Giant, I had C5-C7 fused. I have pretty good motion left and right. Looking up took some getting used to.
I have all those neck and arm exercises. I still use them once or twice a week. I have modifications that will give you more from your time.
The road it going to be full of gains and plateaus. Remember the 48-72 hour rule. If you do something like those new exercises you will feel it 24 to 48, worst at 48 to 72 and then it gets better. Use that ice even if you don't think you need it. Good luck and speedy recovery.
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My first rides have been on our hybrid. The handlebars on my road bike are nice and high so I don't think it will be a problem but it doesn't seem to be worth the bother to air tires up, wear cleats, etc.for short rides. I had my first physical therapy yesterday. I had lots of occupational therapy before surgery so I don't see the point but I went. My therapist said fusing C7-T1 probably won't noticeably affect my neck flexibility but my neck muscles are still traumatized from the surgery and tight. He taught me some neck and shoulder exercises that I didn't think did anything but I sure could feel them afterword. He said the hand exercises I learned in OT were good but he preferred using rubber bands to theraputty. My right hand strength, range of motion, and coordination are good enough for most things but hopefully will continue to improve. I have to work over the weekend but hopefully 'll have time for a longer ride.
As you get back to it make sure you listen to your body. It's going to be different so don't fight it. Raise the stem if needed and watch for pain. It will that 48 to 72 before you feel it. Those nerves can get inflamed and start barking.
It's going to feel different trying to look up when riding. Take more breaks. I was on the bike pretty quickly. Didn't use a road bike for a while, about 2 months.
The most important thing to do is your exercises. As you improve add strength, balance, and corework. You probably have some of those already. Look at this as a long term rehab.
Not sure how many of you remember but 2 months ago I had C7-T1 cervical fusion surgery. Until recently I was on restricted activity. I wasn't supposed to lift over 20 lbs and while I was allowed to cycle and swim I wasn't to exert myself any more than I would on a leisurely walk. My last doctor's visit confirmed that I am healing nicely. It isn't fully fused yet but it is healed enough that he lifted all of my activity restrictions! I probably won't get out for much of a ride until the weekend so I'm putting my beater bike on the trainer. I sure did miss riding. Not working out was turning me into a blob of goo.
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