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Back and Neck Injury: Low back ache since 9 months, disc bulge, MRI
disc bulge, MRI, chiropractic: Dear Jesan, Go to a chiropractor that has either a flexion/distraction table or an intervertebral decompression machine. Both technologies have been created to specifically address disc pathology by passively creating a pull on the disk which allows pressure...

Back and Neck Injury: Low back pain, soft tissue injury, falls
soft tissue injury, falls, injury falling: Hello, Donna, It sounds like your client is suffering from Trauma Reflex. The universal response to injury and insult is to tighten up, specifically in relation to the affected areas, as a reflexive, protective response. When the incident makes a sufficiently...

Back and Neck Injury: l-5 disk herniation, leg and foot numbness, bad posture
leg and foot numbness, bad posture, disk herniation: It is really the curve of the back that makes the difference. If there is a forward curve, the disc is in a protected state, where the nucleus is driven forward. I like to sit on the edge of my seat, allowing my spine to bow out. You can do this on a ball,...

Back and Neck Injury: low back pain, lumbar disc, pregnancy
lumbar disc, pregnancy: CJ; It s my opinion that being pregnant often HELPS disc injuries, since your big(ger)belly tends to draw your low back into an extension posture, where there is a forward facing banana curve in your back. You can read all about the lumbar disc on my...

Back and Neck Injury: lumbosacral spine, back pain, back pain relief
back pain, back pain relief, lower back pain: Hello, Ginny. Narrowing of intervertebral disc spaces, osteophytes (bone spurs) and spondylosis typically indicate habitually contracted back muscles and compression of vertebrae. My recommendation would be a course of somatic education to alleviate...

Back and Neck Injury: MRI Interpretation, neck injury, stiff neck
neck injury, stiff neck, painful shoulder: Hi, Connie. Injections are probably irrelevant. Why? Disc bulges, bone spurs, and facet arthropy typically result from muscular contractions that pull vertebrae together. One can t free muscular contractions with injections -- although trigger point...

Back and Neck Injury: MRI Interpretation : Chronic back/neck pain, neck pain, chiropractic
neck pain, chiropractic, MRI: Dear Karen, Neither the lumbar or cervical MRI are really that bad from what is described because the nerve roots that exit the spine are not being impinged or encroached in any way. However, 1. You have degenerative changes to the joints and disc bulges...

Back and Neck Injury: MVA, MVA, Stenosis
MVA, Stenosis, chiropractic: Dear Audrey, First of all, I can t believe with your history that you were not imaged after the car crash...you should have at least had x-rays with flexion and extension projections and a possible follow-up MRI to re-examine the disk and stenosis issues....

Back and Neck Injury: mri results, cysts, disc bulge
cysts, disc bulge, dessication: Dear Tersea, Unfortunately, with these results, I would suggest that you get a neurosurgical consult/opinion. The reason is that not only do you have disc pathology (bulge) pressing on the nerve root, you have spinal pathology (degenerative spurring)...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck and Back, cracking, neck pain
cracking, neck pain: Erika; The cracking you hear in your neck is called crepitus ... I always liked that word because it s essentially an example of onomatopoeia... it sounds like the thing it is. Call me a nerd. The usual explanation for this is that there is a lot...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck injury, back pain, back pain relief
back pain, back pain relief, lower back pain: Hello, Emir, The MRI does not show a disc tear. It shows bone spurs. Finger numbness usually comes from nerve root compression. Back spasms, bone spurs and nerve root compression come from the same cause: habituation of muscular tension in the involved...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck & Shoulder Pain, neural foraminal encroachment, disc herniation
neural foraminal encroachment, disc herniation, cervical spine: Dear Michelle, You are not alone in this...workers compensation is one of the worst systems around and does a very poor job in handling injuries. Workers compensation doctors are notorious for being poor diagnosticians, poor clinicians, and at limiting...

Back and Neck Injury: neck pain, muscle injury, neck pain
muscle injury, neck pain, nerve root compression: Dear Vipul, You have muscle spasms. To free them, you need to re-assert control of the involved muscles through movements that contract them. If you wish, I can make a recommendation of a program with instructions, or you can do the somatic exercise...

