How can I recover most efficiently after spine surgery?

For a faster recovery, you should start by following a nutrition plan customized for your needs by a qualified nutritionist to help your body heal more efficiently. Eliminate junk foods as much as possible, and drink plenty of water.

Recovery following any spine procedure takes several months so that the bones can heal properly. During this time, you will be prescribed:

  • physical therapy and rehabilitation exercises: to help support your spine by strengthening the ligaments and supporting muscles
  • non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs): to help alleviate any inflammatory pain that you are experiencing

Postoperative care for spine surgery

A conventional healing process also requires some preparation. To ensure a speedy recovery after spine surgery, you are advised to:

  • devise a general wellness plan before your surgery
  • use special equipment in and around the house to ease the stress on your spine
  • get social and practical support from family and friends
  • have access to a wide range of entertainment options
  • take your medications as instructed
  • get plenty of sleep
  • go on brief walks as often as you possibly can

Lifting heavy objects and bending over are prohibited for several weeks or months to allow the spine to heal without experiencing excessive stress.


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