Is exercise an option after having surgery for spondylosis?
If you’ve recently had spondylosis surgery or are planning to have surgery in the future, you may be wondering what to expect following your procedure. A common question among patients is whether or not they’ll be able to exercise after they’ve recovered from the surgery.
Some background on spondylosis
Spondylosis is a general term used to describe various spinal conditions that develop as part of the natural aging process, as the spine deteriorates from years of wear and tear. For example, it can be used to describe the development of:
- Spinal arthritis
- Degenerative disc disease
- Spinal stenosis
- Bone spurs
Additionally, it can affect any part of the spine, including the upper (cervical) spine and the lower (lumbar) spine. Therefore, the type of spondylosis surgery you receive and your individual experience may be very different from that of another individual with spondylosis.
After recovering from spondylosis surgery
Regardless of the type of spondylosis surgery you receive, the goal of the procedure is to address the underlying cause of your symptoms, whether it’s a damaged joint, misshapen disc or another cause. An important part of the recovery process is to get exercise and stay mobile, as this helps prevent scar tissue from building up and aids in the healing process. Following your recovery, you should be able to return to your regular activities, including exercise. However, if possible, you’ll want to avoid activities that put excessive strain on your spine, such as contact sports, weightlifting and gymnastics. As long as you don’t experience back pain and feel comfortable while doing the exercise of your choice, you can return to your normal routines.
Minimally invasive surgery at Laser Spine Institute
At Laser Spine Institute, we specialize in minimally invasive spine surgery to treat spondylosis and other spinal conditions. We welcome you to find out if you’re a candidate for one of our treatment options, as our minimally invasive procedures are a safer and effective alternative to traditional open surgery.^
If you’d like to learn more about receiving spondylosis surgery at Laser Spine Institute, contact us today.