If your doctor recommends spine or neck surgery, you can expect to feel much better and live with less pain after your procedure. You will, however, need to give your body time to heal once the surgery is done. Pain and stiffness are common after back and neck surgeries, but there are ways to minimize discomfort and promote successful healing.
Be sure to follow the dosing instructions on your post-operative medications strictly. This is particularly true of pain medications. It is far better to stay ahead of the pain than it is to wait for the pain medication to work. Take prescriptions for pain and other medications as directed even if you’re feeling good. Follow your physical therapy regimen diligently as well. Although these exercises may seem difficult at first, they are a crucial tool for restoring mobility.
Procure the things you will need before your surgery and have them in place when you get home. You will need shoes with rubber soles to prevent a fall. Opt for slip-ons to avoid bending over to tie shoelaces. A toilet seat riser will make using the facilities easier and a bath mat will keep you from slipping in the shower. You may also wish to consider using a shower seat to make bathing easier. Place a long-handled brush in the shower so you can clean your body without bending and twisting. Keep a grabber handy, too, so you can easily reach over your head or pick things up off the floor without stretching or bending.
Your body needs certain vitamins and minerals to heal, so make sure you provide them. Eat foods rich in vitamin C, vitamin D, magnesium and protein. These nutrients will help heal the collagen in your body as well as your muscles. Magnesium also helps your body use calcium more efficiently, which is important for healing bones. Drink lots of water to keep yourself hydrated as you heal, and avoid foods high in sugar as they can depress your immune system.
Pot-surgical appointments with your doctor are important and it is imperative that you keep them. Your doctor will track your healing and check your incision site to prevent infections and other problems. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call your doctor and ask. Report any problems or concerns you have promptly. Recovery is part of the surgical process and your doctor will want to monitor you. Never be afraid to ask for help or get answers.
If you’re living with chronic back or neck pain, contact the office of Jeffrey M. Epstein for a consultation. He will be happy to discuss your problem and its possible solutions with you so you can find relief. If you require surgery, he will ensure that you are in good, caring hands during your surgery and as you recover from it.