Working after surgery
Although you may be eager to begin working again after surgery, how soon you’ll be able to return to your job depends on a number of factors. These include the invasiveness of the surgical procedure and how quickly you’re able to regain mobility. Since every situation is different, patients should work closely with their surgical team to develop an effective postsurgical plan that allows for the quickest possible return to work. Once you do return to work, the following tips can help you as you get back to full activity.
Making your workplace conducive to recovery
For many people, the workplace can be a source of back or neck discomfort due to long periods of sitting or standing. This can also be worsened if poor posture habits are being practiced. However, there are numerous ways to make your work environment more conducive to postoperative recovery.
- Take frequent breaks. If you have a desk job, get up from your desk every hour and walk a few times around the office. Do a series of light stretching exercises to get your blood circulating again. If your job is physical, take rests as often as possible that involve sitting, walking and gentle stretching as needed.
- Choose ergonomic office furniture. Use a desk chair that offers lumbar (lower) spine support. Mesh chairs with wide backs and curved seats are often the most effective models for helping you to achieve a neutral spine position while working.
- Maintain a physical therapy schedule. Although it may be difficult to keep up with physical therapy appointments once you return to work, remember that you can ask your therapist to recommend at-home exercises. Try doing a few of these exercises on your lunch break so that your muscles stay warm and loose throughout the day.
Benefits of minimally invasive spine surgery
If you’re one of the millions of people suffering from degenerative spine conditions like a ruptured disc, disc protrusion or bone spurs, you want to find long-term pain relief without significant disruption to your personal and professional life. At Laser Spine Institute our goal is to help you find lasting relief and a return to the quality of life you deserve. Our minimally invasive spine surgery uses muscle-sparing techniques that offer patients a shorter recovery time and less risk of complication compared to traditional open spine surgery.^ Contact Laser Spine Institute today for more information.
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