How light exercise can help recovery after spine surgery

One of the most important things to remember after your vertebrae, discs or joints have been treated with surgery is to allow plenty of time for the surrounding tissues such as skin, muscle and ligaments to heal.

However, staying active is vital for your overall health, as well as the health of your spine, and your physician or physical therapist will most likely prescribe an exercise program designed specifically to help your spine recover and strengthen after surgery. Remember, you should be in contact with your doctor or physical therapist throughout your exercise program to report any pain or discomfort during your activities.

Take it slow

You should always have the input and approval of your doctor or physical therapist before beginning any exercise routine after surgery. Even if you feel better, it’s important to remember that it takes time for body tissue to heal.

Discuss the healing process with your physician and strike a balance between that timeline and how well you feel when you begin to exercise. Don’t try to do too much, too soon — you don’t want to experience an unnecessary setback in your recovery by overworking your muscles.

Here are examples of a few low-impact exercises your physician or physical therapist might recommend to help with recovery:

  • Walking
  • Stretching
  • Stationary biking
  • Swimming
  • Aerobics
  • Strength training
  • Yoga

Advantages of minimally invasive techniques

Another factor in post-surgery exercise programs is whether your vertebrae were treated with traditional open back surgery or minimally invasive spine surgery. The muscle-sparing techniques of Laser Spine Institute’s minimally invasive spine surgery involve a small incision, often less than an inch in length. This allows our patients to return to their normal activities much sooner than they might have after traditional open spine surgery.^

Contact Laser Spine Institute to learn how our minimally invasive spine surgery can help you on your journey to pain relief. We can review your MRI or CT scan at no cost* to help you find out if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.

If you have already undergone one of our minimally invasive procedures and you have a question or concern about your recovery, please contact our 24-hour SPINE LINE for help.