Category: Spine Surgery | Author: Stefano Sinicropi | Date: May 21, 2015
Crossfit is a popular and intensive exercise program to get in shape fast. Many patients who regularly participate in crossfit programs want to know when they can return to crossfit after a spine surgery operation. This blog will talk about crossfit after spine surgery – specifically, whether or not a patient can do crossfit and similar exercises after a minimally invasive spine procedure.
What is Crossfit?
Crossfit encompasses a number of intensive workout routines that blend elements of interval training, plyometrics, weightlifting & powerlifting, gymnastics, and other exercises. It has become widely popular in the United States since its creation in 2000. Crossfit is aimed at increasing your strength, stamina, speed, endurance, and flexibility (among other things). With so many specific exercises contained within, is crossfit a good idea for a patient who is recovering from spine surgery?
Is it Safe to do Crossfit after Spine Surgery?
Crossfit is an intense exercise routine and is generally not recommended during a recovery from spine surgery. While exercise is incredibly important to the healing process after a procedure, you shouldn’t push yourself too hard in the days and weeks after surgery. Stick to walking, physical therapy exercises, and low impact activities. Eventually, you should be able to return to crossfit, but be sure you have the go-ahead from your surgeon before diving in.
I may sound like a broken record at this point, but the most important thing to remember here is to always listen to your surgeon and follow his or her post-operative instructions. If any of your surgeon’s instructions are unclear, ask for clarification. Even if you don’t think of it until after you are already home, call your doctor’s office and ask if you are unsure about participating in any sort of physical activity. The last thing you want is to further injure yourself while you are in the process of recovering.