After Disc Surgery

After Disc Surgery

Having a problem with your back can mean it is not only difficult to move about freely but it can also be difficult to sleep and sit with ease.  Once a discs slips – or becomes herniated - this is when there is sciatic pain.  It can be quite distressing as it affects other parts of the body mainly the legs and buttocks.  Until the cause is identified as a slipped disc there can be time wasted trying to find out what is causing the problem with your legs.  There can be non-surgical treatment but in many cases there is the need for an operation

Life after Disc Surgery

The good news is that the improvement rate is high after disc surgery and it can be seen that although up to 90% of people who go under the knife will notice a great deal of improvement. However, there can be those who will not feel a great deal of benefit. Up to 12% of patients will go on to suffer a repeat of the slipped disc and again surgery will be the only option.

For people who have just had their surgery there will be a programme of physiotherapy put together and in general the patient will be advised to get back to normal as soon as they can. This will include going back to work unless the job is particularly strenuous and then this is something that will need to be discussed. Not all patients can be treated the same after disc surgery and it is not likely that a decision will be made within the first couple of days.

The age of the patient can be important when it comes to the treatment carried out after disc surgery, but in general those between 18 and 65 can be treated in the same way. Unless there is a concern that the operation has not improved the back complaint then activity should start within a couple of weeks. If there is a lasting problem it is best to wait for longer and make sure more damage is not being inflicted.

Assessing Treatment after Disc Surgery

When tests were carried out on patients who had undergone disc surgery the patients who were analysed started their treatment within 4 to 6 weeks of the procedure. The results can put patients into 3 categories and in all cases it showed that exercise worked.

  • Patients who exercised after disc surgery felt less pain than those who did not do any exercise.
  • The higher intensity the programme carried out, the less pain there was felt.
  • It made no difference to whether or not there was a specialised programme or just general exercise at home.

The one thing that was not proved as a result of the treatment after disc surgery was whether or not the exercise prevented the need for extra treatment. It did relieve the pain felt after the first operation but patients were just as likely to need a repeat operation regardless of whether or not they exercised.