Physiotherapy (also known as Physical Therapy) can
form a critical part in recovery from certain conditions.
Mr. D'Urso will advise for what conditions and surgeries
this is relevant. When recovering from back surgery,
your physiotherapist will assist you with getting out
of bed and moving around as normal. They will also assist
you with an exercise routine to assist in rehabilitating
Physiotherapy is an important treatment option for
most back pain sufferers. A physiotherapist is trained
to carry out Mr. D'Urso's orders to stretch, strengthen,
and exercise your back in a safe and effective way.
It is important that physiotherapy is coupled with education,
so that patients can be empowered to take charge of
their own recovery.
Physiotherapists are trained to give instruction on
posture, educate patients about basic anatomy and physiology,
and instruct patients in body mechanics, stretching,
strengthening and conditioning exercises. The physiotherapist
also works with Mr. D'Urso or your local doctor to determine
if other types of treatments including ultrasound, heat,
diathermy, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation
(TENS), electrical stimulation, hydrotherapy, massage
or spinal manipulation may be indicated.
What should you expect from a visit to the physiotherapist?
The physiotherapist will do an evaluation and will
determine if there are any joint limitations or muscle
weakness as well as pinpointing the pain distribution
in your back. Heat therapy and massage, as well as ultrasound
may be used to ease back pain. In the past these types
of treatments, which demanded little from the patient,
and soothed the pain were used as the mainstay of treatment.
Unfortunately, while these "modalities," as
they are called by physiotherapists, feel good at the
time, the pain relief produced by massage and ultrasound
treatments are often only temporary.
More recently physioherapists have demanded physical
activity from their patients, which may cause minor
pain at the beginning of the course of treatment, but
has longer lasting therapeutic effects: strengthening
the back and relieving pain in the long run. Physiotherapists
that treat patients with movement, exercise, strengthening
and conditioning, encouraging gradual increase in activity,
are usually the most successful.
Mr. D'Urso also has a exercise regime for you to follow
to help rehabilitate your back.
here to see the Physiotherapy routine for back surgery
here for more information on post-operative exercises
for week 5 to 14