Minimally invasive spine surgery postsurgical exercises

After undergoing minimally invasive spine surgery, it would be easy to assume that bed rest is your top priority. While it is very important to not strain or overexert yourself while recovering, you should actually be trying to resume normal activities as soon as possible. Too much rest could cause a loss of flexibility, as well as muscle atrophy, reduced strength and weight gain. All of these factors can put increased stress on the spine during the healing process. It is important to try the exercises described below to maintain a strong, flexible and healthy spine.

Recommendations from Laser Spine Institute

At Laser Spine Institute, we have designed a program of postoperative stretches and exercises made specifically for our patients who have undergone a minimally invasive spine stabilization procedure. These exercises are broken down into two general categories — level 1 exercises are meant to be performed in the second to third weeks following spinal surgery and level 2 exercises are designed for patients in their fourth to sixth week of recovery.

  • Level 1. These spine exercises are extremely gentle and are aimed at gradually increasing core strength as a means of adding support to the spine. Deep breathing, shoulder press, gluteal sets and abdominal bracing are examples of basic exercises designed for lumbar stabilization recovery. Shoulder circles, shoulder shrugs, neck mobility rotations and neck mobility flexion and extension are aimed at helping you if you have undergone a cervical stabilization.
  • Level 2. These exercises for the lower back gradually build strength in the arms, legs and spine through bridging, nerve glides and versions of the hook-lying exercise, including the arms, legs and a combination. Level 2 exercises for the neck include strengthening and toning exercises as well as range-of-motion exercises.

Other postoperative considerations

It is very important to closely follow your postoperative care instructions from Laser Spine Institute. Our team is always here to answer any questions you may have about the recovery process after surgery. You should also stay in close communication with your doctor so that he or she can monitor your progress.

Laser Spine Institute is the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery and we are committed to quality patient-centered care, from the first consultation through recovery. To learn more about the recovery process following a minimally invasive spine stabilization procedure, or to see if any of our procedures can help you find relief from your neck or back pain, contact our dedicated team today.

Through a free MRI review* we can determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures and guide you on your journey to wellness.