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After Back Surgery: Tips for Better Back HealthDespu©s de una cirug­a de la espalda: Consejos para mejorar la salud de la espalda

After Back Surgery: Tips for Better Back Health

Taking care of your health can help you recover faster, feel better, and reduce the risk of reinjury. Factors that can affect your health and the health of your back include stress, excess weight, and smoking. Addressing these issues now can help you keep your back healthy in the long run.

Releasing Tension

Stress can lead to tight, painful muscles. Try these methods for releasing tension:

  • Deep breathing. Slow, calm, deep breathing can help you relax. Breathe in for a count of 5 or more. Then slowly let the breath out.

  • Visualization. Imagining a peaceful, secure scene can give you a sense of control over your body and surroundings.

  • Progressive relaxation. This is done by tightening and then releasing muscle groups. Start at the top of your head and work your way down your body. Tighten each muscle group for 5 to 10 counts. Then release the muscle group for the same amount of time.

Managing Your Weight

Excess weight increases the load on your lower back. So maintaining a healthy weight makes your back less prone to injury. If you need to lose weight, talk to your doctor about exercise and changes in your diet. Your doctor may recommend a weight loss program to help.

Walking for Back Health

Walking is part of your recovery. It's also one of the best things you can do to maintain your back health from now on. Regular exercise can also relieve stress and help you manage your weight. Make a habit of walking often.

If You Smoke, Quit!

Smoking can slow your recovery from surgery. It keeps your muscles from getting the oxygen they need. And it may make your disks more prone to damage. If you smoke, talk to your doctor about how to quit. Your doctor may recommend a stop-smoking class. He or she may prescribe medications or aids to help you quit. Be persistent. It often takes more than one try to succeed in quitting.

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

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I had a spinal decompression done at three levels. Although all pain is not gone, the surgery did exactly what Dr. Hayward had hoped it would. What impressed me most about Dr. Hayward was his willingness to have me get a second opinion. He did not want me going into surgery without hearing what someone else thought. He even went as far to tell me that just because he was the first neurosurgeon that I had seen, he expected me go where I felt most comfortable if I did have surgery.
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