Spinal fusion, more technically known as spondylodesis, is a type of surgery used to repair vertebrae in the spine. The repair often takes bone tissue from the patient’s pelvic bone, or from a bone bank. This bone tissue is used to connect adjacent vertebrae, in order to keep the affected region of the spine from moving. This type of surgery is used to treat a variety of spinal conditions, including stenosis, herniated discs, fractures, and even infections in the area. As the spine is crucial in movement of the body, it is necessary that such procedures are performed and recovered from properly.
The incorporation of physical therapy in this procedure is very important. While this technique is used to treat a variety of spinal conditions, the strengthening exercises and restrictions can vary, depending on the patient's bodily condition. By consulting a physical therapist, the patient can both speed up recovery time, and reduce the risk for post-surgical injury.
During the time immediately after the procedure, it is important for the patient to avoid bending or twisting of the region, or any heavy lifting. Some patients may be given a back brace to avoid these types of movement. The patient may also be recommended a set of back strengthening exercises, at the discretion of a physical therapist. Generally, use of the affected area will initially be limited, but can gradually increase as the area heals up, and restores strength. Allowing ample rest is also critical to a proper recovery.
Madison Physical Therapy has two locations in South Brooklyn. In Sheepshead Bay and Bay Ridge, respectively. Their team of physical therapists take pride in the diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of all types of physical disorders and conditions. By visiting a physical therapist, you can make sure your post-surgical recovery is smooth and effective.