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Posted in: Back pain, and Physical therapy.


Started by Jenn0103 on 03/27/2018 10:08am

I had a lamenectony on Jan 22 on L5-S1. I have been going to physical therapy 3x a week since then. My back will not stop hurting. It feels like it is ripping apart. When will this stop?

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Hi, Jenn0103--thank you for your question!

Recovery times for spine surgery vary, and one of the factors that plays into that is whether you have a traditional (or open) procedure or a minimally invasive one. Minimally invasive surgeries tend to have shorter recovery times, but that doesn't diminish the fact that it's still spine surgery--it's a major operation that may take many months or upwards of a year to fully recover.

The first few weeks and months of recovery can be challenging and painful. You no doubt have some follow-up appointments scheduled with your surgeon to make sure your recovery is going as planned, but that's doesn't mean you can't contact him or her beforehand with concerns. If your back pain is severe or if new symptoms arise, we recommend calling your surgeon to see if you should come in.

We think it's excellent you're going to PT regularly, which is great for strengthening your back during this trying recovery phase. If you keep up with that, in addition to following your surgeon's post-surgery instructions and being in touch if your pain becomes unmanageable, you're doing everything you can to ensure that your recovery is a success.

We hope this helps, and we wish you all the very best!