The back and spine play an integral role in a wide range of movements and functions, so any type of back injury can have a significant impact on a person’s day-to-day capabilities. Back injuries can cause a great deal of physical pain and discomfort, can significantly reduce a person’s range of motion, and may make certain movements difficult. At Orthopaedic Specialists of Austin we offer a number of treatments for back injuries, including minimally invasive spine surgery that addresses injuries while reducing the damage, scarring, and recovery associated with traditional surgical treatments. Even with minimally invasive treatment, patients should understand that restoring strength and flexibility after a back injury is a gradual process. Rehabilitation after a back injury allows our Austin, TX patients to gradually improve strength and flexibility and restore a better quality of life.
Rehabilitation is vital to successfully recovering from a back injury or back surgery. Even if a specific problem is corrected through surgery or other means of spinal treatment, it is not safe to jump back into a strenuous physical routine without first reconditioning the tendons, ligaments, and muscles of the back. Rehabilitation allows patients to gradually stretch the tendons, ligaments, and muscles; rebuild strength; and avoid (or minimize) the recurrence of back pain.
Three types of muscles support the spine: extensors, flexors, and obliques. Properly strengthening and stretching these muscles without pushing the body too far, or causing additional damage, requires a great deal of experience and expertise. For this reason, we always recommend that patients work with a trained and licensed professional during their rehabilitation process. This may include a physical therapist, an occupational therapist, a chiropractic physician, a physiatrist, or any combination of these specialists.
Rehabilitation specialists can assist patients through the three primary aspects of rehabilitation: stretching, strengthening, and aerobic conditioning. Professionals in the field of rehabilitation will create an exercise routine that is appropriate for each patient and will provide instruction to ensure that patients are trained in the proper technique and form to execute these exercises safely. Below is a brief explanation of these three areas of rehabilitation:
Chronic back pain severely impacts a person’s day-to-day life and limits their physical capabilities. If you are looking for treatment for severe back pain, the doctors at Orthopaedic Specialists of Austin can help. Contact us at your earliest convenience to learn more about our full range of spine treatments.