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What's artificial disc replacement surgery rehab?
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Dr. Robert Masson
Neurosurgery
In brief: Progressive
For cervical, encourage ambulation day one, with progress towards longer walks, getting the heart rate up.
Simultaneously, passive range of motion of the neck, increasing as tolerated, with return to low impact upper extremity weights, bands after two weeks, increased as tolerated, keeping total weight to a level where the surgical site is isolated and effort is smooth, and easy.

In brief: Progressive
For cervical, encourage ambulation day one, with progress towards longer walks, getting the heart rate up.
Simultaneously, passive range of motion of the neck, increasing as tolerated, with return to low impact upper extremity weights, bands after two weeks, increased as tolerated, keeping total weight to a level where the surgical site is isolated and effort is smooth, and easy.
Dr. Robert Masson
Dr. Robert Masson
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Dr. Jonathan Hyde
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
In brief: Ambulation
The most important aspect of disc replacement rehabilatation is walking.
A brace is not necessarily recommended. After several weeks, you may require a spinal conditioning program to build core strength.

In brief: Ambulation
The most important aspect of disc replacement rehabilatation is walking.
A brace is not necessarily recommended. After several weeks, you may require a spinal conditioning program to build core strength.
Dr. Jonathan Hyde
Dr. Jonathan Hyde
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