top of page

Speed Up Your Recovery and Get Results that Last with Physical Therapy After Lower Back Surgery

If lower back surgery is on the horizon, you may be wondering what to expect from your recovery and how you can make sure your progress lasts. Learn how post-surgical physical therapy after lower back surgery with Roscoe PT can help you recover quicker and get back to doing what you love! 

Recovering from lower back (lumbar) surgery can turn into a long and arduous process filled with challenges that you didn’t expect - but it doesn’t have to be that way. Those who participate in physical therapy treatment after lumbar surgery experience faster recovery times and better outcomes than those who decide not to. 

Rebuilding the strength and mobility in your back after lumbar surgery is one of the most important parts of a successful recovery. That’s why working with a physical therapist is essential if you want to see meaningful progress and improvements that last - and that’s where we come in!

Lower Back Surgery and Recovery

Whether it’s due to a herniated disc or complications from arthritis, back problems can leave you in a state of constant pain and discomfort, reducing your mobility and preventing you from doing what you love. This can seriously impact your quality of life and make it difficult to be hopeful about the future. 

But did you know that for some people, lower back surgery is one of the only options for improving physical health and reducing pain? It’s true - although lower back surgery is considered a last resort option for most people, it can be necessary and helpful.

The rehabilitation process after surgery can be physically and emotionally challenging, and it’s normal to feel some level of anxiety before and after your procedure. When you work with a physical therapist at Roscoe PT after your lower back surgery, you’re getting more than a clinician simply telling their patient what to do and sending them on their way - you’re getting the expert guidance and reassurance of someone you can trust, who’s there to answer your questions and listen to your concerns every step of the way. 

Lower Back Pain.jpg

Post-Surgical Physical Therapy After Lower Back Surgery

At Lumbar surgeries vary from person to person, and so should their recovery plans. Whether you're recovering from a lumbar fusion, microdiscectomy, lumbar laminectomy, or another type of lower back surgery, your care team at Roscoe PT will design a personalized treatment plan that meets you where you’re at and takes into account your personal goals and preferences.

Here are some of the key benefits you’ll experience when you choose to incorporate physical therapy as part of your recovery from lumbar surgery:

Natural pain management
Techniques such as manual therapy and gentle exercises help reduce swelling, improve your circulation, and promote healing near your surgical site. This leads to reduced pain and inflammation, without the use of medication. 

Improved strength
Through physical therapy exercises, the muscles in your lower back and legs will regain strength, alleviating stress and pressure on your spine and allowing it to support more weight as you move. 

Better flexibility
A common side effect of lumbar surgery is stiffness and inflexibility in the back. Your physical therapist will walk you through exercises that improve the range of motion and flexibility in your lower back, which also reduces pain caused by restrictions when you move. 

Training for important movements in everyday life
After lower back surgery, your body needs help getting used to everyday movements like bending over, squatting, twisting, and carrying things before you’re able to do these movements safely and confidently again. 

Preventing the development of movement compensations
Having the eyes of an expert is vital when it comes to catching movement compensation developments early. It’s normal to experience some pain and weakness in your lower back after lumbar surgery, but it can lead you to move in different ways that put extra stress on other parts of your body. 

Training for returning to work (or play)
Your treatment is personalized to fit your unique needs and set you up for a successful recovery, so your physical therapist will consider the ways you’ll need to move for work (or play) every day when they design your treatment plan.

A commitment to your recovery is a commitment to your future self. By sticking with your recovery, you’ll be able to reap the rewards and long-term benefits of physical therapy, and live a more fulfilling life along the way. With the ongoing help and guidance from a physical therapist at Roscoe PT you can see meaningful progress in a way that fits your lifestyle. We can’t wait to meet you!

Schedule A Call Today

If you’re preparing for lower back surgery and want to maximize your recovery experience, reach your goals easier, and see progress that lasts, then we’re ready to meet you at Roscoe!


Tel: 724-982-4266


Mon - Thurs:  7AM -  7PM

Fri: 7AM - 5PM

bottom of page