3 Recovery Tips for Lower Back Surgery
Lower back issues are some of the most common problems that can occur amongst both men and women – most commonly as a result of stress injuries over time. When lower back injuries occur, whether they might be to the intervertebral discs, or the vertebrae themselves, surgery is generally the most likely treatment options. The initial steps to take include steroid injections, pain killers, and a combination of physical therapy as well. According to Dr. Arutyunyan, the top spine surgeon Manhattan has to offer, one thing to understand is that many patients will do anything they can to avoid having surgery. While spine surgery is certainly not without its risks, it is often the most likely treatment method that will help you alleviate pain and other symptoms. Many feel that this is because of the long, and drawn out recovery period involved with surgery – or at least that’s what many believe. According to the top spine surgeon Manhattan has in practice, Dr. Arutyunyan, as spine surgery has advanced, it has become far less invasive and therefore the recovery period is a lot less troubling and difficult to go through. Also, to better help you get through the recovery period, here are 3 important tips that will help you to have an easier time during recovery.
· Sleep as Much as Possible!
One big mistake that people will often make is that they don’t sleep enough during their recovery period from spine surgery. Having the time off, and away from work, they tend to stay up well into the night watching movies and their favorite Netflix shows. This is terrible for your recovery, as sleep is vital to tissue recovery – especially to a delicate area like the spine and lower back! Sometimes you can’t sleep because of pain and poor habits, here is some helpful methods of getting to bed better.
· Going to bed and waking up at consistent times
· Avoiding the use of electronics in your bedroom after a certain set time
· Avoiding caffeine and other stimulants for at least 4 hours before your bed time
· Avoiding naps during the day.
· Eat Large Healthy Meals
According to Dr. Artyunyan, the best spine surgeon Manhattan has in practice, during recovery too many people sit around and take the time to order takeout or eat unhealthy. Especially in today’s fast food age, many of us are known to take in too many calories while not consuming enough nutrients and vitamins (which are necessary to aid your body in the healing process). It is vital to eat a ton of lean meats like chicken, beef and fish, fresh fruits and veggies, avoid processed foods and fast food, and consume whole, healthy grains and legumes. In addition, make sure to take vitamins and mineral supplements as much as possible.
· Walking & Light Exercise
Yes, definitely get as much bed rest as possible. But too often individuals are spending their entire time in recovery in bed laying down and doing nothing, hopefully they will just feel better. The best thing you can do is to do some light walking and get our mobility back, and be sure to move around so that you don’t gain too much unwanted weight that will also negatively impact your recovery.
For more information on recovery tips and more, be sure to contact DR. ARUTYUNYAN today.