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Loss of neck movement.

BrooksdBBrooksd Posts: 3
edited 06/18/2015 - 7:16 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Okay so, i Had a pretty extensive surgery on my neck about two months ago, caused by a sevre car crash. (C2,C3 fusion) The doctor put a titanium wire through my c2 and c3 and fused it all together with donated bone. i wasnt coherent at all because they put me in a sedative coma to keep me from moving until i got the surgery so i didnt talk to him much. Well the doctor told my loved ones that with the surgery id loose %50 left and right. I had talked to a guy that had a similar surgery and he told me the doctor was just covering himself and he regained his movement after a while of healing. has anyone had this done before? Does anyone know if thats true, i could possibly regain my movement? Id like to hope so but i dont want to hope on false information. So if anyone knows anything about this type of surgery id love to get some feedback.

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Brooks Dearman


  • 1028761102876 Posts: 248
    edited 06/18/2015 - 8:34 PM
    Every body is different. For example I have had 3 cervical spine fusions and currently have C1-C3 fused. I was told I would lose 50% ROM also but after 6 weeks I was out of the cervical collar and I had similar motion as I had before and in some movements (like the lateral bend) I have more than a normal person (which is a pro and a con at the same time). My only advice is don't push it too much too quickly. A PT will be able to help you get in your target zone for ROM.
  • BrooksdBBrooksd Posts: 3
    edited 06/20/2015 - 5:16 AM
    Well i only have about three more weeks in my collar hopefully. But ive noticed in the shower i can alreAdy rotate my head about %40 do you think when my neck fully heals ill be able to move it more or is this probably the best itll get? And i messed up the first post i actually had the surgery done on my c1 and c 2.
    Thanks any input helps.
    Brooks Dearman
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