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Alpine Physical Therapy
Three Locations
In North, South, and Downtown Missoula
Missoula, MT 59804
Ph: 406-251-2323
Fax: 406-251-2999

Child Orthopedics
Pain Management
Spine - Cervical
Spine - General
Spine - Lumbar
Spine - Thoracic

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Is it really necessary to use a cervical collar following cervical fusion?

Traditionally, ACDF without instrumentation has usually been treated postoperatively with the use of a rigid cervical collar. One advantage of ACDF with instrumentation is that most surgeons do not require the use of a rigid cervical collar postoperatively. A surgeon who recently studied 170 of his patients who underwent ACDF without instrumentation and without the use of a rigid cervical collar feels that outcomes are similar to published outcomes of ACDF with instrumentation.


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