Re: Muscle Spasms (neck and upper back) after your surgery?
Muscle spasms are a pretty common complaint both before and after ACDF.
I had them in my shoulders for years before the surgery.
After, not only do you notice them, they seem to get worse for many during recovery, partly because your body is so used to them, and also due to the healing process. The spasms are increased because your body tries to "protect" the area where the surgery was.
Once I started PT after surgery, I was gradually able to get control of them. It took work and training (I had to re-learn proper posture, etc.).
Now, a regular excercise routine eliminates the problem. I can tell when I miss a session, as the spasms start to rear their ugly head.
There are tricks to improve things during recovery. First you need to understand and identify that the pain is caused by spasms. Many tend to blame the pain on something wrong with the surgery, but it's usually caused by spasms. You need to apply hot and cold packs on the site of the spasm and the area that is causing them (neck). Alternate hot and cold for about 15 minutes each every hour or so. I found muscle rubs to help too.
Last edited by dennisgb; 12-04-2006 at 08:32 AM.