Office Location
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4735 Ogletown-Stanton Road
Suite 1104
Medical Arts Pavillion II
Newark, DE 19713

Phone: 302-738-1100
Fax: 302-738-0600
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Setting Expectations for Your Recovery

Recovery should be a slow but steady process of building strength and restoring movement. Knowing what to expect as you are recovering from back surgery will help to keep you from becoming frustrated or doing too much too soon. Patience and persistence are the keys!

  • During the First Few Weeks - During your first few weeks at home, you are likely to feel weak and tired at first. Your incision may be sore. You may also feel some pain, tingling, or numbness in your back or legs. All of these feelings are natural and to be expected as your body heals and grows stronger. They should decrease as your nerves heal. Do not become frustrated. Keep moving as much as you can without making your pain increase
  • Get Walking - Walking is the best exercise for you after back surgery. It strengthens your back and leg muscles, increases your endurance, and relieves stress. Begin by walking around the house. Build up to several walks a day. You may find it helpful to set a goal. Talk to your doctor or PT about setting a safe, realistic goal for yourself.
  • Don't Overdo It - Increased pain for more than 2 hours after an activity means you have done too much too soon. When you feel pain, slow down and pay more attention to your posture and movements. By about the sixth week after your surgery, you should be well on your way to healing. But continue to let pain be a warning to slow down.
  • Know When to Call Your Doctor - Call your doctor right away if you experience any of these symptoms:
    1. Persistent or severe pain, weakness, or numbness in your back or legs
    2. Drainage, swelling, or increased redness around your incision
    3. Difficulty breathing
    4. Problems controlling your bladder or bowels

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