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Q. When can I play golf, ride a bike, or go hiking after spine surgery?
A. How quickly you can go back to doing the activities you enjoy after spine surgery depends on the type and location of your surgery. For example, a micro-discectomy requires much less healing and recovery time than a fusion surgery. It also depends on the stress of the activity. You will need to begin any activities gradually, and in a gentle, controlled manner. You do not want to cause yourself pain - or worse, re-injure your spine.
Be sure to follow all recommendations from your doctor and physical therapist. Be patient, and follow your rehabilitation program closely. It has been developed to give you the best chance of returning to full function. No activity is worth causing more injury to your spine.