I am/was an active 35 year old female. I am heading in for ACDF next Thrusday. I am looking for any all insight for pre- and post op care and expectations. I am eager to get back to being the active me, marathoner, skier, dancer, tennis player etc. We wouldn't be here if we weren't all active. I know this is going to be a trial of pain and patience. I have not been able to be active as I have symptoms of myelopathy. I plan to listen to my body and be patient.
Specifically, I wanted to know what exercise I can do post op when I am feeling up to it? I do not start pt for six weeks post op. This I assume is to strengthen my neck muscles. Before that time has anybody been able to start a low impact regimen? If so what was it?
Stationary bike with back support?
Upright Stationary bike?
Isometric strengthening that does not strain surgery sight?
Thank you all!