I have a question for the board and any feedback would be appreciated.
I had an ACDF surgery on April 21, 2014 on C5 C6. Recovery has been going well and have been seeing a physiotherapist 3 times a week to regain mobility and strenght in my left arm (muscle waste/atrophy in shoulder and bicep).
Just had my 2nd follow up appointmet with my surgeon yesterday to which he said my fusion is about 70%. I explained to him that my mobility and range of motion in my left arm is all back but I have no strenght/muscle in my shoulder, thus only elastic band exercise and no weights. My bicep seems to recover a little bit better but not much. He said that time will tell, making me wonder if I will ever regain my muscle strenght back
He has cleared me back to regular work with no restrictions, and even indicated that work might even help with regaining the muscle strenght in those areas.
My question is this: Is it the nerve that is affecting the muscle strenght? Or is the nerve pretty much healed up (thus the full range of motion without any weight of course) and now it's just a matter for the muscle to get stronger?
Thank you in advance