Exercises that Might be Recommended During Recovery After Surgery for Spinal Bone Spurs

Following minimally invasive spine surgery to address spinal bone spurs at Laser Spine Institute, our patients are given a postoperative reference guide that includes exercises to try while recovering. While you will typically be told to take it easy for the first few days following your procedure, beginning to exercise with carefully developed stretching techniques two weeks after your surgery will improve mobility the neck and back, limit the possibility for postoperative complications and help facilitate a full recovery.

Levels 1 and 2

As you’ll soon learn, the exercise program that we’ve developed at Laser Spine Institute includes two levels to help patients regain strength and flexibility. Generally speaking, the first level has exercises that should be started two to three weeks after surgery, while the second level is more advanced and will usually be recommended to individuals four to six weeks after surgery. The most important thing to remember about exercising after spinal bone spur surgery is that, if you experience any increase in pain or discomfort, you should stop immediately and speak with your physician. Listening to your body is essential and the last thing you want to do is overexert yourself.

Here are just a few examples of the types exercises that are often recommended during recovery:

  • Cervical
    • Level one – diaphragmatic breathing, abdominal bracing, shoulder circles and cervical mobility techniques
    • Level two – cervical range of motion exercises and cervical isometrics
  • Lumbar
    • Level one – diaphragmatic breathing, abdominal bracing, shoulder presses and gluteal sets
    • Level two – hook-lying, bridging, spine sciatica/tibial glides

Learn more

Laser Spine Institute also has physical therapist consultants available to assist our patients with questions they have about the recovery process. To learn more, contact us today. We’ll gladly explain the exercises we recommend and answer any questions that you might have about the postoperative recovery process after a minimally invasive surgery to address spinal bone spurs.