Cervical and Lumbar Exercises.
Physical activity is an essential part of your recovery plan. This part of the video series demonstrates exercises that you can do after your surgery to help strengthen your body. Before performing any of these exercises, it is important to talk to our physical therapist to ensure you are at an appropriate place in your continued recovery.
There are two levels of the postsurgical exercise program. The first level has exercises you should start two to three weeks after surgery. The exercises in the second level are slightly more advanced, and you will progress to these approximately four to six weeks after your surgery.
The exercises will promote recovery and should not increase pain. However, be aware that some mild muscle soreness is normal after the first few sessions of any exercise.
Remember to listen to your body. Although these exercises are not strenuous, stop or avoid any exercise that increases pain or discomfort.
Also, keep in mind that you should avoid lifting any heavy weights for six to eight weeks after surgery. Contact a Laser Spine Institute Physical Therapist Consultant at 1-866-362-7574,ext. 253 about any questions or concerns you have related to the exercises in this video series.
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.