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Afraid to move after ACDF!! No idea what's risky.

BuelaBBuela Posts: 67
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:59 AM in Recovering from Surgery
I had 2-level ACDF last Tuesday (6 days ago by the time you read this).

I have a huge amount of tension in my shoulders and I finally realized this evening that I'm afraid of moving too much -- It's not pain that's holding me back from doing what I'd normally do to relieve that (such as rolling my shoulders and doing some very soft stretching), it's that I'm afraid that I'm going to damage something by doing "too much."

But I also recognize that my fear level of "too much" is likely far different than reality - I know that I can and should be doing at lease some movement, including to relieve this.

So I'm hoping to get some words of wisdom about how to know when something's ok or not, certain types of movements that are more risky (even things like, should I avoid doing self-massage too close to the DF site?), and any good general guidelines for movement after an ACDF.


  • I barely moved my head at all pre op and post op, it wasn't until after 4 months of PT (post op) that I was able to move my head somewhat normally! My doctor told me no moving my head side for 2 weeks post op. Maybe you should call your doctors office and ask.

    Also a muscle relaxer may help you.
    ACDF C4-5 June 23rd, 2011

    Another surgery in the near future. I am 26 years old.

    Current Meds- Norco 7.5/325, Cymbalta 60mg, Gabapentin, Adderall 20mg
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