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Post-Operative Back Exercises

This information is not intended to replace specific instructions from your physician. 

Check with your doctor to make sure these instructions apply to your case. 

  • Single knee to chest

    Single knee to chest back exercise illustration

    This exercise will help to limber and stretch your back muscles.

    • Lie flat on the floor with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor.
    • Raise one knee to your chest and hold for 5 seconds.
    • Repeat with the other leg.
    • Raise both legs to the chest at the same time.
    • Repeat this several times until your back is limber.
  • Partial curl-ups

     Partial curlups back exercise illustration

    This exercise will strengthen the muscles in your stomach.

    • Lie flat on your back with both knees bent and your feet flat on the floor.
    • Rest your arms across your chest or stomach.
    • Tighten your stomach muscles (feel the tightening with your hands), and lift your shoulder blades off.
  • Pelvic tilt

    Pelvic tilt back exercise illustration

    This exercise will help to strengthen the muscles in your back to maintain correct posture.

    • Lie flat on the floor with knees bent and feet flat.
    • Tighten the stomach muscles to flatten your back against the floor.
    • Hold for five seconds.
    • Repeat several times.
  • Gluteal sets

    Gluteal sets back exercise illustration

    This exercise will strengthen your buttock muscles and help to stabilize your back and pelvis.

    • Lie flat on the floor with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor.
    • Tighten your buttock muscles and hold for 5 seconds.
    • Be sure to keep your lower back flat on the floor.
    • Repeat 5 times.