recoveryRecovery from spine motion preservation will take less time and be less cumbersome than in the case of a formal surgery. However, spine motion preservation recovery can still be lengthy and taxing if not managed properly. Follow these four tips for managing your spine motion preservation recovery.

1. Exercise as advised. Exercise should be reintroduced to the body soon after any spine motion preservation procedure. Stiffness is a common ailment for spine fusion patients and anyone with degenerative disc disease, stenosis, or spondylolisthesis. However, too much exercise or exercise of the wrong type can be potentially hazardous for recovery. Follow doctors’ orders and commit to recovery by staying in motion the right way.

2. Avoid alcohol and cigarettes. A cinch for some and a big obstacle for others, avoidance of alcohol and cigarettes can greatly improve recovery time and inversely, use of cigarettes and alcohol during recovery can completely nullify the recovery process, in certain circumstances.

3. Use medication properly. Also a no-brainer for most patients, but worth repeating: medication is not to be tampered with. Doctors err on the side of preventing dependency, but no one can recover with pain looming, so be sure to communicate.

4. Rest as directed. Stress can damage a sensitive spine quicker than almost any other injury type. Resting physically and psychologically as directed can ensure optimal recovery.