How soon after surgery can you see a chiropractor?
A common question that we are often asked is how soon after surgery can I visit my chiropractor? In short, the answer varies based on the type of procedure that was performed and what region of your body is affected.
Minor surgeries, such as skin incisions or joint injections, do not require time away before being treated,
with very few exceptions.
If you have a more significant procedure, joint replacement surgery (hip, knee, etc.), your chiropractor will modify care to support your healing. For example, your doctor will avoid more forceful therapies, such as joint manipulation, and will instead consider stretching, passive and active mobilizations, and other soft-tissue therapies. These options can be incorporated right away and will aid in the rehabilitation of your injury.
After some spinal surgeries like spinal fusions, you may not be able to get adjusted in that area permanently. However, patients who had lumbar spine procedure can still receive treatment on an extremity or neck complaint. With other spinal surgeries that do not make adjustments contraindicated, care is usually not initiated until four to six weeks after the procedure is performed, and in some cases it may be up to three months. That said, there are many palliative measures that can be used to manage your pain and encourage proper biomechanics throughout your recovery. In our office electrical stimulation, stretches, rehabilitation exercises, and acupuncture might be used.
Heart or Abdominal surgeries
Heart and abdominal surgeries (Including a c-section) require the greatest amount of time before chiropractic care should be considered. Generally, care is not initiated until at least four to six weeks after the procedure is performed, and in some cases it may be up to three months. That said, there are many palliative measures that can be used to manage your pain and encourage proper biomechanics throughout your recovery. Also, patients who had an abdominal procedure can still receive treatment on an extremity or neck complaint.
If you ever have any concerns or are unsure if chiropractic care is appropriate for you, do your research in finding a medical minded chiropractor and have a thorough exam before any treatments. They can talk to you about your treatment options and determine if you are far enough into the healing processes to begin additional care.