Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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First I will assume that this was an ACDF (anterior fusion) of C5-7.

“Tightness and some irritation in the upper back, trap, shoulder and pec area” generally is an indication of pain generated by the lower cervical spine (C4-T1).

Obliquus Capitis Inferior and/or superior muscles are occiput to C2 muscles and would not cause the lower neck and shoulder pain you complain of. These muscles are more involved in headache and base of skull pain generation.

I would suspect continued pain as you describe as generated by a level not involved in surgery (C4-5 or C7-T1) or from a pseudoarthrosis (lack of fusion) of the levels involved with surgery.

Dr. Corenman