I am recovering from c4-c7 surgery with plate and they used donated disc in between.. I had a hard collar which I wore 24-7 for the last 6 weeks. I was able to take it off as of Wednesday and I am afraid to move lol. How long has it taken for others of you to get your mobility back and what kinds of pain did you have to deal with after? My doctor told me since they stretched my muscles that they will react for a short while and be painful.