Preparing for recovery from spine surgery
After you undergo a surgical open-spine procedure, the recovery process can be slow and frustrating. However, you can speed your recuperation by developing a support system and sticking to a rehabilitation schedule. It would also be beneficial to quit smoking, limit your alcohol consumption, and boost your immune system with exercise and daily vitamins as early as possible.
Developing a Support System to Help You Recover
While many people focus on the physical aspects of recovery, they sometimes forget that forming a personal network of support is imperative to full rehabilitation.
- Family — Inform your family members about your procedure and the expected recovery process. Ask long-distance relatives to offer emotional support, while nearby relatives may be able to help you with the logistical aspects of recovery, like grocery shopping, driving, showering, etc.
- *Friends*— Not only can friends give you encouragement during the healing process, but they can also offer a physical benefit as well. Laughter, socializing, and animated discussion can help to reduce stress, boost immune function, and release endorphins, which are your body’s natural painkillers.
- Medical professionals — Obviously, it’s important to stay in close contact with your surgeon, your primary care physician, and your physical therapist, but you may also want to consider talking to other health professionals, like yoga instructors or nutritionists, for added support.
Additional Tips for a Healthy Recovery
Contrary to popular belief, it is important to become active again as soon as possible after your surgery. Immobility will only contribute to decreased circulation, a reduced immune system, and increased risk of infection. Consult your doctor before beginning any regimen of diet or exercise and choose low-impact activities like walking, swimming, or isometric exercises.
To find out more about minimally invasive procedures that can reduce your recovery time, contact Laser Spine Institute today. At Laser Spine Institute, we specialize in safe, effective techniques that treat degenerative spine conditions like a prolapsed disc, sciatica, arthritis of the spine, and more. Let us help you rediscover your life without back or neck pain.