As the fusion matures, it is necessary to begin a reconditioning program. It is well established that people with spinal problems fair best when they get in better shape.
In This Article:
- Postoperative Care for Spinal Fusion Surgery
- Spinal Fusion Surgery Recovery: At The Hospital (One to Two Days)
- Spinal Fusion Surgery Recovery: After Discharge (Three to Six Days)
- One to Four Weeks After Spine Fusion Surgery
- Spinal Fusion Surgery Recovery: One to Three Months Post-Operation
- Spinal Fusion Surgery Recovery: Three Months and After
- Back Surgery Video: How Spinal Fusion Stops Back Pain
After the trauma of surgery, the muscles of the trunk, as well as your overall condition, are compromised. At approximately 3 months after surgery, a progressively more aggressive exercise program is typically started. This is often begun with the guidance of a physical therapist.
However, progress will not be accomplished unless the patient makes the effort. The long-term good results of a spine fusion require that the patient participate in a long-term self-directed exercise program. More specialized physical therapy (called "work hardening" programs) may be done in situations requiring return to work.