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.