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What does rehabilitation after spine surgery involve?

Luke Macyszyn, MD
Neurosurgery
Rehabilitation after injury is critical for recovery. Patients participate in daily physical therapy to ensure that their joints remain mobile and that signals are constantly being transmitted from their brain to the muscles. These signals encourage nerve regeneration and health.

Rehabilitation after spine surgery will involve a physical therapist and their staff to develop a therapy plan to regain endurance, flexibility, and strength to the surgical area.  The therapy plan, usually done at a physical therapy facilities, may be one month up to six months depending on the complexity of the surgery.  After physical therapy, a work hardening or work fitness program for about 4-6 weeks maybe appropriate for overall general strength and fitness, this may be done at a fitness center.

Physical recovery from spinal surgery is most challenging and a time consuming process, where improvement is measure in small increments to reach full recovery.

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