I'm still in a Miami j hard collar while healing from my C4-C7 fusion. I'm 41 years old and would like to remain as active as possible, like I'm sure everyone would hope to as well after a fusion. The stiffness is getting a bit worse after four weeks and now that I feel the inflammation from the surgery coming down, I'm noticing the tightness around the incision. My whole front of my neck feels like it moves when I drink.
I'm curious to know what it feels like to begin physical therapy? How does one know if they are stretching out the stiffness or if because of the fusion you can't turn your neck any farther? I'm sure the PT will help with this but I'm feeling anxious about it. I'm nervous about putting undue pressure on the adjacent levels during PT and further herniating them, but I'm also worried about how much range of motion will be lost. All of the doctors say it is up to the patient and how dedicated you are to your PT, but how do you know when you've reached your maximum range of motion?
I realize everyone heals differently but, any perspectives would be appreciated