Physiotherapy after lumbar disc surgery

Lumbar disc surgery physio

HCA UK experts explain how physiotherapy can be an important part of rehabilitation following lumbar disc surgery.

About treatment for spinal disc problems

The discs in between the vertebrae in the lower (lumbar) spine act like shock absorbers. If they become damaged, it can put pressure on the nerves in the spine, causing persistent pain.

If non-surgical treatment options don’t help, lumbar disc surgery can be effective. Afterwards, consultants often recommend physiotherapy to help with your recovery.

Need to know

  • What happens during lumbar disc surgery? icon plus

    Lumbar disc surgery is an endoscopic procedure, also known as keyhole surgery (laparoscopic surgery). It's a minimally invasive technique that's carried out through a tiny cut, usually using local anaesthetic.

    After surgery, it’s likely that a course of physiotherapy will be recommended to help reduce pain and improve your mobility.

    Our physiotherapists use the latest techniques and equipment to help you make the best recovery, improve your strength and reduce your risk of injuries. They will assess your muscle strength, posture, movement and coordination to help them decide on the best course of treatment.
  • How to prepare icon plus

    When you are preparing for surgery, your consultant will talk to you about how physiotherapy can benefit your recovery after the operation. You will usually start therapy as soon after surgery as you can.

    Your physiotherapist will devise a bespoke treatment plan. It could involve hands-on mobilisation, a technique aimed at addressing stiffness, pain and restoring normal, pain-free movement and massage.

    It will also usually involve simple exercises for you to do at home. These exercises are an important part of your rehabilitation programme, so your consultant will help you with these to ensure you are confident to do them safely on your own.
  • After surgery icon plus

    You'll usually have a course of physiotherapy treatment sessions, and your progress will be reviewed at each one to make sure you're heading in the right direction.

    Our specialist surgeons and physiotherapists work closely together to ensure they deliver the best combination of treatment for your needs. They are available to answer any questions or concerns you have.

Our spinal consultants

We're proud to work with leading spinal surgeons, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Supporting our surgeons are teams of nurses and physiotherapists who have experience in working with spinal patients during their recovery from lumbar disc surgery.

Our locations

From complex spinal surgery to diagnostic tests, procedures and musculoskeletal physiotherapy, we provide exceptional spinal care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Request a spinal appointment

We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced spinal consultants. We can also make imaging and outpatient physiotherapy appointments for you.

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020 7079 4344
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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