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How Your Exercise Regime Should Be after Spine Surgery?
How Your Exercise Regime Should Be after Spine Surgery?

You understand how important exercise and physical activity are to maintain your body's health and muscles. Exercise prevents other inactive complications such as pneumonia or blood clotting (DVT). But you can ask your spine surgeon if, when, and how you can restart your practice, after undergoing surgery. Be sure to talk about how you feel after the surgery openly with your doctor. Physical therapy is a good way of regaining mobility under the guidance of a professional to monitor you. You can also start a routine at home, which will activate you again.

Spine surgeons employ many surgical techniques and fusion approaches, such as:

  • Access to the spine can be obtained via frontal, back, side or a combination of approaches
  • Minimally invasive or classical techniques can be used for open surgery

Some exercises may not be suitable for all patients, because of those variations. The technique of the surgeon and the diagnosis of the patient will affect the rehabilitation.

Heal Your Body

The skin is the part of the body which first needs healing. This could usually take between 7 and 14 days depending on the size of the incision. It is a good idea during this time to keep to a minimum of exercise so that the skin is restored to full elasticity. Walking is a great low impact training during this time, especially for small incisions with a microscopic or minimally invasive procedure.

We cannot see the rest of the healing process occurrence - under the skin in the tissues and muscles. The key part which takes time for cure, or fusion, is the bone. This can take six to 9 months and your surgeon can see if the x-ray or CT scans the area totally heal the bone.


  • No heavy lifting
  • Do not bend
  • No twisting
  • Don't strain your back excessively
  • Discover exercises with low impact
  • Extension
  • Yoga
  • Walking

Low-impact training is great because it allows you to be active while avoiding unwanted spinal motion. Extension is a good low impact exercise and when approved by your doctor, yoga is also very useful. Make sure to go over all positions of yoga that can cause spinal strain.

Short Walks

The first day of the surgical procedure in the pain clinic, the patient must move frequently. The patient should go to the point of minor dysfunction as often as the surgeon permits, but stop if there is strong pain.

The majority of surgeons will encourage patients to leave bed and go on the first day after the operation and will recommend walking frequently during the first recovery period, increasing the tolerated number and duration of walks.


Patients should star stretching, but never to the point of pain, should stop stretching if a patient feels pain. If anything of discomfort occurs, the patient must visit the pain clinic again.

Contact us at Neuroscience Specialist in OKC if you wish to undergo a surgery. We would be assisting the patient in this regard, additionally in any spine, back or neck problems like scoliosis and carpal tunnel syndrome.

**Disclaimer- Information presented here is not intended to be qualified medical advice. Nothing expressed herein creates a doctor-patient relationship.