Physical Therapy, The Cornerstone of Your Post-Operative Recovery

You are not alone if you have just been told that you will have spine surgery in the near future. Over 1.62 million Americans have spine surgery each year. In the past decade, the surgery rate has increased by 32%. The good news is that 90% return to work and a normal lifestyle within months after surgery.

While meeting with your surgeon, you will learn about post-operative recovery. Undoubtedly, physical therapy will be part of your recovery plan. You can expect decreased strength, pulled muscles, and even mobility issues without physical therapy.

Physical Therapy, The Cornerstone of Your Post-Operative Recovery

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Four to seven weeks post-operative, you will begin to work with a physical therapist. Your therapist will provide a plan to help with the following:

  • Manage pain
  • Limit inflammation
  • Minimize muscle spasms
  • Strengthen muscles that control and stabilize your back
  • Guidance on building a walking plan and climbing stairs
  • Creation of a return-to-work plan

Your therapist will show you exercises that strengthen the muscles that control and stabilize your back while helping tissue around the surgery area heal. Post-op, you may still experience numbness and tingling in your arms, hands, legs, and feet. This is normal. The exercise plan will reduce inflammation and speed your recovery after spinal surgery.

What Can You Expect at The Therapy Network?

A specialized physical therapist will guide you through your recovery and enjoy a normal lifestyle. Spinal surgery can be stressful, but your TTN will relieve the stress and create a customized recovery plan.

The Therapy Network helps you find your way through the insurance paperwork maze. Each TTN location includes a dedicated team to ensure that your paperwork is processed and your questions answered.

Although we hope you will start a relationship with The Therapy Network before your surgery, each of our locations also has same day appointments.

You just heard you need back surgery. Now what? Physical therapy is the cornerstone of your post-operative recovery.
Contact The Therapy Network.