Once the neck is healed, there may be recommendations for activity changes. A one level fusion will allow you to play in the NFL. Even a two level fusion may play tackle football. If a patient needs a three level fusion, activity restriction is necessary to prevent further stress to the remaining discs.
About the Author: Donald Corenman, MD, DC
Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.