Back and Neck Injury: neck problms, cervical disc
cervical disc: Emir; Because of your question, I put up a page on my website under the articles section for the cervical disc, and how to read the reports that radiologists write... so thank you, I think. Check it out and figure it out for yourself, is what I can say...

Back and Neck Injury: What next?, pinched nerve, nerve impingement
pinched nerve, nerve impingement, stenosis: Hello, Greg, The keys are the degenerative disc changes and the formation of osteophytes (bone spurs); both indicate very contracted neck muscles with pinches on nerve roots. Surgery is the common answer to bone spurs and stenosis (bone closure around...

Back and Neck Injury: Back Pain., lumbar disc, MRI
lumbar disc, MRI: Hi K; I tried to put up, in response to the # of MRI questions, a brief primer on Mri reading on the cervical spine on my website, www.dynamicclinic.com, under the articles section. You have a spine that is degenerating,(diminished signal) and the discs...

Back and Neck Injury: Posture, chiropractic, posture
chiropractic, posture, alignment: Michael; Most of what counts for bad posture is due to FLEXION DOMINANCE, meaning everything we do: writing, computing, exercising, sleeping, cooking, is in a flexed position. Reversing this means working out the back muscles, called the extensors. Lifting...

Back and Neck Injury: Pulsating backpain, disc bulges, mri of the spine
disc bulges, mri of the spine, nerve roots: Dear Bonnie, Disc bulges can be controversial due to the lack of consistent classification from radiologists, not to mention that some do not cause any pain, but in general you can classify a bulge as 2mm to 4 mm and a herniation is 5mm or more. Nevertheless,...

Back and Neck Injury: back pain, back pain, back pain relief
back pain, back pain relief, lower back pain: Hello, Mulu, Your description sounds like tight back muscles. A simplified exercise for freeing back muscles exists at: http://www.somatics.com/back_pain.htm That page explains the problem you have and its solution. The complete somatic exercise...

Back and Neck Injury: back pain, disc, cervical
disc, cervical, pain: Judy; What exactly is normal wear and tear read:lame. They sent you for an MRI because they suspected a disc was herniated. If you are in pain all of the time, have you tried chiropractic care? I don t want to toot my profession s horn here, but you...

Back and Neck Injury: back pain/stifness, disc bulge, disc protrusion
disc bulge, disc protrusion, disk bulge: Hello, Rakesh, Disc bulges typically result from chronically contracted back muscles. May I recommend some brief write-ups of mine: http://www.somatics.com/back_pain.htm (first aid for back pain) http://www.somatics.com/chronic_back_pain.htm http://www.somatics.com/back_pain_terms.htm...

Back and Neck Injury: Re lower back injury, back pain, back pain relief
back pain, back pain relief, lower back pain: Hello, Audrey, The nerve specialist said there was no nerve DAMAGE. The symptoms sound like sciatica -- which is nerve ENTRAPMENT, almost always the result of muscle spasms -- whatever the radiologist s reading of the MRI may indicate. Disc bulges typically...

Back and Neck Injury: Rhomboid Muscle, rib pain, rhomboid issues
rib pain, rhomboid issues: Lisa; Holy Moley that s a long time to deal with this!!! Let s talk about the rhomboids, then. They attach to the scapulae on both sides, and because of their shape (rhomboidal) they get called that. It doesn t seem fair: the levator scapulae raise...

Back and Neck Injury: regarding spinal stabilisation, back pain, back pain relief
back pain, back pain relief, lower back pain: Hello, Rajitha, Spine surgery is a drastic step that should be avoided unless more conservative measures have failed. Bulging discs usually indicate contracted back muscles, which are not relieved by surgery, and which can be relieved by clinical somatic...

Back and Neck Injury: Sports injuries and Inversion Tables, Rib subluxation, core strength
Rib subluxation, core strength, chiropractic: Dear Aubrey, First of all, I do not advocate the use of inversion tables, however, if you are young (under 30) there is really no reason to tell you not to use it. The problem arises with these table in an older population, or in a population with increased...

