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Recovery from a Discectomy

March 26, 2019

 

 

Recovery from a Discectomy

 

The spinal discs located within your back serve an essential purpose as they act as round cushions that absorb shock and pressure. These discs protect the neural cord and surrounding nerves and are composed of a jelly-like substance that helps to decrease friction and allow your spine to be more flexible. When the disc ruptures or herniates, it can put you at risk for excruciating pain and can lead to increased numbness, tingling, or weakness down the arm or the lower back. While there are several non-surgical methods to approach a herniated disc, some physicians recommend treatment by a discectomy. If you decide to undergo a discectomy, Madison Physical Therapy in Brooklyn can help make sure that you are adequately treated.

 

 

What is Discectomy?

 

A discectomy involves a spinal surgeon making an incision in your back or neck to access the lumbar spine. He/she will then remove the damaged or herniated disc, which will then remove pressure placed on the pinched nerve. Research indicates that patients who participate in postoperative physical therapy after back surgery have better long-term outcomes than patients who do not. If you are looking for physical therapy in Brooklyn, visit us at Madison Physical Therapy for comprehensive post-surgical physical therapy care.

 

 

Benefits of Physical Therapy During Recovery

 

  • Professional follow-up - We can assess whether you are experiencing an expected amount of postoperative pain and if there are any potential complications such as hemorrhage or infection. Also, we can create a recovery plan for you.

 

  • Postural assessment - We can assess your sitting and standing ability, and try to combat any discomfort arising from slow walking to eventual running. We can also show you how to use assistive walking devices such as crutches or a cane.

 

  • Range of motion - Our physical therapy in Brooklyn practice can formulate an evaluation of your spinal range of motion post-surgery.

 

  • Strength - Our physical therapist will be able to determine if you have any weakness in your muscles. An exercise program beginning 4-6 weeks post-operation will help you regain strength in muscles of the back and thighs to help improve mobility.

 

  • Scar tissue assessment - Our physical therapist will be able to assess proper healing and any scar tissue at the incision site.

 

  • Flexibility and functional assessment - You may experience tightness and soreness in the muscles after the operation. You can work with our team to increase flexibility and potentially regain range of motion.

 

  • Exercise - Exercise is a critical step for maintaining good spinal health and learning what exercises you can continue at home to avoid complications in the future.

 

  • Physical therapy modalities - Making use of modalities including heat therapy, cryotherapy, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation can help reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation.

 

  • Functional assessment - To determine the best placement for you, including outpatient rehab vs. inpatient rehab, we can perform a functional evaluation to assess your needs.


If you need physical therapy in Brooklyn, contact Madison Physical Therapy today. We offer treatment for many conditions, and we provide state-of-the-art technology to help you feel your best again. Contact us today and learn more about how we can help you!

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