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Recovery after cervical surgery

police340ppolice340 Posts: 21
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:52 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery

This is my first post here. Two and a half years ago i had anterior fusion with instrumentation on C4-5, I believe. i really should know this but i don't. I recovered from that fairly easily with some limited range of motion.

Six weeks ago I had another cervical surgery, this time posterior with fusion and instrumentation on C4-C6.

I still have a lot of pain that seems to be muscular. I am better after getting up than i am after doing some work or later in the day. Does anyone seem to think this is normal? The surgeon says he moved a lot of strong neck muscles to get to where he had and it will take time. Sitting at the computer right now is bothering me and i have to go back to work in two weeks, sitting at the computer.

I am also concerned about my range of motion backwards. Right now i have to arch my back, sticking my stomach out to finish a drink. Will this return to normal or at least normal?

Thanks much,


  • First let me say welcome to spine-health. You have discovered posterior surgery versus anterior surgery. The pain and issues from the posterior approach take longer to recover from. To me the muscle relaxers were most important. Have you tried any message therapy, to loosen the muscles up some. Also do you have a tens unit to help out? As far as the range of motion only time will tell, but I think it is going to depend on the recovery of the muscles. One thing for sure about going back to work is that make sure your monitor setup is appropriate.

    Just thought I would stop by and welcome you to spine-health. Look forward to reading more post. Keep us posted.
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