It is so important to protect the spine after surgery! Your surgeon will give you specific precautions (and maybe even a brace!), and likely will tell you to follow "BLT" with all mobility and functional tasks: NO Bending, NO Lifting, NO Twisting. Getting out of bed can be hard when you can't bend or twist! Use this log roll technique to maintain a straight spine. Of course if you've just had surgery and are strong enough, you can implement this technique on your own! But, if you are the helper, remember to always let them do as much as they can for themselves so they can get stronger faster!