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Spinal Conditions & How a Physio Can Help

26 November 2021

As with any type of musculoskeletal condition, many spinal conditions will benefit from regular sessions with a qualified physio. Spinal physiotherapy involves manual therapy, exercise programs and more. Subject to the advice of your specialist, it may be employed in conjunction with surgery and/or medication. Depending on your specific situation, it can lead to several positive outcomes, as outlined below.

Spinal Physio for Surgery Recovery

After undergoing spinal surgery, a patient’s priorities are to heal completely, retrain the muscles and joints so as to gain full benefit from the operation, and at the same time to protect the very sensitive area. A physiotherapist can assist with all of this. Indeed, through their training and experience, they will have a better idea than the patient does of what movements should and shouldn’t be done as part of the surgery rehabilitation. By visiting a physio for treatment, sticking to the personally tailored exercise program they provide you with and following their advice regarding best practices (for your back) in everyday life, you will ensure your recovery is as rapid as possible, with optimum gains in strength, stability, flexibility and mobility.

Spinal Physio for Condition Management/Improvement

A lot of the positive outcomes in the previous point also apply to spinal physiotherapy undertaken to manage and hopefully improve an existing condition. For those dealing with a condition, the expert therapy and instruction in corrective exercise they receive from their physio is likely to result in more normal movement and posture. It can also help make sleeping easier. It might even allow the person to discontinue using a brace. Perhaps most importantly, spinal physio targeting a condition should – given the necessary commitment to the treatment – stop it from worsening.

Spinal Physio for Relief of Pain, etc.

Rather than seeing their trusted physiotherapist after surgery or due to a specific condition, a patient may simply be seeking relief from pain or discomfort. Again, spinal physio (massage, stretches, exercises, etc.) can definitely help through strengthening key muscles, reducing unnecessary strain and promoting healthy movement. Of course, pain relief could have been added as yet another plus in the previous two points, but we felt it was worth devoting a separate section to since it is the number-one priority of many people with “bad backs”.

Spinal Physio for Future Problem Prevention

Those who’ve had spinal surgery want maximum benefit from the operation. They don’t want any good work undone, nor any complications. Those with spinal conditions are hoping the deterioration can be halted and even reversed. Those suffering serious spinal-related back pain are looking for both short- and long-term relief. Physiotherapists have these facts in mind at all times, which is why their spinal physio treatments are always geared towards preventing recurrences, complications or new problems. They ensure patients perform only safe exercises and form the right habits going forward.

Seeking Spinal Physio in Sydney?

The team at Glenhaven Physiotherapy has been providing high-quality, patient-focused therapy to Glenhaven and surrounding Sydney suburbs since 1991. We pride ourselves on professional development and continually stay up to date with the latest developments in the field. You can contact us by emailing , phoning (02) 9680 4960 or using the online enquiry form on our website.

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