3 Things to Relieve Pain as You’re Waiting for Surgery
If your doctor has recommended surgery for a back or neck injury or to relieve back or neck pain, you might need to schedule the procedure a few days, or even weeks, in advance. This will depend on the type of surgery and the intensity of the condition. In any case, you might experience pain or discomfort in the time leading up to your surgery. Fortunately there are ways to help relieve pain and get your body ready for surgery.
Reduce Activity Level
Try not to strain or overextend any muscles or joints to eliminate further discomfort. Avoid heavy lifting, bending, or twisting if at all possible. Inform family and friends that you may need their help with things that require lifting or bending during the time leading up to your surgery. The last thing you want is to injure yourself and require even more treatment. Your doctor can teach you about what types of activities are at a decreased risk of injury, and which might need to be avoided until you are fully recovered.
Take Medications as Prescribed or Suggested by Your Doctor
Taking medications in the weeks or days leading up to your surgery might be recommended by your doctor. Your doctor may prescribe you specific medications or you may be instructed to take anti-inflammatory medications such as Aleve, or muscle relaxers if you have been written a prescription.
Take Care of Your Muscles and Joints with Stretches
Stretching is always a good thing for the body, and before you undergo any type of surgery you want to make sure your body is as ready as it can be. Take good care of your lower back, hips, and legs by practicing low impact exercise like yoga (be sure to talk with your doctor about which yoga poses are best and have the least risk for injury), and ask about the benefits of physical therapy which might be recommended before and after surgery. Getting a deep tissue massage is another way you can take care of your muscles and loosen any tightness in different areas. Not only is massage great for the body, but it can be great for the mind as well as you prepare mentally and physically for your surgery.
Have an Open Discussion with Your Doctor
In some cases, your doctor may want to try a few other types of treatments before a decision to perform surgery is made. Have a discussion with your doctor about ways to keep track of the progress of your condition and if surgery is still necessary, depending on the medical advice your doctor recommends. Make an appointment with Dr. Fayaz and begin your journey to living pain-free!