What physical activity is allowed after laminectomy?

After each surgery, it is normal to have some contraindications regarding your activity. Your doctor will tell you more about what you should and shouldn’t do after this intervention.

After undergoing laminectomy, give your body time to heal. Avoid effort or any movements that might impair the intervention’s result.

You are allowed to:

  • take slow walks at first and gradually increase their duration and intensity
  • climb stairs, but not too frequently, especially if it causes you discomfort

You might also need to start a physical therapy program. Do not drive for at least two weeks and resume your job and sexual intercourse only after your doctor says it is ok to do so.

Physical activity recommendations after laminectomy

Laminectomy is particularly helpful in alleviating symptoms of spinal stenosis. Immediate improvements are noticeable:

  • pain reduction
  • decrease in neck pain and the radiating type of pain in the shoulder and arms
  • the ability to carry out routine activities
  • a successful return to work

Recommended exercises after laminectomy include:

  • walking routine: helps improve blood flow and cardiovascular health
  • maintaining proper posture: you might be prescribed a lumbar roll to keep your spine in an optimum position
  • keeping a neutral spine: sitting and standing exercises help protect your surgery
  • core strengthening: involves specific hip and leg motions to help gain muscle stability and strength
  • getting plenty of rest: whenever you feel tired, make sure to sleep for a better recovery
  • lifting light objects: as long as you keep your back straight and knees bent

Physical therapy after a laminectomy will help you recover completely, regain your strength and range of motion.


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