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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 your back.

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.

Click here to see the Physiotherapy routine for back surgery patients

Click here for more information on post-operative exercises for week 5 to 14