Life After Spine Surgery

The "New" Normal

When fully recovered, most patients can expect to return to work — unless your type of work is not advisable for people with spinal injury. Anyway, you should discuss your situation with your doctor. In most cases physical activity is vital for better and faster recovery. But you should avoid any intensive activities, and pay attention to your feelings, especially pain.

  • During first few weeks after operation you may need help with daily activities (e.g., dressing, bathing). Fatigue is common.
  • Gradually return to your normal activities. Walking is encouraged; start with a short distance and gradually increase to 1 to 2 miles daily. A physical therapy program may be recommended.
  • Low impact exercise, Isometric exercise and Stretching exercise are often helpful. A physical therapy maintenance program may be recommended.

A Good Rule of Thumb is that Acceptable Physical Activities Should:

  • Not cause pain, including pain felt later
  • Not jar the spine
  • Not place the joint in the extremes of its range of motion
  • Be pleasurable

The success of your treatment will strongly depend on how well you follow your spine surgeon’s instructions. As time passes, you will potentially experience a dramatic reduction in pain symptoms and a significant improvement in your ability to participate in daily activities.


If you are suffering from low-back pain, neck pain, herniated disc, sciatica, pinched nerve and have been researching minimally invasive spine surgery as well as laser spine surgery, schedule an appointment to speak to Dr. T and Microspine Team today.

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