Exercises for recovering after collapsed disc surgery

As you recover after your collapsed disc surgery at Laser Spine Institute, it’s essential to stick to a regimen of rehabilitative exercises. It can be tempting to remain sedentary following your surgery, but getting up and moving around is one of the most beneficial ways to promote your body’s recovery. That isn’t to say that you should overexert yourself in order to regain your mobility or fitness as quickly as possible; rather, doing too much too quickly can set your recuperation back. Finding a happy medium between these two extremes can help ease you down the road to recovery.

Examples of common post-surgery exercises

Before you begin any kind of exercise regimen following your collapsed disc surgery, you need to talk with your physician or physical therapist. He or she is familiar with your circumstances and may be able to tailor some activity recommendations to your needs. With that in mind, here are a few examples of exercises that you might be advised to do within two or three weeks of your surgery:

  • Abdominal bracing — While lying on your back, bend your knees and contract your abdominal muscles, creating tension within them. This exercise is simple and doesn’t require much strain, but it can strengthen your abdominals and obliques, which is important to recovering from back surgery.
  • Shoulder presses — Lie on your back on your bed or your floor, with your knees bent and arms to your sides with the palms facing up. Press your shoulders into the surface that you’re lying on without bending your lower back. Repeat five to 10times every day.
  • Gluteal sets — While on your back, keep your knees bent and feet about hip-width apart. Tighten up the muscles in your buttocks without involving the muscles within your back or legs. Squeeze your muscles for three seconds and release. Repeat 10 times, once or twice daily.

Take it slow

Together, these three exercises can help build some strength in your core, which you will need as you progress to more intense motions. Just remember to take it slowly while recovering and to always listen to your body. If a motion hurts or feels uncomfortable, avoid it for the moment and try it again at a later time. Also feel free to contact Laser Spine Institute with any questions or concerns you have about exercising after your procedure.