Your child will become tired very easily in the first few weeks after coming home from the hospital.
Your child may be very uncomfortable and need help getting around.
Encourage your child to move slowly when getting up. Avoid sudden movements and do not allow your child to bend or twist their back.
Encourage your child to slowly increase their daily activities. This includes sitting a little longer in a chair or walking a little farther each day.
Encourage frequent rest periods during the day.
Have your child stand slowly and adjust to any changes in balance before walking.
Children or teens with conditions that do not allow them to walk should be positioned in a reclining wheelchair. Elevate the head of the chair as tolerated.
Please talk with your orthopedic team before starting a new activity! Your child should not do anything that will cause more than just a little pain.
Depending on your surgeon, your child may be scheduled for physical therapy after surgery.
Motions that make your child twist, bend at the waist, or are jarring may hurt at first. Encourage your child to bend their knees to stoop or reach something on the floor. This way, they use their leg muscles rather than their back muscles.