Many people think that after they’ve had spinal surgery, the problem is fixed, and they can go back to doing things the way they normally did.
This isn’t the case. Sometimes fixing one problem with your spine can unintentionally create another. To avoid this and recover properly, you’ll need to follow an outpatient rehab program planned for you by a physiotherapist.
A good outpatient rehab program includes a combination of exercises to do at home plus education. Because spinal fusion surgery varies from patient to patient, you’ll need a personalised program.
The program will help you to strengthen your muscles, increase your mobility and learn ways of doing things that won’t damage your spine.
If you’ve had extensive surgery, or you’re in a weakened condition, you may be offered in-house rehabilitation in a specialised unit.