View Full Version : best exercises after surgery in long term

28-02-2010, 03:40 PM
Hi -- I had a harrington rod inserted 24 years ago and my entire thoracic spine fused. I've managed it ok most of the time but it has become a problem lately but only at night. My curve is to the right and all my pain is on my left, mainly around the hip. It is a nervy type of pain and it wakes me every night.

Can you please tell me: what are the best exercises to do for people with rods?
Can I expect pain for the rest of my life regardless of what I do?
Who is the best type of specialist to see -- Orthopaedic surgeons do not seem to have the answer for me. Are there physios/osteopaths who deal specifically with people with rods -- I live in Sydney and would be interested in any recommendations. (I know you can't post them but I would appreciate an email if you have a name)

thanks in advance.


Dr Scoliosis
01-03-2010, 06:22 PM

Thank you for your enquiry. It is not possible to answer the questions you have posed on the information you have provided. However, it is clear that you need to see a spinal surgeon who specialises in the treatment of scoliosis and there is a directory of specialists (http://www.scoliosis-australia.org/scoliosis/scoliosis_specialists.html) in New South Wales on our website. You will need to be referred by your family doctor.

It would not be in your interests to see a physiotherapist before you have consulted a spinal specialist.

I trust this information is helpful.

06-03-2010, 02:35 PM
scans show no problem, they do not have much advice about how to avoid muscle spasm or general pain.

I have found a muscular skeletal specialist who has recommended some specific physio classes, more swimming and walking.