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How long does it take to fully recover from spinal fusion?

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It could take 6 months to a year for your back to fully heal. You need to stick with physical therapy after you leave the hospital. Your doctor will tell you how often you need to go. To protect your back as you get better, avoid twisting, bending, and heavy lifting during the first 6 months.

From: What Is Spinal Fusion? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Handout on Health: Back Pain."

USCF Medical Center: "Spinal Fusion for Scoliosis."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Spinal Fusion."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Adult Spondylolisthesis in the Low Back."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Osteoporosis and Spinal Fractures."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Fractures of the Thoracic and Lumbar Spine.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Questions and Answers About Spinal Stenosis.”

Mayfield Clinic: “Degenerative disk disease (DDD).”

Mayfield Clinic: “Spinal fractures.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “What Is Scoliosis?”

Cleveland Clinic: “Spondylolisthesis.”

Mayfield Clinic: “Preparing for lumbar spinal fusion.”

Kaiser PermanenteP: "Spinal Surgery Handbook."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Preparing for Low Back Surgery.”

Spine Institute of New York: “Post-operative.”

Mater Private Hospital Brisbane: "Spinal care following surgery."

Hospital for Special Surgery: "Your Pathway to Recovery: Spine Surgery."

Reviewed by David Zelman on January 08, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Handout on Health: Back Pain."

USCF Medical Center: "Spinal Fusion for Scoliosis."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Spinal Fusion."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Adult Spondylolisthesis in the Low Back."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Osteoporosis and Spinal Fractures."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Fractures of the Thoracic and Lumbar Spine.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Questions and Answers About Spinal Stenosis.”

Mayfield Clinic: “Degenerative disk disease (DDD).”

Mayfield Clinic: “Spinal fractures.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “What Is Scoliosis?”

Cleveland Clinic: “Spondylolisthesis.”

Mayfield Clinic: “Preparing for lumbar spinal fusion.”

Kaiser PermanenteP: "Spinal Surgery Handbook."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Preparing for Low Back Surgery.”

Spine Institute of New York: “Post-operative.”

Mater Private Hospital Brisbane: "Spinal care following surgery."

Hospital for Special Surgery: "Your Pathway to Recovery: Spine Surgery."

Reviewed by David Zelman on January 08, 2018

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