The spine or the backbone is a very complex skeletal structure which consists of the vertebra, intervertebral discs, the ligaments, the muscles, and the nerves. The individual vertebra is separated by the intervertebral discs which serve its cushion. All of these structures allow a person the needed stability and mobility to do activities of daily living.
The spinal column maintains the structural framework of the body since it connects the upper body to the lower body. It is subjected to various degrees of physical stress throughout a person’s life. The backbone of a person is very resilient. The simple act of walking already puts a load to the spine. Additionally, when a person carries a heavy load, the spine is actually carrying the object itself and the mass of the upper body.
However, there are a lot of situations and conditions that may cause damage to the spine. Extensive spinal damage may need a spine surgery in order to correct the problem and relieve the person of the back pain that accompanies the medical condition. Postoperative care for patients who undergoes back pain surgery can be very difficult. The medical professionals at the Boulder Neuro-surgical and Spine Associates recommend this list of interventions to help a person after a surgery.
Positioning. Observing proper positioning is very important in a patient who undergoes back pain surgery. The health care providers should make sure that the patient lies flat on his back with the bed in a complete 180 degrees. Movement must be restricted at all costs a day after the surgery in order to maintain the position of the spine as straight as possible.
A day after the surgery, it is recommended that patients lie on their backs or on their sides in order to promote ventilation. It is also best to avoid elevating the head or the upper body of the patient since it may put unwarranted stress to the spine.
Sitting on the side of the bed with assistance is also recommended to aid in the recovery process. It is recommended to sit for 20 minutes for the first 2 weeks after the surgery which may gradually increase to 40 minutes by four weeks.
Alternating Positions. Experts suggest alternating the tasks being done and change positions often in order to reduce the stress and tension to the spine. Maintaining the same body position for longer periods puts a lot of tension to the spinal joints, muscles, and the nerves. It is recommended to change positions or take breaks every 10 to 15 minutes in order to avoid damage to the spine.
Walking. The experts at the Boulder Neuro-surgical and Spine Associates recommend patients to be active in order to hasten their recovery process. They recommend walking as the best form of physical activity that a patient may participate into after a back pain treatment. Walking improves the patient’s balance and posture as well as bladder and bowel function. It also leads to improve circulation of the blood and improved heart and lung function. Lastly, physical activity enhances the mood of the patients and relieves them of the stress brought by the surgery.
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