Back pain becomes more common by the day, mainly because people tend to spend more and more time sitting down while working. A sedentary lifestyle is one of the greatest enemies of your spine, and you’re likely to experience some discomfort eventually if you neglect physical activity. Usually, massages and physical therapy will alleviate the pain, but if your spine condition happens to require surgery, the process of recovery will be long and concern adequate care.
Short walks will be advisable after surgery but only when you feel like you can walk outside without a problem. You’ll need to increase the distance day after day, and that will be a great form of necessary exercise that your body will need after surgery in order to maintain muscle tone and build strength. Lifting, twisting, and bending should be avoided at all cost as well as pushing and pulling. Long sitting and standing should also be avoided until you’re healed but afterwards as well. Depending on the type of spinal surgery you had, stair climbing may also be restricted, but your surgeon will fill you in about all the specifics.
Lay in bed properly
Even time spent in bed will require strategic planning because until you’ve recovered from surgery, your spine will have to be in a specific position. Only if you have a good night’s sleep will you be able to heal faster, so try sleeping on your back with your upper back, shoulders and head raised a little. Use supportive pillows for the best results. Your knees and hips should be slightly bent, so roll up a blanket and place it under the back of your knees. The “log roll method” is the best way to get out of bed, because it won’t put too much strain on your spine.
Listen to your doctor
It’s imperative that you follow your doctor’s orders if you want to recover quickly and solve your spinal problems. If your procedure was handled by the leading surgeon Dr Timothy Steel, for example, you’ll get detailed instructions on how to take care of your spine in the future, and thanks to more than 21 years of experience in this field, he’ll carefully outline your recovery plan and let you know exactly what to expect from the results and how to manage pain during recovery. Do not push yourself too hard but listen to the doctor’s instruction and rest because your body will need a certain amount of time to go back to its usual activities and tempo.
Address the pain
Healing is a gradual process, so the pain will certainly be inevitable in some phases of the recovery. Even though it may be normal, you shouldn’t ignore it, but address it the moment it becomes too much. Discomfort will be present from time to time, but when the pain starts interfering with your mood, and ability to move, it’s time to control it with medication. Be sure to follow the doctor’s instruction on pain medication dosage. Alternating ice and warmth on your back will likely ease the pain but consult with the doctor first before you apply any pain reliever to the operated spot.
Accept help from others
Don’t be afraid or ashamed to ask and accept help from your loved ones if they offer to be there for you and assist in everyday activities. You may have trouble going to the bathroom and getting dressed, getting out of bed and bathing, in which case you’ll need someone to help you perform all of those activities and your loved ones will certainly be more than willing to offer you a hand. Don’t risk injuring yourself even more, but accept their help and let them be there for you.
Spinal surgery can be a complicated process and the recovery won’t be that easy and short either. However, as long as you stick to the doctor’s orders, don’t strain yourself much and increase your movement step by step, you’ll heal quickly and recover well.