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jonesdbjjonesdb Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:59 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Recovering from C5-6-7 two level ACDF on 22 November 2011. Only wore a soft collar occasionally, as directed, and have been walking 3-5 miles each day from 3 days after surgery. Recovery is very slow and full of "ups and downs". Don't feel myself and main pain is across right shoulder around behind my ear and across to the front of my head. Feels inflamed, but anti-inflamatories not possible during the fusing period. X-ray and follow-up in 4 weeks time. Has anyone else had the sort of pain & any suggestions on how to deal with it? I guess patience and taking it easy are a big part of the answer - I also take 8 x 100/8 cocodamol each day.

A period of great uncertainty!


  • It's too early to consider joint mobilization and manipulation in the traditional chiropractic sense. But there are other treatment modalities that a proper chiropractor could apply. Certainly, the electrical modalities (interferential, EMS, TENS) come to mind. Ultrasound might be worth considering. There are muscle treatments as well (trigger point, receptor tonus technique, isometric strengthening, Active Muscle Relaxion Technique)

    I am a chiropractor and I caution you when you choose a chiropractor. There are a lot of sub-par chiropractic physicians out there. Find a science based one. If it looks like he wants to wave eagle feathers and toss chicken bones, run down the street to the next chiropractor.
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