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Long Lasting pain

I had a three level acdf about fifteen months ago. About two days after the followup xray was taken I attempted to get into a small car. I am quite tall and I seemed to have strained something in my neck as I entered. As time has passed, my neck has become more and more stiff and resistant to turning. Pain on the right side is now a constant companion and gets worse as my activity level increases. Should I be concerned that the fusion may have been affected due to the stress of my neck being strained as I entered the small car? What type of test will determine if a problem has arisen? Can an MRI be done in the area now that the titanium plate and screws are in place?

Thanks in advance for any comments.


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,833
    A few observations....

    (1) Whenever a person has a cervical surgery, they always need to make sure that the surrounding neck muscles are conditions. If not, there can be a tremendous pull one side to the other which will cause pain and discomfort

    (2) When a patient is far beyond the actual cervical surgery, the fusion has already taken place and has begun to act is if nothing every happened. But it is the muscles and tendons that need the attention.

    (3) There are a number of direct cervical surgeries that can be done in the shower that can help reduce the problem.

    I can not tell you how many times I;ve yanked/pulled/twised/bent/stretch my cervical area and for the 3 ACDFs with titanium plates and crews that has never been a problem.

    What has caused my problems in the past where the underlying muscles and tendons. If you keep them strong, you automatically reduce the chances of ongoing problems.

    BUT, the most important thing you need to take in from here, is to talk this over with your surgeon. Find out what they
    believe to be the problem and what you can do about it.

    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • Dan,
    At which follow up did you strain your neck (12 week, 6 month, year, etc)? Had you had x-rays to determine whether or not you were fused? How long ago was that?
    If you've had significant pain for months, I would contact your surgeon and maybe they can do a CT Scan. From my understanding (but I'm not an expert), you shouldn't have an MRI if you have a significant amount of hardware.
    Hand in there!
    April 2011 C1-C2 Fusion (Brooks wiring)
    January 2012 C1-C2 Revision Fusion (Harms Technique)
    2010 - current: Trigger Point Injections, Epidural Injections, Bilateral C2-C3 Radiofrequency Ablations
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