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Activity limitations - acdf

I am 2 weeks post acdf at C6/C7. Dr. said I will be in a hard collar for two months. My question is, how do I know when to escalate my activity levels? I was umpiring baseball. Will I have to wait until 100% fusion to resume that activity? What about routing activities? I am retired and my routines include yard work, garage hobbies, etc. Any insight would help.



  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,526

    The answer to your questions can really only be answered by  your surgeon.   Responses from members here, are personal opinions from their own experience and doesnt mean it applies to everyone

    Take a look at  Recovery, the most important phase

    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • Kirk, Ron is 100% correct on each individuals opinion. To begin with, welcome to the best spinal site on the web!  This question should be addressed to your surgeon because he knows your complete health history as well as what he did while performing surgery.  Every patient is different as well as recovery time is different as well. The worst thing you can do is get involved in a activity that has the potential of delaying recovery or worse........David ( unofficial Walmart door greeter )

                                                                           Unsuccessful ACDF C-5 - C-7 with left side Radiculapathy


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  • Thanks for the responses. I guess I realize what you are saying to be true. Just looking for an optimistic future. I would not take anyone's opinion here as anything other than that. My surgeon has the ultimate say.

    By the way, this site has extremely helpful information. Thanks to all who contribute!

  • KirkD, It’s good to have a optimistic view on recovery time and limitations and especially a positive attitude. But trust me as well as the other members here and read what all of us are going through. That is why it best to follow your surgeons restrictions! You as a retired man that umpires probably thinks umpiring is a easy task. But good old Murphy’s law will make it where you collide with a player, or have to duck as a baseball is aimed at you. I’m now retired way before I wanted to due to my fusion from a career I loved!  So take it easy and relax until the surgeon gives you the green light. Give that fusion every chance to fuse as you can! Keep us posted!....David


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