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Limited neck mobility since childhood
Keidiek posted:
I didn't know where to post this, so I hope this is the right place:

I've always had a "kink" in my neck. When I roll my head during warmups before a workout, the point where my head is tilting back and to my right, simply doesn't work well. I hear clicking sounds and sinews shifting, and there's always pain when I do it, as if something's getting in the way of something! It's very frustrating, because when I'm practicing karate, sometimes I'll very quickly have to look over my shoulder and to my right and I'm worried I might hurt myself. For what it's worth, this weird "clicking" spot has been there since I can remember (warming up in Phys Ed. in middle-school, maybe even grade school).

It's not severe pain, but it does interfere with my movement.
Can someone tell me what might be wrong with me?
bj1208 responded:
hi and welcome to the support group -

from the sounds of this you should see your primary care doc and have it examined - based on the findings your doc may send you to see either an Orthopedic Spine Specialist or Neurosurgeon Spine Specialist for further testing -

having a neck that does this is not normal and you should get it examined as soon as possible -

please keep us posted - take care - Joy
Keidiek replied to bj1208's response:
You know how some people have ankles that crack every time they rotate them in a full circle? It's kind of like that. To speak accurately, it doesn't truly inhibit my movement, except for psychologically, because I'm afraid to do neck rolls for more than one to three revolutions due to the pain and clicking.
bj1208 replied to Keidiek's response:
hi again -

the key word here is that you are afraid to rotate your neck in neck rolls because of the pain and clicking - this is not normal -

this is the reason you need to see a spine specialist - preferable a Neurosurgeon Spine Specialist since you are dealing with neck issues -

I was in Martial Arts for 10 years (3rd degree brown belt) before I stepped down and 2 months later my disc blew out (L5-S1) (click my name or pic for story) - I was a student plus an assistant instructor - and if a student complained of this we would not have them continue with the exercises and/or Kata;s or certain techniques as these could damage the area more - so I know how everything is in Martial Arts -

you have something going on and you need to have an MRI/CT Scan done to make sure you don't have disc(s) problems -

As the saying goes: Better to Be Safe Than Sorry!

Please see your physician as soon as possible to get an accurate diagnosis of what is going on -

Please keep us posted to what you find out - take care - Joy
Ari Ben-Yishay, MD responded:
You should make an appointment with an Ortho Spine specialist and be examined, and probably x-rayed. There is no "diagnosis based on this limited info.
Good luck
Dr Ben Yishay

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