Back and Neck Injury: slip disk, back injuries, back injuries lifting
back injuries, back injuries lifting, injuries from lifting: Martin, In general, it s better to be active. Rest doesn t change the kind of muscular conditioning that leads to slipped disc -- habitually overcontracted back muscles. However, being active doesn t appreciably change the condition, either. However,...

Back and Neck Injury: trapped nerve, nerve root compression, disc bulge
nerve root compression, disc bulge, somatic exercises: Hello, Lynz, The criterion for is it OK is, how much pain are you in? Neck muscles tighten up in emergency breathing, as it a 5K run. That could make the nerve entrapment worse. Disc damage (degeneration) and nerve entrapment are a typical results...

Back and Neck Injury: trapped nerves, neck pain, CRPS
neck pain, CRPS, chronic reflexogenic pain syndrome: Toni; I m sorry about the pain, but let s see if we can figure out a course of action to get you back on track. First off, it does sound like you have two problems. Low back pain is pretty common, but sciatica is like a red hot poker in your butt cheek,...

Back and Neck Injury: Upper back is bothering me constantly, pain in temples, costochrondritis
pain in temples, costochrondritis, pain in chest: Hi, Owen, Self-adjusting won t do any damage and you ve made some good observations about the relation between your various pains and spinal alignment. The thing is, it isn t about the two vertebrae that you ve identified, but about the forces that pull...

Back and Neck Injury: Upper back pain after doing dips, sclerotome, neck pain
sclerotome, neck pain: Vinay (cool name, by the way) It sounds more like you have hurt your facet joint, actually called the zygapophyseal joint(s). The hinges in our spine hae referrals, meaning they send pain messages from places that aren t injured. In this case, it sounds...

Back and Neck Injury: Floating Disk Fragment, disc fragment
disc fragment: Dear Donna, Everything I have read about free floating disk fragments points to surgical excision as the only viable option. The reason for this is because that fragment can become lodged against the spinal cord and or nerve roots as the exit the spine...

Back and Neck Injury: Grinding of the neck, reccomendations
Back and Neck Injury: Grinding of the neck, reccomendations

Back and Neck Injury: Grinding of the neck, tight neck muscles, whiplash injury
tight neck muscles, whiplash injury, muscular contractions: John, I can hear that you re frustrated. However, the answer is lengthy and already exists in the write-ups to which I directed you. In brief, tight neck muscles cause vertebrae to rub against each other; that s the grinding sensation. The whiplash...

Back and Neck Injury: low back pain, back pain, osteophytes
back pain, osteophytes, lower back pain: Hello, Frank. Most back pain comes from muscular contractions, not from narrowing of the thecal sac or even from stenosis. When osteophytes (bone spurs) form, it s indicative of muscular contractions, with bone spurs forming at the ends of the tight...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck Curve, cervical curve, posture pump
cervical curve, posture pump, neck curve: Hello, Lisa, You can t rely on a posture pump to change the curve in your neck. The curve in your neck isn t a curve in your neck; it s muscular tension in your neck, controlled by your brain as a conditioning or learned pattern of movement and position....

Back and Neck Injury: Need to understand what the MRI report says and what my condition is, disc bulge, MRI
disc bulge, MRI, chiropractic: Dear Jefferson, This is actually pretty clear cut and easy to understand when you define the terms and have an illustration to visualize...let me explain. The disc is a small fibrous and gelatinous shock absorber which is located between vertebra in...

Back and Neck Injury: neck and back mri, MRI, disc
MRI, disc, bulge: Dear Lorna, This is all about terminology. Physicians/anatomists, etc... have their code of terminology and when you know what the words mean, you can understand the information, so lets define some terms. C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, C6, C7: the numeration...

Back and Neck Injury: neck pain into arm, DJD, numbness
DJD, numbness, tingling: Dear JON, The findings you have on x-ray point to the fact that this problem has been long standing. Reversal of the lordosis(normal curve) of the neck is a serious issue (even though many doctors see it as trivial). This places increased abnormal stress...

