Spinal Fusion Surgery Recovery: Three Months and After

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.

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.