Re: 1-WK post C5-C6 ACDF
You have to give yourself time to heal. The neck is very delicate and the wrong movement or strain can set you way way back. These days often incisions are minimal and bracing is minimal - but that doesn't make the procedure minor. If you don't take the opportunity to heal you may never have total recovery. Right now you don't want to be doing driving, straining your neck at all at a desk (yes, computer work is straining your muscles somewhat and can be an awkward position for your neck to hold for long periods), and need to listen to your body.
Rt thumb fusion '13. R&L thumb arthroplasty '12 ; RT TKR & Bilat CTS' 11. Fusions: L5-S1('87), L4-S1('93), C5-C7('06), L3-S1('10), C4-C5('13). C5-C7 foraminotomy '08