Dr. Thomas Harvey
Chiropractic Care Following Spinal Surgery
Updated: Oct 14, 2022
Surgery for any reason is more than enough to invoke a great fear in the patient even though medical science is at a pinnacle. Spinal surgery is, perhaps, one of the scariest procedures to undergo despite the multiple benefits. And since spinal surgery involves a very important area of the body, rehabilitation and recovery will be at the forefront of concern post-spinal surgery. Chiropractic care following spinal surgery can greatly help the patient in regaining full mobility and reduction of pain along the back.
While the necessity of most spine surgery has found itself under scrutiny, those that have already undergone procedures derive great benefits from seeking chiropractic care. The chiropractor will not be focusing directly on the area of the operation, but on the area above and below. Such care can help reduce the pain associated with post-surgery and any stiffness that could result. The chiropractor will manipulate the spine in such a way to increase mobility to the area. The spinal surgery was more than likey performed to prevent or to reduce damage down. Other areas of the skeletal frame, joints, and even tissue may have been negatively affected. Chiropractic care focuses on such areas and, in conjunction with the surgery, will increase the effectiveness of which these areas are used. The greatest benefit of chiropractic care following spine surgery is the rate of recovery and the achievement of normalcy that patients enjoy. It is important after any major operation to ease back into the normal use of the area operated upon. Since the spine is an integral part of our framework, the concern of chiropractic care is all that more important. Help from a chiropractor will greatly improve the speed of recovery and how well one will be able to function and move. Common treatments that are employed for the chiropractic care following spine surgery can include any number of procedures. Depending upon the type and severity of the operation the procedures can be as simple manipulation of the area; massages and adjustments, to the more intensive care. Only the chiropractor can determine which treatment will be more beneficial as such determination is made on a case by case basis. No matter the treatment the primary focus is how it will improve and compliment the surgery. Any chiropractic care following spine surgery should be discussed extensively not only with the doctor but also with chiropractic professional as to what the positive and even negative aspects of such care might be. Chiropractic care following spine surgery is an important step in the recovery process. This care is used in tangent with the care of the physician overseeing the surgery. The primary focus of this care is to enable and hasten the recovery process and is in an important tool in rehabilitation. Read next blog post