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Work after Surgery

I had a fusion on my neck c4-7 October 3 2013, just recently returned to work as the bosses wouldnt allow me since my job is physical., my problem is this, even with all the exercises I do, my neck keeps drooping forward, my job is a very physical one & I do have to do a lot of looking down to sort mail. I am wondering to keep my neck from drooping to the front should I not be looking down if at all possible? I hope this doesnt sound like a silly question to anyone.
c4-c7 fusion & cadaver bone October 3 2013


  • Did you talk to your doctor about this? Are you in pain when then neck droops? If so, I would be on the phone with my surgeon ASAP! :) Let us know.
    Olivia Douglass
    MIS TLIF L5/S1 on 5/1/13

  • Welcome to Spine Health.
    I am assuming that your surgery was on October 3rd 2012.
    I had a neck fusion, ACDF of C3/4/5 in November last year, so shortly after you.

    I returned to work on 25th February but have since left due to lack of support from my boss rather than problems from my surgery.

    I am wondering the same as Olivia (odouglass) above. Have you talked to your surgeon about this?

    Was your dropped head there at all before your surgery, or has it appeared since your surgery?
    I do think that you need to talk to your surgeon. He will have the best idea of why this has happened and also how it should be treated.

    No question is a silly one.
    Please let us know what your surgeon says and how he plans to treat it so we can all learn from this.
    I don't think this is a common problem as I haven't heard of anyone else on this forum having this problem.

    I hope that you will succeed in your return to work, and that they will be supportive. :-)
  • Born2RunBBorn2Run Posts: 32
    edited 07/24/2013 - 10:24 AM
    I had a two level ACDF surgery on March 11, 2013. I am a teacher and was told I could probably return to work in 4-6 weeks. HA! I ended up having to be out until the end of the school year. It wasn't until the past month or two that I would consider myself pain free in that area. There is still some shoulder pain if I overuse it but then again, I am not (and haven't been) doing anything very physical since my surgery.

    Now, about the drooping neck, I have not experienced anything like that throughout my recovery. I would go to the doctor with this for sure.
    3/11/13 successful ACDF
    7/13 inconclusive discogram
    Currently in PT for lumbar pain
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