Since our backs are the foundations of our bodies, health and care for them are vital to living a healthy and pain-free life. However, even with exercise and proper care, age-related conditions may win against all the preventative strengthening and stretching. Surgical intervention may be required if pain related to back injuries or aging becomes severe enough.
Spinal surgery has a very high success rate in alleviating pain from injuries or aging. However, it is still an invasive procedure. And not only are there restrictions and protocols to recover from the actual surgery, but there are also specific exercises, activities, and treatments that will help promote healing and give you the best chance of success.
Although most spinal surgeries are completed within a day, you might be required to remain in the hospital for a few days to allow additional recovery time under medical supervision. This is usually determined by the type of surgery you had and how your body responds in the first 24 hours.
Depending on the type of surgery, you might be able to begin physical therapy (PT) a day after discharge. Your doctor and physical therapist will develop the specific PT plan. PT sessions might be required from a few days to several weeks. Dedication to following the programs and exercises taught will help promote getting your strength back.
Most patients who stick to their PT plans can stop using walkers, canes, or supplementary support devices. One of the most important ways to promote healing and achieve success is to allow yourself to become stagnant or stationary. Resting, especially after PT sessions, is good and encouraged. However, long durations of sitting can cause a tightening of your back.
Surgery of any kind, especially spinal surgery, can seem a daunting undertaking with restrictions and recovery times. However, the expert doctors and staff at Princeton Neurological Surgery in Trenton, NJ, will help create a recovery plan that gives you the best chance of success after spinal surgery while minimizing the impact on your life.