Month: March 2017

Physical Therapy after Spine Surgery

 

Dr Paul McDonough MD pic
Dr Paul McDonough MD
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As spine surgeon, Dr. Paul W. McDonough MD is the only fellowship trained spine surgeon between Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex and Lubbock, Texas. A graduate of UCLA Medicine School, Dr. Paul McDonough recommends physical therapy to patients who’ve had spine surgery.

After spine surgery, physical therapy is necessary to help patients maximize recovery. Many surgeons actually refer patients to physical therapy centers after surgery. This is because physical therapy strengthens the back muscles, reduces back pain, improves motion and flexibility in the hips and spine, and helps heal spine tissues. Physical therapy also helps strengthen the core muscles, removing pressure from the lower back.

A typical post-operation physical therapy rehabilitation process will start with the patient undergoing a physical evaluation to identify problem areas. Next, the therapist identifies motions that cause pain and then formulates manual exercise therapies that alleviate the pain. These exercises include body weight exercises, body ball exercises, aerobics, and resistance training. These are performed in the presence and direction of qualified physical therapists. Therapists may also recommend other treatment methods such as massage therapy, electric simulation, and ice application.

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Importance of Maintaining Ideal Weight for Spine and Joint Issues

 

Maintaining Ideal Weight for Spine

A physician who performs spine surgeries exclusively, Paul W. McDonough, MD, is a respected presence in the Abilene, Texas, medical community. He is the only practitioner in his field with fellowship training in spine surgery between Lubbock and the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Maintaining a personalized approach to medicine, Dr. Paul McDonough educates patients about how weight loss and smoking cessation can improve post-surgical recovery and overall wellness.

The overweight and obese weight classifications have long been associated with elevated risk for a wide range of conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure, back pain, and osteoarthritis. Characterized by stiffness and joint pain, osteoarthritis can involve tenderness, swelling, and a grating sound when moving problematic joints.

Undergoing surgery that rebuilds or strengthens affected joints will not in and of itself solve the underlying issue. For those whose weight plays a role their joint issues, staying active and moving toward an optimal body weight are important steps in recovery and health maintenance after back surgery. Regular exercise, proper footwear, and weight reduction that reduces stress on the joints are important ways of minimizing reoccurrence of osteoarthritis.