Home Recovery Tips After Back Surgery

Back surgery is a big deal, and for that reason, it’s critical that you take proper care of yourself upon returning home. Neglecting to do so increases the risk of post-surgery complications.

Above all else, be sure to follow your doctor’s post-surgery instructions. If you have any questions, reach out to their office for clarification. Remember, it’s better to be safe than sorry. 

Here are some additional tips to help aid your at-home recovery:

  • Use ice and/or heat therapy to alleviate pain and swelling.
  • Take medication as prescribed by your medical team. 
  • Slowly increase your activity level, careful not to get ahead of yourself.
  • Avoid alcohol consumption and smoking, as they can slow the recovery process.

No two people will face the exact same circumstances when recovering from back surgery. It’s critical to follow the direction of your medical team while being cautious that you don’t push yourself too hard. If you take the right path the first time, there’s a better chance of making a full and fast recovery. And when that happens, you’re closer to reaching your former level of health and lifestyle. 

Virginia Spine Specialists is an award-winning, minimally invasive spinal care practice with locations in Fredericksburg, VA and Manassas, VA. We also serve these Northern and Central Virginia locations: Haymarket, Gainesville, Culpepper, Front Royal, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Colonial Beach, Tappahannock and Lake Anna.