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Physical Therapy after ACDF two level?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:19 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi everyone, I'm having a ACDF with plate and screws July 17. My NS just filled out the paperwork for my work and said I might need PT for 8 weeks after my 4 week check up. So she has me off work for possibly 12 weeks. She said PT for 8 weeks maybe 3 days a week. Can anyone answer me what this involves? I was told I could probably go back to work after 8 weeks and now this. It could just be the NS is being causious how she fills the paperwork out for disability or is it true that after this surgery you need PT
Please help because I would really like to get back to work even though I am being paid for the whole time off. Really just wondering what the PT involves.Thank you, Maryann


  • A lot of it depends on your individual situation, so it is difficult to tell you what the norm is. Our neck muscles will weaken with surgery, and so you will need to be taught the correct exercises to do. They'll probably talk to you about posture and how to strengthen your upper arms and shoulders too. The best part of therapy is that you can get amazing massages! This will work out the inevitable knots caused by the muscle spasming that is normal post ACDF.

    I do think your doctor is being cautious with keeping you off work for 12 weeks, but he may have his reasons. If you feel ready to return before that, just tell your surgeon and see if he will release you.

    Good luck with your surgery.

    Surviving chronic pain one day at a time, praying for a reprieve because living another 40 years like this doesn't sound too fun!
  • You have been a great help answering my questions in the past also. This makes sence now. The massages sound wonderful also. Most of my problems now are in my shoulder,arm,and hands/fingers. My NS says hopefully that pain will go away. Thank you again, Maryann
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