Back and Neck Injury: Posterior Central Disc Protrusion at L5/S1, disc bulge, disc herniation
disc bulge, disc herniation, thoracic disc herniation: Hello, Adil Farooq, Disc protrusions commonly result from excessive muscular tension in the neighboring back muscles over a long period of time. Although surgery and medication are common treatments, central to the situation is the muscular tension and...

Back and Neck Injury: what to do with my back!!! please help me!, back muscle spasms, pulled muscle
back muscle spasms, pulled muscle, free somatic exercises: Hi, Emilie, Pulled muscle really means muscle spasm . Yes, I think it s that. They don t go away ; there is no away . They relax and that frees your movement and breathing. However, you may need to do some movement training to get specific...

Back and Neck Injury: Sacralization, low back pain, lower back pain
low back pain, lower back pain, stretches: Hello, Sean. Your report on your results from stretching is consistent with my understanding. Let me point you to the write-ups I ve done on stretching and on back pain. http://somatics.com/stretch.htm (a different approach, altogether, clarifies...

Back and Neck Injury: siatic nerve pain, migraine, headaches
migraine, headaches, sciatica: Hello, Allison, Making an educated guess, I think your spinal tap (those are painful, aren t they?) triggered some reflexive muscular cramping in the muscles along your spine, which, compressing nerve roots, produced the pain down your leg. Try doing...

Back and Neck Injury: Worried about my husband!, spine curves, harrington rods
spine curves, harrington rods, bone deformity: Hello, Mary Jane, If your husband elects to go the medical route before the more conservative, less expensive and easire somatic approach ... well, you know my opinion on that. I can t comment on recovery times for surgeries; my job is to make surgeries...

Back and Neck Injury: broken c7, displaced fracture, bone stimulator
displaced fracture, bone stimulator, calcium intake: Sonny, Sorry to hear about your car wreck and the issues following the accident. Some ideas to help with the healing would be to increase your calcium intake, talk to a nutritionist about other natural sources of vitamins that could increase bone production...

Back and Neck Injury: C5-C6, central canal stenosis, mild facet hypertrophy
central canal stenosis, mild facet hypertrophy, arm numbness: You have arthritis in your neck, and the disc has pushed out to the left side. A combination of these things is causing narrowing of the space where your nerve exits the spine. This will often cause neck pain as well as pain that refers into the shoulder and...

Back and Neck Injury: Cervical injury w/ vertigo, disc bulge, lower back pain
disc bulge, lower back pain, annular tear: Mike, I would go and see a vascular doctor for the hypotension. For the related muscular pains I would go and see an neurologist and/or a physiatrist. Fibromyalgia does not seem to be what you are experiencing. Are you experiencing any headaches? Did...

Back and Neck Injury: c5 c6 fusion and a year later tingling in fingers, minor muscles, scalene muscles
minor muscles, scalene muscles, tingling in fingers: Kim, If you are a year post-operative, it is unlikely that you messed up your fusion. Since the time that you rolled your neck, have you had an increase in the range of motion in your neck? If you have, then maybe you altered the fusion. The tingling...

Back and Neck Injury: cervicalspine, neural foramina, muscle spasm
neural foramina, muscle spasm, clinical correlation: Hi Vince, It means your normal curve of the spine looking at it from the side is straighter than normal which will accelerate osteoarthritis due to the added stress on the joints of the neck. The encroachment implies that either there is a twist or subluxation...

Back and Neck Injury: chronic back and neck pain, back and muscle pain, spasm
back and muscle pain, spasm, lower back: Hello, Kathy. It all reduces down to this simplicity: you have tight muscles along the length of your spine that cause compression of the discs, resulting in bulges, nerve entrapment (tingling and radiating pain), degeneration of the discs from long-term...

