Hello Dr. Corenman,
I found this great site and how helpfull it is.
I am a 28 year old male who at once was a proffessional athlete
And still lead a very active lifestyle basically my life and career evolves around
sport and activity up untill I had an accident. I dove
In shallow water and fractured my C 6 due to which I had a corpectomy
and C5-C7 fusion with a cage and plate. Right after the accident I felt weakness and a tingling sensation from my triceps to my pinkie finger. A few days after surgery the tingling went away however I also felt pain in my left pectoral muscle as well as atrophy on both sides. In addittion my tricep muscles are really weak and in some positions are in pain.
My question is: What are the chances that I ever regain the strength and muscle in my triceps and pectoral muscles after I recover? Please let me know.
More likely than not, you suffered a central cord injury. Find the section on this website to understand this syndrome and see if it fits with your history. Any spinal cord injury can somewhat heal with time. There are “unused” spinal cord tracts that can compensate for the injured tracts. This takes some time and lots of rehabilitation to “relearn” the pathways. The outcome depends upon the initial damage incurred and how hard you work for your recovery.