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The reviewers also found that intensive exercise programs begun between 4-6 weeks after the surgery gets you back to work faster than mild exercise, without the risk of re-injury to the disk. Overall, though, back rehab exercises are back rehab exercises, and if you keep working on them over the long term, the effectiveness of your post op program will be about the same regardless of intensity, for functional status and fast return to work, the review found. The authors noted that it’s unclear what should be included in a rehab program, with a multidisciplinary approach showing no real advantage over a more focused one.
Steven Portner (his name was changed) recently had a first time lumbar disk surgery. For Steven, physical therapy started eight weeks after his surgery. Steven says physical therapy "is focusing on exercises to strengthen the core muscles in the abdomen and back. Without a strong core chances are much higher that another injury could occur, especially when there is a lot of lifting involved. I would categorize my PT treatment as moderately challenging right now and I expect it to become more so as the treatments progresses”.
Have you had lumbar surgery? Tell us how your recovery has gone.
*I am a consumer reviewer for the Cochrane Back Group, which means I look at their work and provide comment as to how it might answer the questions of non-medical people with back pain.)