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Discectomy Post-Op Protocol

IMMEDIATE POST OP:

Precautions:

  • No lifting
  • No trunk: flexion, extension, rotation or side bending
  • Limited sitting
  • Log roll out of bed

Exercises:

  • Pelvic tilts
  • Heel slides
  • Quad sets
  • Passive SLR
  • Gluteus maximus sets
  • Walking
WEEK 2:

Precautions:

  • Keep neutral spine
  • Lifting limit to 10-20 lbs (determined by MD)

Exercises:

  • Spinal stabilization exercises
  • Ambulation
  • Initiate HS stretches
WEEK 3:

Exercises:

  • Continue spine stabilizing exercises
  • Increase walking time
  • Body mechanics for trunk flexion
  • Quad stretch (sidelying)
  • Gluteus maximus sets
  • Ball exercises- if possible
WEEKS 4-6:

Exercises:

  • Wall squats
  • Lunges
  • Wall push ups –progress to regular push ups
  • Deep core exercises
  • All LE stretching
  • Back stretches
  • Treadmill
WEEKS 6-8:

Exercises:

  • Strengthening program
  • UE strength
  • Begin return to sport/work functional activities

Click here to download: Discectomy Protocol

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Jennifer Penrose

Penrose Physical Therapy

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