House Call: Back surgery rehabilitation

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Outpatient rehabilitation plays a major role in recovering from back surgery. Physical therapy helps patients transition from surgery back to normal life and everyday routines, such as working, recreational activities and household chores.

It is important for back surgery patients to discuss outpatient rehabilitation options and needs with their physician in order to get on the road to recovery as quickly and safely as possible. 

Rehabilitation for back surgery often begins with educating the patients on proper back precautions.  Patients are taught “No B.A.T.," which means no bending, arching or twisting, and to practice maintaining a neutral spine post-surgery.

Back surgery patients are also educated on pain management skills such as using ice to help alleviate severe, intense pains and inflammation and using heat to help with chronic, achy, stiff pains.

Although our area is fortunate to have an exceptional team of medical professionals that perform minimally-invasive back surgeries and provide top-notch rehabilitation services within the Cone Health network, prevention is always key.

The more you practice proper body mechanics and strengthen your back and core, the less prone you are to injury.  And for those that do have to undergo surgery, the more they have done on the preventative end, the better their outcomes after surgery. 

Spokesperson Background:

Jennifer Paa is a licensed physical therapist at the Church St. location of Cone Health Outpatient Rehabilitation Center. 

Jennifer is also a certified Pilates instructor and massage therapist. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise and Nutrition Science from University of Buffalo, and earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Winston Salem State University in 2007.