Continued activity and exercise following lumbar fusion surgery, with the discretion of a physician or physical therapist, aids in recovery, explains Spine-health. Stretching promotes flexibility, and short walks prevent fatigue during the first week of recovery. Oxygen from a body in motion fuels blood circulation, which accelerates wound healing.
Doctors discourage exercises that require twisting or bending of the back and lifting, according to Dr. Matthew P. Cubbage, a spine surgeon in Houston, Texas. Abdominal exercises, and relaxation exercises that strengthen breathing techniques, build endurance during the recovery weeks following surgery, up to eight weeks after the procedure. Those in recovery then venture to exercises on stationary bikes and treadmills once adequate pelvic control is achieved.