The cervical spine treatment after surgery is a must for patients who have undergone cervical spine treatment. Our spine is made of 24 bones in that are separated by shock-absorbing discs. These discs are cushion-like that helps us to bend and move our back. This surgery is performed to relieve any pain, sore, numbness and deformation on the spine. Those who suffer from major nerve-system dysfunction are also required to receive the treatment. It will take for up to one year for a cervical spine treatment patient to recuperate after the surgery.
The most important thing that every patient of the cervical spine surgery needs to remember is to take as much rest as they can in order for their body to heal completely. After the surgery, certain sore and aches will appear all over their body especially their back. This is because the surgery is performed on our spine where our spinal cord is and since the nerves in our body are branched out from our spinal cord, it causes our body to ache all over. Since the body tires after the cervical spine surgery it is better for the patient to get a good rest especially right after the surgery.
After the surgery, every patient is require to practice a certain form of exercise with every part of their body in order for them to move about like before the treatment took place. Usually, the doctors will provide a variety of therapeutic exercises for the patients depending on their stage of recovery. Patients are also required to do breathing and practice body mechanics such as walking, sitting and standing. If the patient performs the right exercise, the chances for the spine to heal faster are much better.
As it can take up to one year for a patient who has undergone cervical spine surgery, it is best to avoid vigorous sports such as basketball, football, or hockey during this time. This is because it may aggravate the issue further, or complications may arise as many sports involve a lot of movement or involve bending, tackling, or pushing opponents. What could be worse than almost recovering from the surgery, only to need it again because you were tackled and landed in a bad angle?
Nutrition after surgery
A good diet will also help to recover from the surgery. Normally, patients are not allowed to eat oily food. An approved healthy diet requires the patient to consume as much vegetables and fruits as possible. It will be hard for the patients to try and consume food because of the sore from the surgery. That is most probably the reason why doctors constantly advised their patients to consume as much ginger or beans as possible to ease out the wind inside their body. Oily food slows down healing process of the wounds on the inner and outer body. Patients are also required to consume a balance diet of protein and calcium to help strengthen their bones.
Prescription medication will be provided by the respective doctors. Patients will be given prescription of pain killers. However certain patients will be given non-steroidal medications as it will interfere with the healing of the bones. Doctors will also recommend home remedies such as lying with a pillow under the knee to help with the nerves, as well as applying an ice pack or a warm cloth on the back or the shoulders to reduce soreness. Patients are also advised by the doctors to consume certain supplements such as calcium and vitamin supplements.
Visiting the doctor
Regular or periodic visits with their doctor are a must for every patient. This helps to figure out the healing stage of their body after surgery. X-rays and minimal reflex exercise perform by the doctor can determine the healing stages of the spine. It is much more advisable to consult the same doctor before, during and after surgery as he has a better understanding of your body. Missing a consultation might cause some complications especially at the early stages after surgery.
Cervical spine treatment has many complications and risks as it deals greatly with a persons’ spine and spinal cord. If the spinal cord is mistreated during surgery, it can cause a permanent damage and paralyzed the patients’ nerve-systems. However, the complications after surgery are much worse. Those who have undergone spinal treatment need to be patient with the healing process. A balanced lifestyle can help to achieve faster recovery.
Patients are required to exercise regularly, consume a healthy and balanced diet, consult their doctor periodically, be very careful with their medications and most importantly rest as much as needed during recuperation. Research has proven that normal spine treatment patients requires a steady mental support system so family support and love are very crucial for the patient to be able to recover faster.