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Physical therapy is imperative in achieving early mobilization, thereby reducing morbidity of immobility such as venous thrombolic events, improving postoperative pain, and facilitating appropriate disposition among patients who have recently undergone spine surgery. At TJUH, patients undergoing elective spine surgery are planned to engage in physical therapy (PT) twice a day. There are however several impediments that may limit the ability of patients to adequately participate in PT.
patient safety, physical therapy, elective lumbar surgery, outcome assessment, postoperative care, spine surgery, modalities, exercise therapy, spinal fusion
Medicine and Health Sciences | Physical Therapy | Surgery
Hattar, MD, Ellina; Hufford, DPT, Kelly; Wilson, RN, Marie; and Harrop, James, "Optimizing Physical Therapy Sessions Among Patients Undergoing Elective Lumbar Surgery" (2018). House Staff Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Conference (2016-2019). Poster 82.