I was not prescribed PT by my surgeon, and was told its ok to do all my own exercises within my limits.
This is my self-prescribed PT at 16 days post op (Posterior Cervical Micro-D without fusion), let me know if its any good or not.
At the moment, I have started light swimming (I did around 600 metres today with 30 second rests between each 100m)
I am now doing weights every 48 hours in the gym, concentrating on the muscles that have atrophied. I have set all weights to roughly 40% of what I could do before the accident.
Plenty of walking everyday, this is almost pain free now although the arm goes a bit tingly and numb and heavy. I tried today for the first time to break into a jog, that lasted about 10 steps before it felt too much.
I apply ice a few times a day for around 15 minutes each time.
I have complete ROM in the neck, although some movements still trigger a dull pain down the shoulder and arm (it used to be a sharp pain, not sure what the dullness means?)
Coughing and sneezing is still pretty painful and can leave me with a sore aching arm for up to an hour afterwards.
Anyway, please let me know what you think about my "PT" regime. Is it adequate? How does it compare to one made by an actual Physical Therapist?
(29 year old male, peak physical condition before an accident resulted in large C5/6 herniation)