Each patient’s experience with canal stenosis and recovery after surgery will vary. Certain exercises, when performed correctly, can aid in the healing process, promote a healthy spine and help a patient reclaim an active lifestyle. In addition to providing specific postoperative instructions, a surgeon or physician will typically recommend a progressive exercise program to restore and build spinal strength and flexibility following canal stenosis surgery.
Exercising after surgery might seem somewhat counterintuitive, especially since a patient is usually experiencing some level of discomfort and probably would like to rest. Of course, periods of rest are always recommended for the first few days after a procedure. However, canal stenosis patients should be cautioned that remaining inactive for too long can actually be harmful, possibly resulting in decreased circulation, a weakened immune system and stiff joints.
Exercises to facilitate recovery after canal stenosis surgery
Following surgery, most doctors recommend a course of gentle, low-impact exercises such as:
- Light hiking
Even though postsurgical exercises are not intended to be strenuous, a patient should stop immediately upon experiencing any form of new or increased pain. On the other hand, mild discomfort should be expected as the body slowly becomes accustomed to being active again. Pain relievers and hot/cold therapy can be helpful throughout the healing process.
Minimally invasive spine surgery
Patients who have been diagnosed with canal stenosis and are considering surgery should know that there are minimally invasive alternatives to traditional open spine surgery. The board-certified surgeons+ at USA Spine Care perform outpatient procedures to address spinal conditions that cause neck and back pain. By using muscle-sparing techniques, we’re able to provide our patients with a shorter recovery time and less risk of complication compared to traditional procedures. Contact us today for more information. If you are a patient who has undergone minimally invasive spine surgery for canal stenosis at USA Spine Care, call the SPINE LINE at any time with questions or concerns about your postoperative recovery process.
We can help you receive a free MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.
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