Anterior Cervical Decompression and Fusion

By Sonya Thigpen, ATC

Anterior Cervical Decompression and Fusion

JOI Anterior Cervical Decompression treatment.

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The Anterior Cervical Decompression and Fusion (ACDF) procedure is used to relieve neck pain caused by nerve root or spinal cord compression in the cervical spine. Patients that may be eligible for this procedure include those with a diagnosis of:

Physicians may consider this procedure appropriate if all other conservative management such as Physical Therapy or Massage Therapy do not improve function. The procedure is performed with the patient in the supine position, lying on their back, with a small incision along the front of the neck.

First, the surgeon will remove the problematic disc. This, in turn decompresses the spinal cord and nerve roots to relieve the pressure. After this is accomplished, the surgeon then performs a fusion. This will then join the selected bones in the neck, to stabilize the vertebrae.

Anterior Cervical Decompression and Chronic Neck Pain

To learn more about your neck pain, please watch this VIDEO.

JOI Rehab Clinicians work with our JOI Board Certified Spine Physicians to develop specific fusion rehab protocols to help guide our physical therapists during your recovery. Our integrated service model at JOI is focused on giving you the best possible outcome. The Spine Team at JOI meets on a quarterly basis for CEU activity and to update protocols.

The JOI Spine Team is made up of JOI Board Certified Spine Orthopaedic Surgeons, Physiatrists, Physical Therapists and Medical Massage Therapists.

JOI Rehab has announced a new program for back or spine patients to fast track them for physical therapy. This new program will allow patients who have seen their primary care or family practice physician to begin conservative physical therapy treatments immediately at JOI Rehab San Marco.

If you want more information about the Fast Track Spine Program, give us a call at 904-858-7045

Where is Telemedicine Frequently Used?

All JOI Physicians, Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists now offer Telemedicine services for virtual visits from the convenience of your home. If you feel that it is best to stay in your own home during this time, we can still provide orthopaedic Telehealth services for you. Through the download of the free Zoom app on the your phone, tablet or laptop. Our physicians and Telehealth for Physical Therapy can evaluate you and provide the care you need.

JOI Fracture and Injury Care

JOI Physicians are currently offering ASAP Fracture care. Make an appointment by calling (904)JOI-2000. This is a new option for patients who would like to avoid the emergency room if they have suffered a fracture or soft tissue injury. To learn more about this service, read this article about fracture and injury care.

By: Sonya Thigpen, ATC

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