To get the most out of your spine surgical results, it helps to know every step of the surgical process and Physical therapy after spine surgery is very important. Nearly all minimally invasive or open procedures involve some form of post-surgery physical therapy. Patients who dedicate themselves to physical therapy can look forward to maximum and long lasting results.
Related Spinal Anatomy
The spine is divided into cervical (neck), thoracic (mid-back), and lumbar (lower back) regions. Each region has uniquely shaped vertebrae. Numerous ligaments and muscle tendons attach to different parts of each vertebra. The tendons and ligaments assist in the important functions of supporting the body and helping it move.
Physical Therapy After Spine Surgery
Physical therapy is often prescribed in the weeks following a spinal procedure. At Plymouth Bay Orthopedic Associates, our on-site Physical Therapists work with our Board Certified Spine Specialists to create and monitor a customized program. The reasons why physical therapy is important are as follows:
- Physical therapy strengthens the spine. The muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the spine can become weak and damaged due to medical conditions that require surgery. Exercises of various types are used to strengthen the spine and help patients function at the highest level possible.
- Physical therapy improves flexibility. As spine conditions increase in severity, the spine becomes less flexible. Stretching exercises are used as part of a physical therapy program to help increase flexibility and range of motion. Most physical therapy programs also include additional stretching exercises to improve flexibility in other large muscles groups, like the shoulders and hamstrings, that work in unison with the spine.
- Physical therapy decreases pain. Modalities administered as part of a physical therapy program help decrease inflammation and pain associated with surgery. Common modalities include ice, heat, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation. As patients’ pain levels are decreased, they are able to perform more stretching and stretching exercises.
Our Physical Therapists and Spine Specialists communicate and work together to ensure patients are responding well to therapy. After patients complete their physical therapy program they are strong, healthy, and happy.
Seeking Treatment for a Spinal Condition?
Spine pain can be one of the worst types of pain. Patients who are experiencing chronic back or neck pain are encouraged to make an appointment with one of our Board Certified Spine Specialists. At Plymouth Bay Orthopedic Associates in Plymouth, Duxbury and Sandwich, a variety of treatment options, including non-surgical options, are used to give patients maximum results. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.