Will I Need Crutches or a Walker?

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Hello, I’m Dr. Derek Snook

Often, after spinal fusion, we will have patients use crutches, which is based on their own safety. If the patient is safe with ambulation without the crutches or walker, then we may allow the patient to do that. But that is a determination that’s made in concert with physical therapy, the surgeon, as well as the patient.

And again, the paramount situation or issue is the patient’s safety. But oftentimes, the pain is significant enough within those first two weeks that a patient who has had a spinal fusion, for example, may need a walker and or crutches to help them get around.

If you want to know more about getting around after surgery, contact us at JIS Orthopedics. Our specialists in New Albany and St. Clairsville, Ohio, can give you the answers you are looking for. Schedule a visit with us today!

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