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Physical therapy after back surgery can reduce your recovery times and get you back to life and work faster.Physical therapy can often help patients avoid costly back surgeries all together.

Surgery should always be a last resort when it comes to treating spinal conditions in the neck and back. We encourage patients with neck and back pain to see us first before thinking that surgery is their only option! However, if various non-operative treatments have been attempted without improvement over a 6-12 month period, sometimes an operation is necessary. If you are planning surgery for neck or back pain, pre-operative physical therapy can help you minimize healing times and go into your operation confident and healthy.

Types of back surgery

In minimally invasive back surgeries, surgeons use a variety of techniques to operate with less injury to the body than with open surgery. In general, it is safer than open surgery and is typically performed on an outpatient basis or with short hospital stays. Recent innovative techniques have made more spine conditions treatable with minimally invasive surgeries.

Traditional back surgery if often referred to as “open spine surgery”. During open spine surgeries, a long incision is made through the muscles and other soft tissues to access the affected part of the spine. As expected with more major surgery, recovery times & hospital stays are longer with open back surgery.

Some common back surgeries include:

  • Spinal fusion
  • Laminectomy
  • Foraminotomy
  • Discectomy
  • Disc Replacement

Goals of physical therapy after back surgery

The expert guidance and personalized exercise plans you’ll receive from your Step & Spine physical therapist will help control your pain and rebuild strength following spine surgery. After meeting initial pain management goals, we’ll focus on rebuilding muscles that may have been weakened by the surgery or lack of physical activity before and after your operation. We want to help you prevent any additional operations or injuries, helping you get the most out of your procedure.

Whether you are considering or planning for back surgery, we’re here for you.

Call or visit one of our three Central Oregon locations to talk to one of our physical therapists about your back surgery.