“I was told by my surgeon that my motion in c6-7 is good and I’m probably experiencing muscle pain and it could take up to a year for it to resolve. Does that sound even remotely possible”? No. How your surgeon knows that the motion of C6-7 is “good” without flexion/extension films is remarkable. There is a very simple way to know if this level is painful. Bilateral selective nerve root blocks at C6-7 with temporary relief of pain would help yield a diagnosis. See:
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.