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Physiotherapy After Back Surgery



Physiotherapy can play a huge role in the recovery process after any form of surgery. Concentrating specifically on the effects of physical therapy following back surgery, the application of a specially tailored program can help to promote spinal health and speed up the healing process.

Developing a personal program

Each case of surgery is different; therefore, it is essential that a patient sees a physiotherapist who is trained to develop a personal physiotherapy program, tailoring it to your individual needs. This program will need to consider:

The extent of the surgery

–          The extent of surgery undergone by a patient will heavily influence a physiotherapy program. For major surgery, a physiotherapy program will need to start off gently and progress very gradually. However, following minor surgery, this program won’t be as gradual with a patient being in a more stable position.

The type of surgery

–          The type of surgery and specific location of the surgery will affect the type of exercises and therapeutic massages that a patient needs. Exercising and aggravating the wrong areas of the back after an operation could delay recovery time and increase pain levels. Furthermore, certain operations may affect mobility more than others, therefore, this will need to be taken into consideration so to ensure no lasting mobility issues after recovery.

The patient’s physical health

–          A patient who is generally fit and healthy will need different therapy plan to that of a patient with lower fitness levels. Understanding the physical capabilities of the patient before their operation will allow their personal physiotherapy program to be tailored in a way that encourages them to return to their original, physical capabilities after their surgery.

Benefits of physiotherapy

Using a combination of exercises and therapy massages, physiotherapists aim to encourage healing, reduce pain and swelling, and build muscle – returning patients to their day to day routine as soon as possible.

As a way to relieve pain, a physiotherapist will first introduce exercises that focus on teaching the patient how to stretch the muscles in their back effectively, therefore, reducing discomfort. Similarly, to help treat the pain after surgery, electrical devices are often used in post-operative physiotherapy sessions.

Once a patient is in control of their pain, a physiotherapist can focus on helping the patient to build muscle and regain strength in their back. This process will not only promote a patient’s recovery but will also help to prevent further injuries.

Where to go

There are numerous private hospitals offering physiotherapy in Lancashire, Nottingham, Peterborough, and London. Before undergoing treatment, it is worthwhile booking a consultation with a therapist to discuss your personal needs.