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Can I bowl post-surgery C6-C7 spinal fusion?

I had my acdf on October 15th, 2012 and my neuro released me on November 22nd. He didn't give any restrictions just said to start doing things as I normally would slowly. I really want to go bowling. Do you think I could?
C-6 C-7 Cervical Spinal Fusion October 15, 2012


  • A good friend of mine had 3-level ACDF who bowls and golfs regularly without any issues. He is over 70 years old and still averages close to 200 so he is no slough. He hits the golf ball pretty well too.

    Bowling probably puts more stress on the neck since you are slinging a 16 lb (normal for a man) weight at the end of your arm. I would suggest using a lighter ball in the beginning until you know how things will go.

    I had 3-level ACDF 8 weeks ago and am just now starting to do more physical things with a 30 lb lift limit.
    My expectation is to be back on the golf course by mid April.

    There have been no issues or pain with my recovery to this point.

    Good luck and good bowling!
    US Army Retired
    Olympia WA
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