Recovering from Spine Surgery: Rehabilitation and Beyond

Undergoing spine surgery is a positive step towards curing numerous conditions, including chronic pain and slipped discs. When you want to ensure that your surgery is a success, it's important to recognise that a lot of your recovery takes place way beyond the operating theatre. By exploring your recovery options, you can ensure you get the most out of your spine surgery in the long term.

Understanding the Role of Rehabilitation

It's normal to feel as though moving around is the last thing you want to do after spine surgery. Any surgical procedure can leave you feeling exhausted, and spinal surgery is no different in that respect. However, rehabilitation is the bridge between undergoing surgery and enjoying the life you deserve. Undergoing rehab means focusing on mobility, strengthening your muscles, enjoying a better range of movement, and staying free from pain. It also ensures you avoid post-surgical complications, such as blood clots. Your surgeon and their team will create an individualised rehab plan that matches your needs.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is the cornerstone of rehabilitation after undergoing surgery. Under the guidance of a physiotherapist, you'll explore specific movements that strengthen the muscle groups supporting your spine. Those exercises may change over time and your physio team will encourage you to try them at home. After a while, the intensity of your program will improve so that you can bring yourself closer to a full recovery. Physio is also an excellent way to manage pain.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy allows you to return to the activities you enjoyed before undergoing surgery or experiencing a limiting injury. Your occupational therapist will assess which activities you need help with — if any — and assist you with adapting your life accordingly. Such activities don't just take place within the home, they can include leisure time and socialising too. Using the adaptive strategies your occupational therapist suggests, you can gain independence and enjoy a successful recovery. 

Pain Management

Your neurosurgery team will form a pain management plan that makes recovering from surgery easier. Your plan may include a combination of non-invasive therapies, medications, and other techniques. You may find that your pain management plan is more comprehensive after first undergoing surgery. As your pain starts to ease and your recovery progresses, you'll benefit from a reduced plan and have fewer interactions with the medical team.

Overall, a rehabilitation plan is what ensures your surgery is successful. Engaging with it can help you stay comfortable and enjoy a healthier way of life. Talk to a medical professional if you have any questions about your spine surgery