Physical Therapy Improves Quality of Life for Patients Following Back Surgery

April 13, 2016 in Our News & Bulletins by Ideal Home Care

A recent study finds that physical therapist instructed exercises, along with patient education, plays an important role in the recovery process for individuals following lumbar microdiscectomy. This is one of the most common types of back surgery and is performed on patients who are experiencing a painful herniated disc. The research shows that individuals taking part in post-surgery exercise have less pain and demonstrate greater improvement in physical function. They also report an overall better quality of life.


The study included 98 participants who were randomly assigned to either an education only group or an education plus exercise group. Each individual was assessed both before and after intervention using a survey that measures quality of life, pain levels, and more. The education group attended a one-hour session where they were given instructions on how to care for their back after surgery. The second group received the same education as the first group and was also included in a physical therapist instructed exercise program, three times a week for 12 weeks. The program consisted of strength and endurance training for the back, trunk, and lower body and progressed in intensity based on each patient’s ability.


If you have recently had surgery and could benefit from an in-home exercise program administered by a physical therapist, give us a call. Medicare pays for 100% of allowable charges, and we can help ensure your optimal physical recovery with a specialized plan just for you.


Source: Beneck G, Popovich J, Selkowitz D, et al. Intensive, progressive exercise improves quality of life following lumbar microdiskectomy: a randomized controlled trial. Clinical Rehabilitation, 2014; 28 (9): 892-901.

Exercise After Back Surgery

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