jul 2014, 21:34
Try water aerobics; the weightless environment is very helpful for people in your situation. My husband does water every day and he has bad knees and degenerative disc disease. The water is warm and often helps mitigate the pain you experience. This helped me recover from a 5 week stay in the hospital in 2007-2008 (over the holidays). Go to the Y and meet with a physical trainer. You may qualify for a subsidized membership if you are low income. My husband and I pay $20/month for all the normal classes, equipment and facilities.
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Posted: 18 Jul 2014, 05:10
Hoping you find something that works for you. Exercise and losing weight has nearly stopped all the pain in my body and has eliminated the need for a knee replacement anytime in the near future. I was living on pain meds ( hate taking them) now it's an occasional Aleve for a headache, when I twisted my good knee, or that occasional weather day that play havoc with the body. I'm on this bandwagon because of it. FS has helped me get there.
"The way we eat in America makes us sick, and if we change our diet--simply incrementally-- we will be healthier." Mark Bittman Food Matters

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Posted: 18 Jul 2014, 06:36
Callanetics is a very low impact exercise program. I'm not too sure about the newer versions but I've heard/seen very good toning results from the older video.
http://www.callanetics.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Callanetics
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rt686lGHJu0
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