Category: Surgery Recovery | Author: Stefano Sinicropi | Date: March 3, 2015
Most minimally invasive spine surgeries require some degree of physical therapy during the post-op recovery process. Physical therapy exercises can greatly boost your recovery, decrease pain, and increase mobility after surgery. It’s important that you make sure you have a physical therapist you can trust. In this blog, we are going to talk about physical therapy after spine surgery and offer a few tips for determining the quality of a physical therapy provider to ensure you get the best care possible.
Post-op Physical Therapy
We’ve talked about it many times before, but it’s always a good reminder that staying active is an essential part of recovering well from your back surgery. You may feel like staying in bed all day, but this can actually be detrimental to your spine health. Physical therapy exercises are a great way to get up off the couch and keep your body active as it heals. Read our previous articles on physical therapy exercises.
Choosing the Right Physical Therapist
The best way to find the right physical therapist for your needs is to ask your surgeon. Spine surgeons have established relationships with physical therapists and will be able to make a recommendation based on the procedure you’re having and your particular needs. Many clinics have physical therapists on staff who work directly with the doctor performing the surgery. This ensures that the physical therapist is completely informed on the procedure and the patient so they can tailor their PT approach accordingly.
If your surgeon or clinic does not have a physical therapist on staff, make sure you find one that comes well recommended. Ask your surgeon, family members, or friends if they can recommend anyone who has a good track record. And make sure your physical therapist is completely up to speed regarding your condition, surgery, and any other pertinent medical information.