In this article, we are going to go in depth and discuss a few physical therapy routines that can help speed up recovery after a spinal fusion surgery.
First of all, let’s briefly explain what a spine fusion is and when it’s used. Spinal fusion is a minimally invasive procedure in which two or more spinal vertebra are fused together using spinal hardware or a bone graft. This is generally done to correct back pain from herniated or degenerative discs. Fusion surgery typically leads to a reduction in pain and increased stability in the spine. As with any surgery, there will be a recovery period after the procedure. Here are a few exercises you can do to speed recovery.
We’ll start with an easy one – walking. Taking short walks will increase blood flow to the area of the fusion, and help your body do its job in healing the surgical incisions. Be careful not to overdo it – you don’t need to walk for miles at a time. A few quick walks throughout the day will do the trick.
Low Back and Leg Stretches
Stretching out the muscles in the low back and legs are essential for increasing mobility after a procedure. There are numerous stretches you can do including the following (click on each to get a visual):
- Pelvic Tilt
- Hamstring stretch
- Hip extensions
Advanced Exercises and Stretching
After the first couple weeks of recovery, you can begin adding in more rigorous exercises to your routine. These can include exercise ball stretches, swimming, elliptical, and stationary bike training – just to name a few.
If you have recently undergone spine surgery as a result of a car accident injury, it is important to stick to your post-op routine recommended by your doctor. A post-op care routine is meant to help you recover as quickly as possible, so it’s in your best interest to stick to it. Always seek medical help if you’ve been involved in any sort of car accident.