Kink in neck turned into neck/shoulder problem
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An_189710 posted:
I started as a simple "kink" in the neck on 4/28...then turned into neck/left shoulder pain. I could not look down (put my chin to my chest) without pain. I did home treatment (ice/walking/neck exercises) for two weeks and it seemed to be helping...then had a relapse.
Finally on May 16th, I had my first ever Chriopractic appt. He said my muscles/joints were inflammed and I should keep moving my neck (even when it hurt)...keep icing it twice a day. It definitely improved and I started doing yoga again. After 1 1/2 weeks, the "pain" was gone...so I stopped my Chiro appts.
I still have soreness...especially at the end of the day. My Chiro Doctor said to make sure I keep moving and don't be in one position too long (I spend all day in front of a computer at work).

I am wondering if this soreness will EVER go away and if I will regain FULL movement capabilities (I find that when I try to look over my left shoulder...it starts to hurt. Also if I try to tilt my head to the left or to the right. I am not in pain....it just is sore and I just want to be back the way I was!

Since it has only been 5 wks...is that too soon for a recovery?

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks
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bj1208 responded:
hi and welcome to the support group -

one thing - when it comes to our necks/backs it's best to NOT go to a chiropractor and/or physical therapist UNTIL you have a full diagnoses - reason being is that if there is something wrong and they do not know this then the treatments they do COULD cause more problems -

what you should do is see an Orthopedic Spine Specialist - this does not mean you need surgery - but they can examine you, order MRI if necessary, they are the best at reading the results - once that is done they can give you the best treatment plan for you - and if chiropractic or physical therapy is needed they can write the correct type of treatments for that - they may also suggest pain management for injections whiich can help with any inflammation - this will make it easier too if you need chiropractic or physical therapy care -

hope this helps - please keep us posted - take care - Joy