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Hi Everyone,

Its been 7 weeks since my ACDF C5-C6 and C6-C7 with Plate. I had an appointment with the surgeon today. He reviewed my X-rays and everything is in its proper place, the plate and screws look good and the bones are fusing. My incision looks good, I still have a little swelling and that will go away in time. I was relieved to hear all that.

Iím released to start Physical Therapy to build back my neck muscles. I can pretty much go back to my normal routine, except Iím not allowed to lift anything heavy, anything that will put strain on my neck and I should not play any impact sports like Football, Hockey or Sky diving. I will go back to see him in three months.

Iím really feeling great. All the pain is gone and most of the numbness in my left index finger is gone. I barely notice it now. The Dr said the numbness may take months to go away. I donít have to wear my soft collar while driving. I was a little nervous driving without it but after a few miles I gained my confidence back.

Iím glad to hear everyone who recently had surgery is doing fine. Time will fly by. I canít believe its been 7 weeks.

Yeah!!!!!!!!! Cheers to you. Seems like you are really doing great. I am 8 weeks post op and go back to the dr tomorrow, sure he will release me for work then. I have many problems since the surgery but not the ones I went in for, different ones have popped up but these I will keep to myself. No more tests or hospials surgeries what ever for me. Work will probably really be out of the question but am gonna try for a few days cause I miss it and my coworkers. Just in the mornings when I get up it is so hard to walk or stand up straight, feels as if hit by a truck.
You keep getting better.
Leo, it's great to hear your progressing so well! That first drive without a brace must have been scary, but I'm sure you are thrilled to have your freedom restored.

Sky diving? The mental picture of one of us post-brace doing that boggles the mind!

Glad to hear the numbness is disappearing faster than expected. While it is a lot more tolerable than the pain, it is a constant reminder of the injury, isn't it? Continued good fortune!

I'm sorry to hear you are having other problems. I hope you feel better soon. Keep the positive attitude. Every day will get better. Take good care of yourself.


Hope you are getting better everyday. Yes, the numbness is a good reminder of what I went thru. I'm a very active person and I have to be real careful not to over do myself. I wouldn't dream of jumping out of a perfectly good airplane. LOL

Hugs to Both,
Hi Leo,

It's great hearing from you. I'm glad you're doing so well. I know my neck muscles are getting weak, I've been in this collar over 3 months now. My next appointment is the 17th so I wonder what's going to happen next. What did he recommend for therapy? I'm just curious.

I'm sure driving felt good. I can't wait!

Thanks for the update!

Hi Linda,

I'm not sure what I will be doing for therapy. The nurse is in the process of scheduling me at a Physical Therapist. I hope to start by next week.

It sure is nice to drive without the soft collar. I still plan on taking it easy for a while. I've been walking 3 miles every night. I'm getting some of my stamina back.

I'll keep you posted.
Hi Everyone,

Its been 9 weeks post op and I just started Physical Therapy today. Pretty much the same as Linda's. I got heat applied, ultrasound, massage and he showed me some exercises using 2 and 5 lb weights. The Therapist said I had weakness and loss of muscle tone on the left side.

I'm really starting to feel like my normal self. The pain is gone and I still have a little bit of numbness in my left index finger. Some days I don't notice it. I'm sure the PT will take care of the muscle stiffness in my neck and shoulder blades.

I hope everyone is doing well.

Davy, Take good care of you wife and I hope you can tolerate your pain until your upcoming operation.

Hugs to All,
Hi Leo and ALL,

Leo, you are sure making good headway in your recovery,I am so very pleased for you.
Thank you also for your kind words and regards, "Much Appreciated"
You know, and I think I speak for most of us if not all, this site has been a god-send in that it has helped so much in the past months and i am sure will help in the future (I know this) to keep each of us bolstered moraly and also spiritualy. Thanks to and more importantly, thanks to all of you the faceless friends from all corners of the globe who unselfishly give their time and consideration and love.

God Bless and Love to ALL,

Hi Leo,

I'm so happy you got started! I've gone 3 times now and it *IS* helping. I noticed while I was driving to my appointment today that I could merge onto the highway a little easier. She said I still have spasms, but they're not as bad as they were.

I don't know about you, Leo, but I felt kind of tired this week. Or maybe it's those massages relaxing me. The first time I went, I came home and spent the afternoon on the couch!

You sound so great! And I'm very happy for you!


You are 100% right right, this Message Board has really helped me emotionally. Its always nice to hear from everyone and how they are doing. It would be nice to meet someday.


The PT really didn't make me feel tired, but it did relax me. I almost fell asleep while they were applying the heat to my neck. I spent today working on projects around the house. Its nice to get back into the swing of things. I've driven in Tx, mostly in Dallas and San Antonio, I know what you mean about merging into traffic.

I hope everyone has a wonderful 4th of July.

I've found this thread pretty interesting. I asked before surgery if I would get PT when the collar came off, and both surgeons I spoke with basically said NO. At least the surgeon who operated did indicate that occasionally people will be sent to PT "if they need it".

So those of you going through PT after shedding the collar, please let us know if you felt it was worthwhile. If so, I will probably lobby to get some when the time comes. Anything that makes me stronger and more flexible means less likelihood of going through this again, and that is definitely a worthwhile pursuit.

At first my surgeon said I really don't need it, but I told him I would feel more comfortable if I went to Physical Therapist so they could show me the correct excercises to strenghten my neck muscles. He finally agreed it would be a good idea and wrote me a prescription for PT. I really think its going to help me in the long run. I am currently using 2 and 5 lb weights to strength my shoulders, biceps and triceps.

I would be persistent until the surgeon gives you the OK, especially if PT is covered by your insurance.

I'll keep you posted. I'm glad to hear that you are doing well. Walking really helped gain my strength early in the recovery period.

I as well hope that PT works for all who are going thru it. I went to PT after my first neck surgery, and it made my situation worse.

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