Collapsed disc surgery postoperative exercises

A collapsed disc is a disc in the spine that is degenerative in nature, resulting in a loss of disc height over time. When this disc collapses, it no longer acts as a stabilizer of the spine. Therefore, a variety of issues can present such as lower back pain associated with bending, lifting or twisting or in severe cases it can create numbness, weakness or even sciatica.

If this is the case for you and you have exhausted all conservative options to ease your symptoms, including pain medication, range of motion exercises, chiropractic manipulation, physical therapy and anti-inflammatories, then it may be time to consider surgical intervention, such as the minimally invasive procedures offered at Laser Spine Institute.

At Laser Spine Institute, we offer a streamlined patient experience, setting us apart as the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery. Our state-of-the-art facilities offer patients the opportunity to find lasting relief from their chronic neck or back pain while reducing hospital-associated costs and shortening recovery time compared to traditional open neck or back surgery.^

Reach out to a member of our dedicated team today so we can review your MRI at no cost* and determine if you are a potential candidate for our minimally invasive collapsed disc surgery. We are here to help guide you on your journey to wellness, both before and after surgery.

Tips for a smooth recovery

If you have already taken the step toward recapturing your life by undergoing a collapsed disc surgery at Laser Spine Institute, it’s essential to stick to a regimen of rehabilitative exercises to ease your recovery. 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 you on 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 doctor 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 for recovering from back surgery.
  • Shoulder presses. Lie on your back on your bed or 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 10 times 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 after collapsed disc surgery

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. Feel free to contact Laser Spine Institute with any questions or concerns you have about exercising after your collapsed disc surgery.