Following a surgical procedure at Laser Spine Institute, it is important to be as active as possible. This might seem a bit counterintuitive, but gentle movement can actually promote healing. Of course, you’ll need to avoid bending, lifting and twisting until your physician advises otherwise, but mild exercises recommended by your physical therapist can provide many benefits.
The experts at Laser Spine Institute generally advise patients who undergo surgery to begin exercising right away for several reasons. First, the muscles surrounding the surgical site will be temporarily inhibited after surgery. Because those muscles provide stability to the spinal structure, it is important to encourage them to resume their proper function as soon as possible. Second, stretching exercises can restore range of motion and flexibility that were lost due to inactivity of the core, back and abdominal muscles that occurred in the days leading up to surgery to compensate for the discomfort. This can help alleviate stiffness and ease simple movements, such as standing up from a seated position. Finally, physical activity encourages blood flow, which delivers oxygen and nutrients that are essential for proper healing.
For many patients, the physical therapists at Laser Spine Institute recommend the bilateral knee to chest exercise as an excellent way to gently stretch the lower back and buttock muscles after surgery. This stretch can be performed on a bed, couch, floor or other flat surface where you feel comfortable. Here’s what to do:
The bilateral knee to chest exercise can be performed once or twice daily, and repeated five to 10 times during each session. Remember to breathe and move slowly throughout the stretching sequence. As with any other form of exercise, if at any time you begin to feel faint or dizzy or experience physical discomfort, you should stop immediately and consult your physician or therapist at Laser Spine Institute.
If you have questions or would like further information about rehabilitation and exercise following spine surgery, contact Laser Spine Institute.
Alternative exercises should only be performed if recommended by your physical therapist or physician.
The Laser Spine Institute Exercise Video Series, including all functional activities, post-surgical exercises and descriptions were designed specifically for Laser Spine Institute patients only. If you have not been prescribed these exercises, you should contact your physician before starting this or any exercise program. Exercise is not without its risks, and this or any other exercise program may result in injury. Risks include, but are not limited to: risk of injury, aggravation of a pre-existing condition, or adverse effect of over-exertion such as muscle strain, abnormal blood pressure, fainting and disorders of heart beat. As with any exercise program, if at any point during your workout you begin to feel faint, dizzy, or have physical discomfort, you should stop immediately and consult your surgeon's liaison or physician.