Tips from a physiotherapist
Following the operation, the patient’s follow-up appointments will be with a physiotherapist, who will provide some useful tips to help the patient load his back and make a full recovery while the patient is still at Bergman Clinics' Back and Neck Centre. Typically, patients are able to walk again the day after their operation. They are free to go home, then, depending on the size of their wound.
Two weeks after the operation, we will ring the patient for a phone check-up during which we will discuss his or her current condition. Generally, the patient will be told on this occasion that s/he is allowed to resume normal activities and increase the load on his or her back. If the patient is already experiencing a clear improvement, no further steps will have to be taken at this point.
Resuming exercise and returning to work
Patients will be allowed to undergo supervised physiotherapy upon their discharge from the clinic if they are in a poor physical condition or afraid to resume movement. Embarking on an intensive back and abdominal muscle training programme soon after the operation is not recommended, as the back muscle will not have full pulling force for the first 3 to 6 months following surgery. The duration of the post-operative recovery period varies from patient to patient. Whether or not a patient will be allowed to return to work soon after his or her operation obviously depends on the nature of the person’s duties. Patients should always listen to their bodies and take a break when their bodies tell them they have had enough.