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Activities after surgery

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:23 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hi - I am new to this site.

For about 5 years, I have had intermittent neck pain - lasts for a couple of weeks - goes away and comes back about once a year. The doctor says I have narrowing of the space C5-6. He says the pain indicates irrtiation of the C6 nerve root.
MRI is scheduled for next week.

I have tried numerous conservative treatments(anti-inflammatories, chiropractor, ostepathic manipulation, acupuncture etc. - most recently medrol pack and home traction.

I am very active - teach group fitness classes (some high impact and weight lifting) and ride horses. I am 55.

My question is about surgery. If I have surgery can I return to my previous activity level? Has anybody been able to?



  • First let me say welcome to spine-health. There is a lot of information to gather here as well as many members to learn and share with. I can't really tell you what you will or won't be able to do after surgery. Depends what type of surgery you are having. I would ask the surgeon what he feels you will be able to return to doing. There are many that have been here and returned to things like that but have long left the forums to do those type things. Anyway welcome to spine-health.
  • Of course your surgeon is the best person to answer your questions, but just as a spiney, my surgery was a little over a year ago. I can do anything that I want to try, with no restrictions. I went for a nice trailride this summer. What a pleasure to be horseback again. Other than being stiff, and a sore bu** :))( I suffered no ill effects. I;m sure you would have to work to get back in shape to teach aerobics again, but I think you will only be limited by yourself. Good luck.

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