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Post-Op Tips: BackConsejos para despu©s de la operaci³n de espalda

Post-Op Tips: Back

At home, you play a major role in your recovery. Protect your back by moving safely and practicing good body mechanics. Also see your doctor for follow-up visits.

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Walking helps your body heal faster.

Getting Back into Action

  • Take short, frequent walks each day. Ask your doctor how long your walks should be and how often you should take them.

  • You may be able to drive or return to a desk job within weeks after surgery. If you do more active work, you may need to wait longer before going back.

  • For the first few weeks, don't lift any item that weighs more than 10 pounds.

  • As your back heals, you may feel ready to have sex. Ask your health care provider to suggest positions that will keep your back safe during sex.

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Don't slump or slouch. It pushes your spine out of line. Pressure can squeeze disks, strain ligaments, and twist vertebrae. Over time, this can lead to damage and pain.

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Keys to Good Body Mechanics

Good body mechanics (how you move) help keep your back safe by putting the least amount of pressure on your spine. To help protect your back, follow these tips:

  • Always try to keep your ears, shoulders, and hips in line with each other.

  • When you move, tighten the muscles in your stomach to support your spine.

  • When you bend, bend at your hips and knees, not at your waist.

  • When you turn, do not twist your shoulders or waist. Instead, turn your whole body.

Talk with your health care provider about what exercise program is best for you. Always tell your health care provider if an exercise causes new or lasting pain.

Date Last Reviewed: 2007-01-15T00:00:00-07:00

Date Last Modified: 2002-07-09T00:00:00-06:00

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