Re: Soreness After ACDF Surgery
Soreness is normal. But you shouldn't be hanging over a sink to wash your hair as you are putting huge strain on the neck. With three levels fused your body has to re-learn how to move the neck using muscles in new ways since there is a whole section of the cervical spine that no longer bends. Use the brace often, whenever you are upright, at least for the first few weeks. The best use of the brace is to keep you in correct alignment so you don't bend any directing that can cause pain. You want that fusion to take so you want to keep the neck in proper alignment.
Make sure you have a muscle relaxant and pain meds for when they are needed.
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