Welcome to the horse forum!
I do not have any plates or screws in my lower spine, however,
I have a 2 level fusion in my neck with a titanium plate and 6 screws.
My injuries all started in 2004 when I hurt my arm at work. Had 4 surgeries on my arm got better and a few weeks after that all ended I was in a car accident. Bam! i was injured again. I ended up having 2 spinal surgeries on my neck. The first was a foraminotomy and then less than a year later the 2 level fusion.
My neck injury happened in July of 2007. Then I was well enough to go to the gym and my knee swelled up like a balloon and I ended up having a knee surgery almost 1 year ago now.
So, I truly thought that I would never be able to ride again. I had already not ridden for almost 15 years or so, for different reasons than health.
But the passion of horses had never left me. As a youngster on through into my 20's that is what I did, I rode many horses Daily!
It was a tough road to get better from all these things. But I worked very hard in physical therapy and at home to get better. I followed all the surgeons and ocs orders.
Finally it all paid off. At my yearly check up from my fusion surgery I asked my surgeon if I could ride and he said he was fine with it.
So, I am now riding approx 5-8 hours a week.
I think that every person's body is different in how it will recover. All docs are different in their opinions of what a person should or shouldn't do following a spine surgery.
How long has it been since your surgery? Before I got on and started to ride on a regular basis I had the yearly follow up and was told I was about 80-90% fused and it would be fine to ride.
Is it a rsik. Certainly it is. But horses are in my blood.
I hope myy story will help you. As a person that is entering the medical field and also a person who has been through a lot as a patient, I always like to say to follow your doctor's direction and work hard at regaining as much function as possible.
If you ever need support just send out a PM and I will return the message.
Best of luck to you and again, welcome to the forum!
Last edited by HalfPass; 02-23-2010 at 10:52 AM.