Early Self-Directed Home Exercise Program After Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion

A Pilot Study

Rogelio A. Coronado, PT, PhD; Clinton J. Devin, MD; Jacquelyn S. Pennings, PhD; Susan W. Vanston, PT, MS; Dana E. Fenster, BS; Jeffrey M. Hills, MD; Oran S. Aaronson, MD; Jacob P. Schwarz, MD; Byron F. Stephens, MD; Kristin R. Archer, PhD, DPT


Spine. 2020;45(4):217-225. 

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An early HEP program was found to be acceptable to patients and has the potential to be safely implemented during the immediate postoperative period. Pilot study findings suggest that exercise may be an effective pain management approach in the short-term, with potential for long-term reductions in opioid utilization.