Back and Neck Injury: Lower back pain, tempurpedic mattress, lower back pain
tempurpedic mattress, lower back pain, circulation problem: Gale, Sorry to hear about your lower back pain and the symptoms in the legs you are feeling. Yes, the lower back can cause the tingly feeling in the legs and sporadic pain. You say you sleep with a pillow between you legs, but is it only between you knees...

Back and Neck Injury: lumbar disc L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, facet hypertrophy, facet joints
facet hypertrophy, facet joints, disc bulge: Aletta, What this all means is that you have had some changes to the vertebral bodies of the spine. The lumbar area is made up of 5 vertebral bodies stacked on top of one another. With age, trauma, or bad mechanics we can develop disc herniations or...

Back and Neck Injury: Mid Back Pain, deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy
deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, joint mobilization: Find a good massage therapist or soft tissue specialist. If the MRI shows little evidence of anything that could be the main source of the pain, there is usually some kind of chronic soft tissue problem. The muscles and fascia can be the source of pain and...

Back and Neck Injury: Mild disc bulge- Is it ok to do gym workouts? (MRI report attached), topical pain reliever, pain in the left arm
topical pain reliever, pain in the left arm, hot water bottle: Kushal, By having you stop your weight training of the pecs and biceps, it will not make the disc bulge disappear. What it will do is give your posterior scapular muscles time to gain some strength to help restore balance to your body. Like I was telling...

Back and Neck Injury: MRI findings, foraminal stenosis, neural foramina
foraminal stenosis, neural foramina, shoulder and arm pain: Michelle, From what you have written here in the MRI report, it does not look like anything here would be the major cause of your shoulder and arm pain. If you have had numerous dislocations and 4 repair attempts, that seems more likely to be the cause...

Back and Neck Injury: back and neck pain, lower back pain, tightness
lower back pain, tightness, trauma: The issue that you are describing in regards to having to bring your knees up to your chest to sleep, or walking hunched over has a lot to do with tight hip flexors. Does your job include sitting for long periods of time? When you were in physical therapy,...

Back and Neck Injury: numbness, tibialis muscle, nerve branches
tibialis muscle, nerve branches, anterior tibialis: Clementine, It could be a couple of things. Number one have you changed anything as far as a workout routine, increased cardio exercise, changed sleeping positions or type of work? Any trauma, sprained ankle, change if footwear? It could be an irritation...

Back and Neck Injury: Pre neck surgery, s1 nerve root, l5 s1 disc
s1 nerve root, l5 s1 disc, shoulder muscles: Linda, From the sounds of the surgeon, it sounds like he doesn t care much and would not be a great choice for you. Since you don t have spondylothesis or any other major issue pressing on the spinal cord I would work on postural exercises, like strengthening...

Back and Neck Injury: pain reliPlease, s1 nerve root, foraminal encroachment
s1 nerve root, foraminal encroachment, disc protrusion: Deanna, So this MRI was done a year ago, now daily you feel pain down the legs to the back of your knee, numbness to where? I don t necessarily say that you need another $3000 MRI. Have you gone to physical therapy? Your MRI does show from the report...

Back and Neck Injury: painful burning upper back pain, back and muscle pain, spasm
back and muscle pain, spasm, upper back pain: Hello, Dan. Your need to crack your upper back and neck indicates that you had tight muscles that caused you discomfort. The strong stretch you gave yourself put those muscles into spasm. To clear up the problem, you need to free the spasm. Please...

Back and Neck Injury: shoulder & neck pain, facet hypertrophy, brachial plexus
facet hypertrophy, brachial plexus: I do not believe the hypertrophic facet changes in your neck would cause the severe shoulder and arm pain. Since you do not have any neural foraminal stenosis, it seems more likely that the brachial plexus neuroma or possible nerve impingement as a complication...

Back and Neck Injury: Worried with questions requarding my mri and pain, MRI, lower back pain
MRI, lower back pain, headaches: Kristie, I am sorry you are in so much pain. In essence, your MRI states you have small amounts of disc bulging at L1-L2, L4-5 and at L5-S1. Your L5-S1 disc has bulging , is putting pressure on the nerve root on the left and the hole in which the...

