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Spine Center: Rehabilitation & Recovery

After your spine surgery at Denver's Swedish Medical Center, our team of back pain experts will help you recover and rehabilitate to get you back to the activities you enjoy!

You will receive therapy/rehabilitation assistance to help restore your strength, decrease swelling and pain, and promote your return to being comfortable again with functional activities like walking, bathing, dressing and grooming.

A carefully developed therapy program will be determined by your physical and occupational therapists and approved by your surgeon.

Your therapy will initially take place in your hospital room. You will be getting out of bed under the guidance of a therapist or nurse soon after your surgery, usually the same day. The first step will be just to stand at the bedside or to sit in a chair. Then, you will begin walking with a walker. After you gain more strength, you may be transitioned to crutches or a cane. Eventually, most people can walk without any assistive device.