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PT after ACDF

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:30 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
How long after surgery do you usually have to wait to restart PT? My trigger point pain (which was what sent me to a Dr in the 1st place) flared up again last night. Very disappointing since I've been doing so well. I probably caused it by trying to do more things for myself yesterday knowing I would be on my own today. My sister went back to Canada this am. I took a flexeril & a percocet this am which seems to be helping and I'm gonna veg out today on the couch & do NOTHING.

I knew that surgery would not fix my muscle knots which have been there for years so I'm anxious to get back to PT where maybe massage, e-stim, ultrasound, etc may help. They were afraid to do much with me prior to surgery due to my MRI results & my rapidly progressing neuro symptoms. I also wonder about trigger point injections. I had done some research on this in December & went to my PCP in Jan to ask her opinion. That was when she ordered the MRI & I found out about my c-spine issues.

The pain is not horrible like many spineys go through but it makes it hard to do my job (nurse). When I completely rest for a few days it goes away but comes back quickly when I resume my normal activities. The only medication I took for it was advil which is now off limits due to my fusion. So, I'm just curious about the PT thing & if anyone has had trigger point injections I'd love to hear your stories.

Thanx & have a great day!



  • Joann,
    I started PT about 6 weeks after my first acdf in November 07. It is hard to do nothing, but that is what we have to do. I am 8 days post op and find myself wanting to do the things I was doing before my surgery. Have to remind myself that it is major surgery and slow down. My NS told me this time it will be 8 to 12 months before I get somewhat normal and there is no sense rushing it, soooooo I will take my time. Glad things are going well!

  • Thanx for the reply. It is very hard to slow down. I have never been one to sit around & do nothing but I know I need to chill out for a while. It's been going so well & I definitely don't want a setback. Until last night I thought I was done with the muscle relaxers & pain pills.

    How have you been doing since your last surgery? We were done on the same day. Hope all is well. Take care.
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  • Joann,
    I am doing ok, some rather large muscle spasms at times, but I just have to do nothing and they seem to go away. I am slowing my pain meds, I have not had to use my er type meds today. Overall I am much better than I thought I would be at this time, but I do sort of know what to expect. Like I said your body will let you know when you overdo it...stay focused and befoe you know it you will be a month out and things will be going better.
  • I started therapy two months after surgery,it will be a year next week and am still doing it.The last time i was at the surgeons office he told me that i could still see improvements up to 18mths after surgery.
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