Category: Spine Surgery | Author: Stefano Sinicropi | Date: June 20, 2022
After a significant injury or surgical operation, it’s normal for people to shy away from activities they once loved out of fear of suffering a setback. It’s possible to lose confidence in your spine’s ability to handle the stress you throw at it, but nobody wants to live a life away from some of their favorite physical activities simply because they don’t know if they can trust their spine. That’s why we work with all of our patients to help them understand how they can regain trust in their spine and get back to their favorite physical activities following an injury or surgery. We share some of the ways we work to achieve this with our patients in today’s blog.
How To Restore Lost Confidence In Your Spine
It will take some time to restore that trust in your spine, but if you put in the work and are careful about your approach, we believe that you’ll be more confident in your spine health when all is said and done. Here are some ways we help patients restore trust in their recovering spine.
- Do Your Physical Therapy Exercises – Arguably the most helpful thing you can do to help prepare your spine for future stress and help it become stronger is to partake in physical therapy. A PT-guided routine will target specific areas of your spine that have been affected by your injury or surgery, and it can help you avoid certain movements that could jeopardize the health of the recovering area. Don’t just settle for good enough when it comes to physical therapy, make sure you continue with the entire program to get the most out of your sessions. And if you’re going in for elective spine surgery, consider prehabilitation PT exercises, because you don’t need to wait until after surgery to make your spine and the muscles that support it stronger!
- Take It Slow – When you’re trying to restore confidence in an area of your body that has been weakened by injury or surgery, it’s imperative that you take it slow during rehab. Taking on too much right away is a recipe for a setback, and that will only further cripple your confidence. Instead, slowly build up your tolerance over the course of weeks or months based on the recommendations of your physical therapist. You’ll have the rest of your life to do the physical activities you love, but now is the time to take it slow and ensure you’re not overloading your spine too soon during the process.
- Trust Your Care To Dr. Sinicropi – If you want the best chance at a full recovery, you should trust your care to a provider who has a proven track record of helping thousands of patients get back to doing the activities they love. In the greater Twin Cities area, that person is Dr. Sinicropi. He has performed thousands of spinal operations and really understands how to help patients make the strongest recovery after each of these procedures, and he’s confident that he can help restore trust in your spine. When it comes to your health, you need to have confidence in the specialist overseeing your care, and you’ll find that with Dr. Sinicropi.
- Lifestyle Improvements – You should also make some small adjustments in other areas of your life to help provide the right environment for your spine to thrive. This will include improving your diet to help your body get the nutrients it needs to function properly, taking on more low-impact exercise to improve blood flow and help maintain an ideal weight, and improving your posture when you’re seated and standing to avoid putting excess stress on your lumbar or cervical spine with poor body positioning. All of these little adjustments can go a long way in improving your spine health and restoring trust in its ability to handle pressure each day.
- Lean On Your Care Team – Finally, take advantage of the knowledge and expertise of your care team and lean on them throughout the recovery process. If you want to get back to doing specific activities, or you have questions about the course of your rehab, just ask your doctor or another member of your care team. We are here to help you make the best recovery possible, so let us help any way we can. Let them know if you’re worried about trusting your back to handle certain activities, and we’ll work to remove this doubt.
For help with your back injury, or to restore confidence in your spine after surgery, reach out to Dr. Sincropi and his team today at (651) 430-3800.