Tips to return to work faster after herniated nucleus pulposus surgery
A herniated nucleus pulposus is a ruptured disc that allows the disc’s gel-like contents to protrude through the torn part of the disc. This is usually a result of age-related degeneration that develops due to the everyday stress placed on the spine. While the disc itself can hurt when it develops a tear, if disc tissue begins to compress nearby nerves or the spinal cord, it can lead to symptoms such as pain, numbness, tingling and muscle weakness in other parts of the body. Surgery can help patients with herniated nucleus pulposus overcome the pain and discomfort associated with the condition.
Herniated nucleus pulposus surgery can target the source of painful nerve compression directly to help alleviate symptoms and get you on the road to recovery. If you are concerned with getting back to work after your surgery, there are certain steps you can take to promote a faster full recovery, including:
- Getting up and walking at least every 20 minutes
- Taking only the medications prescribed to you, versus other anti-inflammatory medications, which can hinder the healing process
- Avoiding heavy lifting and other strenuous activities, such as running, riding horses, boating, etc.
- Engaging in a physical therapy program as recommended by your doctor
At Laser Spine Institute, we can offer suggestions for your herniated nucleus pulposus surgery recovery. The surgeries we perform are minimally invasive and require a smaller incision and shorter recovery time than traditional open back surgery.^ Contact us today for additional information and to receive your free MRI review.* We can let you know whether you are a good candidate for the minimally invasive surgeries we offer.