C5-7 ACDF pending. Can anyone tell me the earliest one can return to work on limited duty? I work as a nurse, so I know that returning to work without restrictions at 4 weeks would probably be an unrealistic goal. I don't smoke, drink and my normal routine includes Bowflex home gym and treadclimber and Power 90. I live an active lifestyle of kayaking, golfing, fishing and enjoying all life has to offer in the great Adirondack Mountains during all seasons. How long does one have to wear the neck brace and when is the soonest PT can start?