Researchers from the University of Nottingham are looking into this, and want to learn from your experiences!
Many people undergo 2 level Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion Surgery, this includes patients with CSM. The operation requires the removal of 2 intervertebral discs and the fusion of the cervical vertebrae. Current advice is unclear about whether a person can take up sport following this surgery. Doctors are concerned about safety to the spinal cord if people return to sport following this surgery. This study will interview 16 people who regularly exercise following this surgery. It is hoped these experiences will allow patients to be advised more accurately in the future.
Can you help? Find out more about the study and its lead investigator
What is the significance for CSM?
The role of exercise after surgery in CSM is largely unexplored. However there is much to suggest that it can enhance recovery; indeed this is well demonstrated in animal studies of spinal cord injury, underpins the basis for spinal cord injury rehabilitation centres and is starting to be evidence based in traumatic spinal cord injury. However this has to be balanced against any necessary 'healing' time for the surgery itself, with many surgeons recommending months of very limited activity. So at Myelopathy.org, we are pleased to support this research study as it represents an important knowledge gap. It should be noted, that this study is not just for CSM (as ACDF can be performed for other reasons) and looks in particular at higher performance athletes (exercising more than 2 hours per day), but no doubt this will have relevance and we look forward to seeing the results. Ben Davies, Director Myelopathy.org
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