Your Back and Neck Pain – Preparing for Treatment

Health & Medical Blog

Back and neck pain can be debilitating. Years ago, the treatment options were limited and required far more extensive procedures and longer recovery times. Today, many conditions can be treated through a minimally invasive spine procedure. Below, you will find some tips to help you prepare for the recovery period following your procedure.

Ask Questions

Don't wait until the day of the procedure to ask your questions. The earlier you can begin preparing, the less stressful things will be for you as the procedure date approaches.

Ask the doctor about the weight limits, how long those weight limits will need to be followed, and about your ability to safely bend and reach. As well as things like how long it will be before you are permitted to drive again.

Pet Planning

Pets can be great when it comes to cuddling when you're not feeling well, but they can really make recovering from any procedure a little more complicated. Litter boxes, dog walks, or leaping puppies could all present a problem.

Set something up with a friend, family member, or neighbor to help with the animals in your household. This will ensure that you don't hurt yourself and that your pets are still receiving the care that they need.

Easy Living

Create a home environment of easy living. Bring as many things to waist level as possible. Think about your morning routine in the kitchen. Set your favorite mug out, load a bowl with your k-cups, put the dish-washing soap on top of the counter – having everything right there where you can easily access it will reduce the chance of bending and reaching causing injury or slowing recovery.

Do the same throughout every room of your home.


Your doctor will provide you with prescription medication to help manage the pain, but what about the other medications that can help?

Prepare for gas pains and constipation. A lot of pain medications do cause constipation and gas. Stock up on stool softeners, maybe a jug of prune juice, and anti-gas medication.

Before you add any new medication, check with your doctor or pharmacist to ensure they won't interact poorly.

These days, there's no reason to continue living with back pain. Minimally invasive spine procedures could be the answer to all of your problems. Don't allow the fear of the procedure keep you from taking your life back and learning to live without pain in your life each day.


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