I had an ACDF on C5-6 and posterior fusion and laminectomy on C4-C7 on June 30th with instrumentation. I am faithful about wearing the Miami J collar except for short periods of time while I am sitting in my recliner and my head is still!
Initially, when I would take my collar off to switch it with the plastic one for showering I felt like one of those bobbing dogs we use to see on dashboard of cars!!! But I can tell that my neck has gotten stronger.
I have no pain or mini-shocks like I had in my arms before the surgery. When I do too much I have some numbness in my fingers on left hand, but then once I sit and rest it goes away. I do feel pain in my upper shoulders from time to time but I think it's from trying to hold neck up and not stretching enough.
All in all I feel that my surgery was a success, although it has not been fun wearing the collar in south Louisiana heat!
I'm going next Monday for my 8 week post-op visit and X-rays. Is customary for doctors to prescribe physical therapy at this point? I feel like I need it to regain arm strength back. I have a hard time stretching one arm over to the other shoulder if I have an itch or something and have been restricted to carrying nothing heavier than a gallon of milk....but that's kinda heavy for more than just a minute or two.
I have been walking regularly and doing most tasks around my house (except for vacuuming or reaching too far or anything too labor intensive).
So anyone had a similar fusion that was followed up with physical therapy?? What kind of PT, how often, etc.? Any info would be much appreciated!