WATERDIAMONDS gave a lot of great advice. Certainly if you meant your physical therapist, that is ridiculous and they should never tell you something like that. You definitely need specific direction and guidance with your health condition and a physical therapist should be giving that to you so that you are doing things that are safe for you.
7/24/13 4:30 A
If by PT, you mean physical therapist, my first suggestion is that you report this person for dereliction of duty and get someone else.
I have had 4 back surgeries, including cervical spine fusion. In each instance, I was put under the care of a phys. therapist who specialized in recovery from whatever surgery I'd just had and who guided me through months of PT (in one case, a full year of it). None of these professionals every told me to do whatever I wanted to do.
So I can't imagine that a therapist told you this. Therefore, my second suggestion is that you ask your neurosurgeon to provide you the documents you need to get physical therapy. In fact, I'm not quite sure why seeing a therapist wasn't part of your doctor's recovery plan.
Surgery of this nature is so highly individualized that I think it might be dangerous for any of us here on SP to offer you suggestions for specific exercises, but I can tell you that you need to be as gentle with yourself as possible throughout whatever recovery routine your doctor provides.
I'm 7 weeks post op and looking to start working my upper body. I had a 3 level ACDF and lost a lot of muscle before surgery. When I spoke to my PT he said whatever I wanted to do...gee thanks! I'm looking for an upper body/arm workout that won't put extra stress on my neck, which is still healing. Thanks for any help!
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