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over zealous massage - concerned about neck fusion

thedaisy1963tthedaisy1963 Posts: 6
edited 10/11/2014 - 1:11 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I had c6/c7 fusion 1.8 years ago; no issues; had chair massage last week; told the therapist i had had surgery and not to touch my neck. He pushed on my cervical spine and I now have what feels like swelling around the incision site. Concerned he broke or moved something ... have call in to doctor, but wondered if anyone can advise if something like this has happened ... and what was done to resolve ... as you can imagine ... scared, angry and concerned ... thank you


  • If the fusion is complete and solid, it is unlikely that he broke anything. It might be that he irritated the tissues along the incision site and that resulted in some swelling. It is a good idea though to have your surgeon check things out to be sure.

  • thedaisy1963tthedaisy1963 Posts: 6
    edited 10/11/2014 - 4:49 PM
    Thank you! Will rest on that assumption until I know otherwise :)
  • I'm two weeks out from the massage; dr appt next week; still swelling, spasm in muscles around acdf site. I'll reply with my findings, but for all out there, don't let anyone touch your neck; it's not worth the risk.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,839
    whenever I go for a Mani/Pedi. It hurts like hell when its being done and for about a day or so afterwards.

    And I had my last cervical surgery back in 2000

    But I do go to a Thai Massage specialist. He works on my entire body, including my neck. But he knows exactly what can be done and what can not. While his massages can be very painful, the benefit outweighs any pain
    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
  • thedaisy1963tthedaisy1963 Posts: 6
    edited 10/14/2014 - 7:23 AM
    glad to know you have someone who knows what they are doing ...and you get relief :) I'm wondering if by pressing on the back of the neck he pushed the hardware against the esophogas and (hopefully) just bruised it .... in looking at the anatomy, seems like that and/or loosening hardware would be possibilities
  • I have had massage and it has helped. However a massage therapist should respect where you're not comfortable with them touching, my therapist will lightly massage my neck around my fusions to break down scar tissue. Around my fusions like the sides of my neck. It's all about comfort. It is of to let your surgeon know how your feeling so that they can make the decision to look into it more or to wait. I hope you feel better!
  • just received this message from a doc on another forum .... fyi - while i am hopeful this is the case, when i swallow my pills, i feel them catch on something that feels hard (like a screw), and i still feel like something pressing on my neck right at incision site ..... trying to get in today for x-ray; will report back for others info ...

    If you had a solid fusion at C6-7, the massage therapist could not have affected this level with their hands. The therapist certainly could have stretched and bruised the muscles around the fusion and it is rare but not unheard of that forceful manipulation can herniate a disc at a different level.

    The screws and hardware should be stable and not affected by massage.
  • Just returned from the surgeon who worked me in; all hardware looking ok; thinks muscle spasm and will work itself out; ironic since i was getting a massage! for muscle spasm in shoulder .... such is my life ... happy to not be headed for surgery though ...
    best to all
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