Rehab After Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

by Administrator 13. October 2014 11:43

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery is usually performed to stabilize the vertebral bones, spinal joints and alleviate the pressure being applied to the spinal nerves. Most of the pressure on the spinal curve is due to conditions such as degenerative disc, herniated disc, Lumbar Spine Stenosis, spinal instability and spinal deformities.

The Minimally Invasive Surgical approach is a faster and safer way to spine care. It comes with a set of potential benefits and the most prominent being the less recovery time required as compared to open spine surgery.

Here are a few points regarding the rehabilitation of the patient after the Minimal Invasive Spine Surgery:

Recovery Time:

The recovery time may differ from one patient to another depending upon the severity of the condition and the type of surgery performed. On an average a patient may return to activity in a period of 6 weeks however the time may vary in some patients due to many factors like age, weight, eating habits and flexibility. Mild exercise and physical therapy is usually encouraged for enhancing the recovery process but it should be done safely and only if recommended by the back surgeon.

Going Back to Work:

The decision of getting back to work for patients having undergone Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery usually depends upon the severity of surgery. It usually differs in individuals due to the nature of their job or occupation. Therefore the decision to return to work should be based upon the patient’s health and the nature of work. Patients with office jobs usually return to their job 1-2 weeks post surgery and after taking an advice from the physician. However for a patient with a more serious surgery or physically intensive job, returning to work might take longer.

How long will the pain last?

There is no golden rule to answer the question as the pain also differs from person to person. The rate of recovery for each patient differs depending on the age of the patient and the other health factors including the ability to fight against diseases, general health and healing capacity. However continual advise and treatment from the back surgeon can help in fastening the process of rehabilitation.

Following the spine surgeon’s advice accurately could result in rapid recovery after the surgery. The patient must include proper diet to fasten the recovery process. Physical Therapy or exercise can be prescribed to improve the functioning of the muscle. This can gradually result in maximizing recovery and minimizing further pain.

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Spine Rehabilitation In Frisco, TX

by Administrator 11. September 2014 08:03

Rehabilitation exercises play a significant role in recuperating from an incident of back pain or recovery from a spine surgery. Rehabilitation exercises are extremely important to avoid any future relapses of the pain and to restore the normal functioning of the body. A comprehensive spinal rehab program must involve a blend of stretching, strengthening as well as aerobic exercises for the back and the body.

There are three kinds of muscles that provide support to the spine. These are:

  • Flexors: used to bend the spine, also control the lumbar spine arch
  • Extensors: used to straighten, extend and lift the back
  • Obliques/ Rotators: used to stabilize a straight spine, help to rotate the spine and maintain proper spinal curvature and posture. 

Although some of these muscles are used in our day to day tasks, there are many that do not get enough movement which tend to weaken with age if not exercised adequately. It is advisable to consult a trained rehabilitation physician before doing any exercise.

Some of the most common exercises that might be included in the program are:


Most back problems are associated with some form of gradual stiffness. Thus, it is important to stretch to your limits but in a controlled way. These exercises are intended to achieve elasticity and flexibility in the muscles, disc, tendons and ligaments. In addition, apart from those that directly affect the injured area, all other muscles should be strengthened such as the legs and arms.


The chances of recurrence of back pain become almost minimal if the back is strengthened properly. There are two main types of strengthening exercises that can be used in specific spine conditions. These are:

  • McKenzie exercise: It aims at alleviating pain caused due to a collapsed disc space such as a degenerative spine disease. It may help to reduce the herniated disc and lessen the pressure on the root of the nerve.
  • Lumbar stabilization disease: It focuses on determining the position in which the patient feels most comfortable. Exercise is done to make the spine habitual to stay in that position.

Aerobic Conditioning

People who are aerobically fit have less chances of suffering from back pain and, if an episode occurs, they will experience much less pain. Low impact aerobic conditioning may include water therapy, stationary biking and walking.

Selecting the appropriate exercise depends upon the individual’s preferences and the nature and level of injury. Dr Burg, a renowned orthopedic surgeon, provides spine rehabilitation services to patients across Frisco, TX.  To schedule an appointment, you can call at (214) 618-5502.

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