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Best jobs after back surgery

backman38bbackman38 Posts: 37
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:26 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hello everyone,

I was wondering what jobs are easy on the back and prolong back health after surgery? Any thoughts?



  • I can't think of anything that does not cause back pain to flare for me..although I think the problem is how long we are doing something, not so much what we are doing...

    sitting more than 15 min
    standing in one place for ANY length of time
    walking is better but still couldn't do this for a full workday.

    Maybe if there was a job where we could lay in bed propped w/ pillows??

    Hopefully post op I will be able to tolerate working a full day :)
  • Not my job, that is for sure. I am an RN in post-partum. I am keeping my eyes open for a more back friendly nursing job. I am thinking Neonatal ICU, where the patients average about 3 pounds :)
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  • Add stress to that list for me - always exacerbates back pain. :<
    Jan 2009 L5-S1 ALIF
    May 2017 ALIF L4-L5 with PLF rods added L4-L5-S1
  • Awwwww. Work with the little bebes! HOw awesome of a job would that to begin with? I think it would be a good job for you. Bebes are less stressful, too. They can't talk back or be moody or rude. Lol. No hormone issues!!
  • Yep Lo, I like working with the babies. My job now is 50% babies, of course the other 50% is their moms :< Sometimes I work in the nursery as charge, and then its all babies all day, but I only get to do that a few times a month. Also our nursery has up to 42 babies and only 1 RN and 1 LVN, and it is soooo crazy in there. It is less mentally stressful to work out on post-partum.

    But now the Neonatal ICU, would be perfect cause the babies are little, are in beds or on tables at waist height, and it is soooooo much more interesting than my current job. You can vary sitting with standing and work in one area. I walk between five and 10 miles a day at my current job, almost always on my feet, not to mention pushing, pulling, leaning, bending, lifting, etc. Only problem is to get a NICU job I would have to go to night shift, which I am not willing to do at this time with my teenagers. Oh well, maybe someday. Or I have also considered teaching future nurses someday. We'll see :)
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  • Depending on what you're looking for (permanent or temporary) would decide the direction you could go. There literally thousands of home-based jobs still available- envelope stuffing, data-entry etc.... Not all are legit, but with a little research you can determine which ones are on the level. Something like this is an easy way to make money, and allows you the freedom to do as little as you want through the day. Hell...if you have a laptop, you wouldn't even need to leave your bed. Just don't forget to get up and walk!

    Other small suggestions:
    - Typing services for students and/or offices. Put an ad on Craigslist
    - Business Card database entry. Believe it or not, there are a lot of folks who need their contacts organized and will pay you to do it.
    - If you're able to drive, pet care can be fairly lucrative, and less invasive than most activities.
  • Well, I always hope to be a lottery winner and not have to worry about a job, but just in case...

    I know many folks who do home medical transcription and insurance claim processing. You can move about as you wish, sit, stand, kneel, etc. Take your own breaks. Wear pajamas to work. Company pays for your computer and internet connection. Not having to drive to work would be a big plus for me because then I could take mild medication without fear of driving.

    Some folks make a living by selling on Ebay. If you have the endurance to hang out once in a while at estate sales you can accumulate many treasures to sell, then make a trip once a week to the packing store to ship the stuff.

    In my state, you can have a bachelor's degree in anything and substitute teach. Not saying that teaching is an easy job at all, but if it did not have to be your primary income, you get to decide if you feel like working when the call comes in. If you are having a bad day, you can just say you are not available to work that day when they call for help.

    Home daycare for after/before school-aged kids so that you don't have to lift them.

    If you can sit for long periods and still be OK, I've seen many "Mom's Taxi" services. Parents pay for the service so that while parents at work, kids get picked up and driven to sports/music/tutoring lessons.

    Just some thoughts.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 11,630
    about home jobs, data entry, just about any desk work.
    If you have back problems, desk work can set up a scenario where you dont want to be in.

    If you do opt for desk related jobs (computer, etc)
    you need to make sure you follow all the rules regarding
    working at a desk.. But the one most important is to make sure you get up and move at least every 45 minutes
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • I'm doing my desk job part time from the couch or the floor while on an ice pack with my laptop on my knees. I'm beginning to thing the best job after surgery is RETIREMENT!! I still have at least a year till that though.


    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
  • I have found that its very hard to get back to work. Im still battling ongoing leg pain, that without medicating heavily is in the 6-7 range on a scale to ten. which 6 mos post op I thought I would be much better. I was a truck driver before and painter/drywall guy and really have no use in an "office" scenario. I am going to get training thru the state when I feel ready to return to part time work. its impossible to get a job back in a kitchen around here which I have exp in however nobody has wanted to hire a guy who cant lift 15lbs. I have exp in other things however ALL of them are physical labor in some way, which my surgeon has strongly recommended that I stay away from that because my disk in bad shape already and any physical labor means MOST likely ill be having a fusion surgery. which I DONT want anymore surgery, its a tough call I have thought about billing and coding or something involving computers I think the best thing even possible is to find a well paying LOW physical requirement job. best of luck im hoping in the next few months I will be taking courses and training to get back to work. if you have not already checked with your state they may offer the same program if your in need, I know Michigan does and its thru Michigan works rehabilitation program.
    once an ice hockey player always an ice hockey player
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