Following treatment for brain, spine and nervous system conditions, follow-up care will vary. The need for aftercare depends on many issues regarding your specific situation:

  • Your age and overall health
  • How serious the condition is
  • Whether symptoms require ongoing management
  • The severity of side effects or complications related to either condition or treatment

Symptom Management

Many brain and spine conditions are long-term issues that require ongoing care. For example, migraine headaches, back pain and Alzheimer’s disease may all improve with treatment, but not be cured.

Different ways to manage symptoms include:

  • Prioritizing physical and mental health, including avoiding potential triggers
  • Exercising regularly and eating a nutritious diet
  • Taking any recommended medications as needed
  • Keeping all scheduled appointments with healthcare providers

Understanding more about your condition is another important way that you can take charge of your health.

Recovery after Cancer Treatment

Some brain and spine conditions are cancerous or develop as a result of cancer. Cancer treatments can be hard on the body physically, and a cancer diagnosis can be emotionally stressful as well. If undergoing treatment for cancer in the brain or spine, it’s important to slow down and focus on good health. Be sure to get plenty of sleep and eat well. Many cancer survivors and people with cancer find it helpful to join a cancer support group, so they can become part of a community that better understands what they’re going through.

Recovery after a Stroke

Ascension Seton offers a stroke support group that is open to all stroke survivors, including those who may still be hospitalized, families, and caregivers. This support group allows an increased level of understanding, and community of people also navigating the challenges of surviving a stroke.


With or without surgery, a number of brain and spine conditions will require some type of rehabilitation. These programs are designed to help improve quality of life, as well as improve physical strength and flexibility. In the case of spinal cord injury, physical therapy is essential for optimum health.

Rehabilitation can also include exercises to retrain the mind following treatment for certain brain conditions, surgery on the brain and some nervous system conditions. This is called neurorehabilitation.