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Hello. I wanted to see if anyone has had a previous neck surgery and resumed riding. I had a cervical decompression surgery without fusion 6 weeks ago and have just been cleared to use a “stationary bike”. Where should I begin again?

Previously I really enjoyed Power Zone training. I feel I will have to work my way back to that. I read that raising the handlebars and changing the seat position helps reduce strain on the arms and neck. It puts you in a more upright position. Any thought?
 

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I'm not a Dr. but I would definitely suggest easing back into it - start with short beginner and low impact rides and increase the duration as you feel better. I think your idea of raising the handlebars also makes a lot of sense.
 

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Hi Ouida, I had a cervical fusion at C5-C6 two years ago. Although I was not riding prior to or right after the surgery, my neck did get sore when leaning my head forward for a while. IMO, six weeks is not long enough for any aggressive riding where you'll be tilting your head forward and back. Leaning on the handlebars will aggravate the neck muscles and cause spasms. Definitely raise the handlebars and take it easy for a few weeks. Good luck to you. Hope you heal well and get lasting relief.
 

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Welcome back to it all! I'm a physical therapist and have worked with a lot of clients post cervical surgeries. The key is understanding your current restrictions. Being that you are 6 weeks out, you might need to avoid putting any extraneous strain on your neck and shoulders. So being more upright would be the best for you. Have you started a rehabilitation program to strengthen your arms?
 

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Welcome back to it all! I'm a physical therapist and have worked with a lot of clients post cervical surgeries. The key is understanding your current restrictions. Being that you are 6 weeks out, you might need to avoid putting any extraneous strain on your neck and shoulders. So being more upright would be the best for you. Have you started a rehabilitation program to strengthen your arms?
I have started PT. I have not started riding yet because there was an issue with the bike not powering on. I replaced the cables. It powers on now but no metrics. Peloton is coming out to fix it today. Hopefully, I can ride this evening or tomorrow morning. Fingers crossed!!!
 

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I have started PT. I have not started riding yet because there was an issue with the bike not powering on. I replaced the cables. It powers on now but no metrics. Peloton is coming out to fix it today. Hopefully, I can ride this evening or tomorrow morning. Fingers crossed!!!
Good luck!
 
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