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Why is Physical Therapy so important after spine surgery?



Physical therapy plays a crucial role in the recovery process after spine surgery. The providers with Austin Neurosurgeons recommend physical therapy after many of their operations, including: lumbar fusion, cervical fusion, laminectomy, foraminotomy, discectomy, and peripheral nerve decompression. Physical therapy helps to:

  1. Reduce pain: Physical therapy can help to reduce pain and discomfort in the affected area by promoting healing and reducing inflammation.

  2. Improve mobility: Physical therapy helps to increase flexibility, range of motion, and strength in the affected area, allowing patients to regain normal movement patterns and reduce the risk of further injury.

  3. Prevent complications: Physical therapy helps to prevent complications, such as scar tissue formation, muscle weakness, and stiffness, which can negatively impact the surgical outcome.

  4. Promote healing: Physical therapy promotes circulation, which helps to deliver oxygen and nutrients to the surgical site, promoting healing and reducing the risk of complications.

  5. Improve overall health: Physical therapy can help improve overall health by reducing the risk of future injuries, improving posture, and preventing muscle imbalances, which can reduce the risk of future spinal problems.

Overall, physical therapy plays an essential role in the recovery process after spine surgery and helps to ensure a safe and successful outcome.


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