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Not to stir up a hornet's nest on the board, but we have had conversations in the past pertaining to treadmills in the immediate period post-surgery. Some surgeons allow it, but many do not. Since you are in pain, I would suggest you stop using the treadmill for awhile, and just continue to take several walks per day on a flat surface. Distance is not important at this point in your recovery. It is better to take several short walks as it is the action of walking that stretches out the spinal nerves and helps to get freshly oxygenated blood to the surgical site.

Also, another reason to walk outside and walk slowly is to try to concentrate on your form. I don't know to what extent you can prevent yourself from limping...but if you can try to make some corrections, while walking slowly, it would be beneficial.

With problems at the L5-S1 segment, it is fairly typical to have some groin pain and tight muscles across the buttocks that can pull over near the hip. It would be helpful for you to see a physical therapist to have this evaluated. Also someone who does medical therapeutic massage or body work can help release some of those tight muscles and trigger points that may be causing the groin pain, etc. Sometimes it is at this point, that patients discover a leg length discrepancy. Sometimes with sciatic pain, we hold our bodies differently and use different body mechanics to compensate for the sciatic pain...to try to make it hurt less. Over time, this can lead to muscle imbalances in the spine and pelvis. It can also lead to stress on the SI joints which can also have some groin pain symptoms, among other things.
[FONT="Century Gothic"][COLOR="Navy"]Segadeli,

For the grion pain, you may want to ask your physical thereapist about the illiopsoas muscle group. I had a very bad bout of groin pain after my last surgery. It was like if I bent a certain way, it was like getting kicked in the nads to put it delicately. No one could give me an explanation but after a bit of research, that was what I settled on. The PT agreed with me and after a few rounds of pool thereapy, it was mostly resolved.

The psoas major muscle starts at the top of the spine around L1-L2 and runs down along with the psoas minor. It is one of the major muscles that hooks your back to your hip. It is common for it to refer pain to your groin and it's not pleasant. The illioposas muscle group has often been cited as an often overlooked source of pain. Just rember there is hope out there. I would suggest you google the muscle group so that you can have an informed discussion with your PT.

Good Luck,
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