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Left side weaknesses & little numbness

chuck310cchuck310 Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:00 AM in Recovering from Surgery
I was in severe motorcyle accident last year. It has been almost a year since. I was completely parelized on my left side for 2 weeks. I had vertabrea C6 C7 fused. I can now move my left side. I have some upper body issues.They are realy minor all things considerd. Its alot weaker than my dominate right side.
I now go to the gym to workout I noticed my left side is @ 60% of strength and dexterity is about the same. When Im at the gym. I have to train with lighter wieght. I try to compensate and close the gap by doing 2-4 extra reps exclusively with my left. Doesn't seem like any progress is being made. :(
I also have some numbness in my left pionter and middle finger that has been there since I could remember beings out of the hosp.
Any help or guidence would be appreciated.


  • If there's some nerve damage then that might account for the weakness and any amount of working out won't make that better. It's like your muscles are up for some action but the message isn't getting through to your brain.
    It might be that the nerves will heal in time or your brain might eventually find another route to the muscles. This does happen. It's like when you are forced off a main road because it's closed off due to an accident or whatever and you have to find another way through, down back streets, through alleys, accross a parking lot maybe, but eventually you get there!
    Try and wiggle one ear. It's not something your concious mind knows how to do, because it's never necessary. But if you focus your brain and practice enough eventually the brain is able to find a way to communicate with the muscles in your ear and make it wiggle.
    But I think the golden rule after yoiu have had a spine injury, is always be guided by your doctors and physios before attempting any exercises.

    I'm not young enough to know everything - Oscar Wilde
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