A recent study published in the pre-eminent journal Spine confirms that patients undergoing spinal decompression for stenosis had better outcomes if they participated in a rehabilitation exercise program.
This study was completed by the highly-respected Cochrane collaboration using a meta-analysis and systematic review. This research technique analyses and rates studies based on their quality and uses this rating to come to a scientifically supported consensus. Their conclusion was that the strength of the evidence supported post-operative therapy however it is best started at 12 weeks post-op and not at 6.
At The Orthopaedic Therapy Clinic our experience in working with post-operative patients concurs with these findings. For the first 12 weeks our program encourages light activity to allow sufficient tissue healing before engaging in a more intense therapy program.