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C-2 / C-3 Fusion / Internal Fixation

penguin84ppenguin84 Posts: 4
edited 11/05/2014 - 8:13 AM in Exercise and Rehab
Hello every one! New to the site and forums. So i'll give a brief description on my condition and then ask my question.

My names Mike, I'm 30 years old and in good health. June18th, 2014 I was in a MVA with a tractor trailer causing a fractured ulna, tibia and my worst injury, C-2 dens fracture.
I has been 18 months into my recovery. I have been performing my own exercises as I couldn't go to out patient PT because of no insurance. I have full range of motion of my neck. ( I lost 50% ROM with turning ). I had my last follow up apt. with my neurologist and he lifted al restrictions on me. I have been working my way back to going to the gym to slowly build up strength. I was in the best shape of my life prior to the accident. I kept it quite simple at the gym on my first day back last week. I stuck to circuit training. ( Machines only ).

Ok, so heres my question, that my neurologist didn't give me a straight answer to. If anyone here has similar injuries here as mine, please share with me the things you avoid or try to avoid with your pre-existing injury. I know everyones injuries and limitations are different. I'm more or less here seeking opinions. Especially exercise related.

I will be seeing a doctor in Occupational Medicine to tell me more specifically what restrictions I may have. I don't understand why he didn't tell me in the first place. He is a neurosurgeon... haha.

Mike McLaughlin


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    You say you have full range of motion in your neck and your neurosurgeon has lifted all restrictions, so why do you now think you should have restrictions?
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  • Besides lifting 5 lbs or more I have none and I just had surgery 3 days ago. I guess my question is same as above. Why do you think you need them? I was told after 12 weeks I have zero restrictions.
  • Liz said:
    You say you have full range of motion in your neck and your neurosurgeon has lifted all restrictions, so why do you now think you should have restrictions?
    I'm sorry. I left a piece of vital information out. Ok well on my final visit I was a bit rushed out of the office and he mailed me my final report. He said in this report that I was cleared to go back to work and had no resrictions. But then said that I should see a occupational medicine doctor for more specific restictions. Has me a bit confused...
    Mike McLaughlin
  • Definitely go to the Occ Med Doc and listen to what they have to say. No restrictions from the NS could be strictly related to the type of work you do versus the OM Dr which would be more specific to other activities. So the NS could say yes to sitting at a desk and walking and the OM Dr could say no to skydiving.

    I also recommend that you be very specific with your questions regarding what you can and cannot do and have the written down ahead of your appointment.
    C7-T1 ACDF 12Dec2013
  • sandisandi Posts: 6,343
    edited 11/06/2014 - 5:18 PM
    state that you could return to work with no restrictions, that is exactly what it means........you can return to full duty at work with no restrictions or limitations. That is not the same as other restrictions that may impact your lifestyle or life activities choices and activities though, hence his referral/recommendation to see an occupational medicine doctor for further evaluation.
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