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Pain following Posterior neck surgery

spousehelpersspousehelper Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:02 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
My wife had an anterior fusion in Nov. 2011 and a posterior fusion in April 2012.
I have read other folks entries on this site and have learned of the potential problem of atrophy of the posterior cervical muscles.
Can anyone suggest what can be done to prevent such atrophy and when atrophy preventing measures can first be taken?

I have also read about trigger point therapy that can be administered by anyone with some proper direction. Can anyone suggest a good source to read to guide me in performing trigger point therapy to relieve posterior neck pain post-surgery?


  • Some atrophy cannot be prevented if the root cause is denervation of the muscle. That generally does not happen, but then again all surgery cares that risk.

    The best thing I found for pain control post surgery was activity and distraction. Easy walks and lots of music on my iPod. Time ... it takes time to heal from posterior cervical surgery.

    Best wishes to your wife.

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