I was a professional dancer until my early thirties, and then a martial arts practitioner, primarily of Aikido. I became a Rolfer/Structural Integration Practitioner in 1985 and am still doing that highly physical form of work.
I had a lumbar fusion by Dr. Darryl Antonacci, but my current back doctor is Dr. Afshin Razi.
I also had the following:
- An ACL replacement in 1988 (I don’t remember the surgeon’s name)
- Two rotator cuff repairs and both hips replacements by Michael Alexiades
- A cervical fusion after a car accident
With the exception of the knee surgery, which was the result of a gymnastic accident. All the other surgeries were from arthritic deterioration.
My treatment and recovery
Each situation was different, but by following my doctor’s orders and doing careful physical therapy, including acupuncture and other modalities, I was always able to go back to my desired activities except for high impact ones. After my hip replacements and spinal fusion it took me about a year before I was able to start dancing.