Working After Surgery

Although you may be eager to begin working again after surgery, how soon you’ll be able to return to your professional environment depends on the invasiveness of the surgical procedure, and how quickly you’re able to regain mobility. If you are planning to undergo an invasive spine operation like fusion or discectomy, you may need to be away from work for several weeks, whereas a minimally invasive procedure often allows people to return to their normal activities in a matter of days.

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, combined with improper posture. However, there are numerous ways to make your work environment more conducive to post-operative recovery.

  • Take frequent breaks – Get up from your desk every hour and walk a few times around the office. Do a series of light stretching exercise to get your blood circulating again.
  • Choose ergonomic office furniture – Use a desk chair that offers lumbar (lower back) 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 give you at-home exercises. Try doing a few of these exercises on your lunch break so that your muscles stay warm and agile throughout the day.

Choosing a Procedure That Expedites Your Recovery Process

If you’re one of the millions of people suffering from degenerative spine conditions like a ruptured disc, a disc protrusion, or bone spurs, you want to find lasting pain relief without significant disruption to your personal and professional life. Minimally invasive procedures at Laser Spine Institute are more effective alternatives to invasive open spine operations. Contact Laser Spine Institute today for more information.