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one year post op acdf c5-c7 muscle atrophy

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:29 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I am one year post op ACDF c5-c7. I have been into bodybuilding for almost 5 years now. I returned to lifting 3 months after surgery. Prior to surgery I experienced excruciating pain in my left arm along with muscle atrophy in my forarm and hand (thumb).Lately I noticed an increase in the numbing sensation which remained from surgery. My question is if it is possible to have continued atrophy in the same areas after surgery. I had exrays done two weeks ago and my ortho said everything was fine and gave me some naprosyn to reduce any possible swelling.


  • A friend on mine waited too long for his ACDF surgery (pain/weakness/atrophy/numbness for several years). While the surgery alleviated the pain, weakness and numbness, the nerves going to his triceps muscle in his left arm were permanently damaged and never recovered. He has visible atrophy of that muscle even now, 8 years after his surgery. Another friend had complications following a knee surgery that caused damage to the nerves going to her quad muscle. A good chunk of that muscle is now "dead" and will never come back. Neither one experiences pain with the atrophy, but those muscles will not recover. I wonder if your atrophy is due to permanent nerve damage like in these cases.
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