Recovering from an Injured Back

Young man is bent over her tablet in his office,seating on kneeling chair. Bat sitting posture at woOne thing an orthopedic doctor hates to see is return visits, at least any more than necessary.  It’s not that they don’t like you!  Repeat visits usually mean something’s gone wrong in a recovery, and that’s bad news for everyone.

Recovering from an injured back is no simple matter, especially if it’s in any way related to your spine.  This is one of the most critical areas of the body, in terms of allowing a person to function normally.

Here are a few things we’ve seen that we strongly recommend our patients avoid doing after back injuries.

What To Avoid When Recovering From Back Injuries

 Not communicating pain levels

Honestly, we get it.  No one likes talking about their pain unless they’re a classic country singer.  However, it’s absolutely critical to keep your doctor informed about your pain levels during a recovery.  

Pain may be something to be “fought through” during training, but not during recovery.  Be open and honest about the pain, its intensity, and its location.  That’s actually some of the best information your orthopedic doctor can get about your progress.

Bad posture

Unless your doctor says otherwise, keeping your spine straight with good posture can help significantly in a recovery.  It’s good practice in general for fitness, but during recovery, don’t slouch and avoid sitting in ways that put pressure on the back.

Pushing too hard

Yes, it gets annoying having to ask people to pick up things and (in some cases) not being able to grab items above your head.  However, a surprising number of the relapses we see come from people doing the most common everyday things, but before their back was ready.

Also, do not attempt any sports training beyond what your orthopedic doctor has specifically approved.  Even if you’re itching for some action, too much physical activity too soon can create new back injuries far worse than the original one.  

Take It Easy When Recovering From Back Problems

Recovery needs to be taken as seriously as training.  Let your body heal and keep in good communication with our orthopedic doctors at Specialty Orthopaedic Surgery. 

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