21 Jul Practicing for Work Return after Spine Surgery
Getting back to work can cause a lot of anxiety for spine surgery patients who fear that they may not be physically ready to perform work functions after a surgical procedure. In this article, we are going to talk about a few ways you can prepare your body for returning to work after a minimally invasive spinal surgery.
Preparing to go Back to Work
Your recovery recommendations (activity restrictions, physical therapy routine, etc.) are designed to get you back to your normal self as quickly as possible after surgery.
If you are nervous about your ability to perform work tasks after your procedure, try to simulate work activities at home while you recover. For example, if you work at a desk all day, you can prepare yourself by sitting at your home computer for a while as you recover. If your job requires a lot of walking or picking things up, practice those activities (with caution) at home during recovery. These actions will help get your body used to the physical requirements of your job.
Limitations are Key
Most importantly, know your bodily limitations and don’t overdo things in the days and weeks after your procedure. Pushing yourself too far can reset your progress. If your job is physically intensive, make sure you are absolutely prepared to return to work before doing so. Many patients jump the gun and return to work too early, only to injure themselves and delay their return even more.
Inspired Spine surgeries have been specifically designed to get the patient back to work as soon as possible following the procedure. The Inspired OLLIF and Inspired MIS-DTIF have the shortest operating times, and quickest recoveries on average than any other procedure currently available. Choosing an Inspired Spine surgery will allow you to return to your job ASAP after your surgery. Contact us today to learn more about these procedures or find a surgeon in your area who performs these procedures using our helpful online tool.