Okay, after over two weeks off (my longest streak since I started riding four years ago), I'm back on the bike. It was an awesome crisp day outside and the air felt incredible in my lungs.
In all honesty, my back feels better after riding. I still have a lot of stiffness in my neck but it seems that my body likes that position of leaning over the handlebars. Perhaps riding again will loosen things up and hasten the healing process. The doctor says to take it slow, but I'm going to try and hit the saddle as much as I can. It feels too good to pull back.