Even if you realize that the ultimate goal of fusion surgery is to ease or eliminate your back pain and increase your quality of life, it’s understandable to want to get back to a productive, active life as quickly as possible. While each individual will recover from fusion surgery differently, there are certain steps you can take to promote a faster recovery period.
Get Out of Bed
Generally, the only time you will need bed rest is during the period immediately following your fusion surgery. If you have to wear a brace for 4-6 weeks, you can resume as many of your normal activities as safely possible, but there will be restrictions on heavy lifting, bending, twisting, or excessive motion.
Engage in Light Exercise
Following fusion surgery of the spine, your muscles are going to need a little encouragement to regain strength and flexibility. With the approval of your spine surgeon, you should be able to perform light stretching exercises to strengthen your core back and abdominal muscles. Even going for a daily walk can facilitate the healing process. You’ll be able to progressively increase your daily exercise as the bones of your spine at the fusion site continue to heal.
Work With a Physical Therapist
Approximately three months after your fusion surgery, you can further speed up your recovery by working with a physical therapist. A professional physical therapist will be able to recommend safe exercises and stretches that you can do during your session and at home between sessions. As the muscles and tendons supporting your spine become stronger, you’ll be able to able to resume more of your normal activities.
While there is nothing wrong with getting back to your normal activities, pushing yourself beyond what’s acceptable during each stage of recovery may lead to re-injury, which can prolong your recovery or possibly require a second procedure. Also be sure to report any unusual pain or discomfort to your doctor to ensure safe healing. For more information about spine fusion surgery in Los Angeles, call (310) 828-7757 and request an in-person consultation at The Spine Institute Center for Spinal Restoration today.