Re: Return to Running After Neck Surgery?
I had ACDF on C5/6/7, and started running again -kind of easy, to see how it went - about 3 months later. Six months later, I was back in for another ACDF on C4/5. It's impossible to say if the running contributed to or caused the second problem - my surgeon would say if it's your passion, you should try it - and if the problems come back at another level, then get it 'fixed' if/when it happens.
I did NOT return to running after my 2nd surgery, and I've made it 21 months now. Your best bet is consult carefully with your doctors, and consider returning to your sport under the care of a PT, or one of the sports medicine places that seem to be everywhere - the risk for an avid runner is to try for longer, or faster runs, and maybe there is a way to get back more gradually, and with lower risk.
But I used to be a distance runner, and I know what it's like to want to get back to it! Good luck!