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Physical therapy after ACDF

Lili_InuLLili_Inu Posts: 633
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:56 AM in Recovering from Surgery
Before I had my ACDF in February, I was given a home program to do exercises 3 times a day, daily. After my ACDF, I switched physical therapists and they gave me a home program to do exercises once a day, every other day.

I wanted to know if this is typical to do such light exercises after surgery. After I saw on the news today a story about the first successful hand transplant patient doing 5 hours of physical therapy a day, I thought maybe my program is not at the level it should be. She is 8 or 9 months post-op from this transplant and is able to drive a car and is able to feel the sensation of heat and cold. Any thoughts on this? :?
2011 ACDF C5-6 for Spondylosis with Myleopathy
2012 L4-5 herniated disc and hernated disc at C4/5 2013 Taking Amitriptyline for headaches
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  • Most people with a one level acdf do not have physical therapy.

    ACDF C4-5 June 23rd, 2011

    Another surgery in the near future. I am 26 years old.

    Current Meds- Norco 7.5/325, Cymbalta 60mg, Gabapentin, Adderall 20mg
  • So why do some people need PT and some don't? Does this have anything to do with the severity of the nerves that are compromised?
    2011 ACDF C5-6 for Spondylosis with Myleopathy
    2012 L4-5 herniated disc and hernated disc at C4/5 2013 Taking Amitriptyline for headaches
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  • I had c5-6 ACDF on 9/23/11. I complained of intense shoulder pain at my 2 week apt with NS and he prescribed PT. I'm starting next week for at least 2 weeks. I will go back to NS at 6 weeks post op. I plan to return to work also at tat time.

    D
    C5-6 ACDF 9-2011
    C4-5 ACDF 11-2014
  • Did you have severe pain in your shoulders and upper back before surgery? I did, so maybe that's why I was referred to surgery. Not really sure how that works. :?
    2011 ACDF C5-6 for Spondylosis with Myleopathy
    2012 L4-5 herniated disc and hernated disc at C4/5 2013 Taking Amitriptyline for headaches
  • Nope. I did not have shoulder pain before surgery. I had numbness and tingling in my left arm which radiated to my thumb and fore finger before surgery. This pain is different. Almost like I have a large weight on my left shoulder. NS said that he taped my shoulders down during surgery and I heard that this causes post op pain. I hope it is improved with PT.

    C5-6 ACDF 9-2011
    C4-5 ACDF 11-2014
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  • Lili,

    I think part of the reason for PT after one or two cervical levels is "why" the surgery. What I mean is, did you have function issues, weakness etc. If you didn't, but pain was the main issue, than a lot of doctors might not prescribe PT. Hope that helps....

    Weakness, muscle loss = PT to try and get back....My C5/6 didn't have PT, C6/7 tried PT, but hurt more (found later failed fusion)...

    Brenda
    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
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