Sometimes surgery is inevitable. There are times that conservative care cannot heal an injury and surgery may be necessary. However, just because you are getting surgery does not mean it won’t require work on your end.
Research has shown the stronger and more prepared someone is going into surgery the better the outcome. Surgery, although done with good objectives, can wreak havoc on all the surrounding muscles and joints. Therefore, post-surgical rehabilitation is extremely important. Without proper rehabilitation (aka rehab) the area on which surgery was performed can become just as, if not more, sensitive than prior to the surgery. Additionally, people may also skip or stop performing their post-surgical rehab because it seems boring or not germane to doing the activities they care about.
Dr. Westover asks every patient, what is your Back2 goal? Meaning, what activities, if given the opportunity, would you get Back2? He takes this knowledge and structures a rehabilitation program with your personal Back2 goals to be better than you were before you got injured.