Rehabilitation is vital to helping you get the most benefit from your spinal surgery. Take a thoughtful, slow, and steady approach before getting back to a strengthening routine after spinal surgery. There is no set expectation regarding when to build back strength after surgery, and each surgery is different; speak with your surgeon regarding your timeline. Rebuilding strength and flexibility is an essential step to protecting your spine from future injury.
Ideally, a physical therapist will be involved in your recovery and strength training program. Physical therapy is the process of using exercises to improve strength and range of motion. It is the key to eliminating fatigue, getting patients back to activity safely, and avoiding re-injury. A physical therapist will develop a training program tailored for the individual patient while considering the patient's specific surgery, limitations, and physical conditions.
Physical therapy and exercise are critical for a successful spinal surgery. Exercises that strengthen the back, core, and legs should be incorporated for ultimate healing and longevity—avoiding flexing or overextending the back and lifting heavy weights or high-intensity training unless permitted by your doctor. As you heal from spinal surgery and begin to regain your strength, your quality of life will continue to improve.
To learn more about how you can build strength after your spinal surgery, don't hesitate to contact us at (405) 424-5415 or visit www.thespineclinicok.com.
Dr. Brett Braly is a board-certified fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in spinal surgery. Dr. Braly is a leading advocate for minimally invasive techniques in spine surgery. Dr. Braly is named in the top "20 under 40" best spine surgeons by the North American Spine Society.