Anterior Cervical Decompression and Fusion

By Sonya Thigpen, ATC

Anterior Cervical Decompression and Fusion

By: Sonya Thigpen, ATC

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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:

  • herniated disc
  • cervical radiculopathy
  • degenerative disc disease
  • neck or arm pain
  • weakness and/or numbness

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, which 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.

Do you have chronic neck pain?

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

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