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.