I am approximately a month into my recovery from ACDF surgery at C5/C6. I was told that the surgery was to take care of the spinal cord compression and the nerve root compression and hopefully the pain would follow. I had no expectations that the pain would be gone just that it would be lessened. I was fine with that. I am hoping that the surgeon will continue to help me reduce the pain. For those of you that have had ACDF in the past or are still recovering, when did they order physical therapy for you? I just want to improve my quality of life. I don't want to be dependent on pain relievers all the time.