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How to Sleep After Cervical Neck Surgery

author image Jacques Courseault
As a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician I have extensive experience in musculoskeletal/neurological medicine that will benefit the network.
How to Sleep After Cervical Neck Surgery
Doctor checking a woman's cervical collar Photo Credit: Wavebreakmedia/iStock/Getty Images

An article in the August 2009 issue of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery states that you are likely to notice a significant improvement in your cervical neck symptoms after surgery. Therefore, your decision to choose surgery as a treatment option will likely be beneficial. However, you must follow your surgeon and physical therapist's post-surgical recovery recommendations. After surgery, you should get plenty of rest and follow these guidelines to avoid re-injuring your neck.

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Step 1

Wear your cervical collar at all times while in the hospital. Avoid excessive movement of your neck. Keep your head still if your collar is ever opened.

Step 2

Lay on your back while in bed, according to Spine Universe. Turn your hips, shoulders and neck at the same time when changing positions or getting out of bed. Alert your nurse for assistance when moving.

Step 3

Sleep in any position that is comfortable after your discharge. Place a pillow under your shoulders if sleeping in a bed. Sleep in a recliner chair if you find this to be more comfortable than sleeping in bed. Wear your cervical collar as recommended by your doctor.

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