Back and Neck Injury: Back/buttock pain, rock climbing wall, shredded rubber
rock climbing wall, shredded rubber, gluts: Jacqueline, From your description, it sounds like maybe you strained one of your glut muscles which is why activity seems to help and no activity makes it worse. If you experience any numbness, tingling or instability of your pelvis, go to the Dr. immediately....

Back and Neck Injury: c-spine laser surgery, c spine, spine fusion
c spine, spine fusion, laser surgeries: Linda, Of all the patients that I have seen in the last 10 years, I have not had anyone who has had this laser surgery. When I was doing my residency for physical therapy, the military was doing laser surgeries to help with shoulder instability problems....

Back and Neck Injury: mri results C, T and Lower Back, c spine, back surgeries
Back and Neck Injury: mri results C, T and Lower Back, c spine, back surgeries, pain meds

Back and Neck Injury: Head Injury, care physician, lumps
care physician, lumps, head injury: Christina, You should go to the ER or your primary care physician right away. You probably have a concussion. You should have those lumps checked out because you DO NOT want to have a cranial bleed and have something more serious become apparent. Please...

Back and Neck Injury: lying bicycle?, bicycle crunches, hip flexors
bicycle crunches, hip flexors, cardio workout: Sue, I m not sure how you are lying behind the bike and using it like a recumbent bike. Are you able to lie behind the bike with your back completely flat and your are able to reach the pedals to make it go around in circles? As long as your back is completely...

Back and Neck Injury: MRI of the cervical spine - results, neural foraminal stenosis, cervical spine
neural foraminal stenosis, cervical spine, spinal nerve: Jette, What the MRI is saying is this: At C3-4 - there is some extra bone growth or spurring but without causing any closing or compromise to the foraminal canal or area where the nerves exit. At C4-5 - there is extra bone growth or spurring with left...

Back and Neck Injury: MRI of Lumbar, l4 l5, disc protrusion
l4 l5, disc protrusion, facet joints: David, What it reads to me is that you have a chronic or long standing protruding or bulging disc at L1-2 and L4-5. You do not have any increase or change in the narrowing of the canals as compared to your previous scan. There is moderate narrowing of...

Back and Neck Injury: What do my MRI of the Lumbar Spine mean?, lumbar spinal stenosis, thecal sac
lumbar spinal stenosis, thecal sac, spinal cord lesions: Haskell, What this MRI report says is that your L1-3 vertebraes are good, but at L4-5 you have a disc herniation or protrusion to the right that is narrowing the hole in which the nerve exits. At L5-S1 you have a little disc bulging and some degeneration...

Back and Neck Injury: mri results C, T and Lower Back, neck pain, mid back pain and lower back pain
neck pain, mid back pain and lower back pain: Jeff, There is a lot going on in this MRI. I hope I can help give you some advice that will help relieve some of your symptoms. Since you have had a fusion at C5-C7, it is very common for the joints above and below the fusion to have additional stress...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck Cracking, neck muscles, gentle movements
neck muscles, gentle movements, chiro: Jeff, If you don t trust chiropractors, I would not go back to them, because if they are going to manipulate your neck and you don t relax, it will do more harm then good. You need to trust someone and allow the neck muscles to relax in order to have someone...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck Injury, neck pain, car accident
neck pain, car accident, numbness and tingling: Jessica, I m sorry to here about your car accident and that the PT you received could not make the pain go away. The car accident could have caused the DJD and the bone spurs, but it also depends on your family history and your posture. If you have a...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck and Back pain, physical medicine and rehabilitation, clinical correlation
physical medicine and rehabilitation, clinical correlation, physiatrist: Shannon, What kind of doctor are you dealing with right now? Ask for a referral to a physiatrist. A physiatrist deals with physical medicine and rehabilitation and works closely with physical therapists. Ask you MD for a follow up MRI because you are...

Back and Neck Injury: Back Pain, neural foramina, ligamentum flavum
neural foramina, ligamentum flavum, mri report: Sudhir, The MRI report just shows why you might be having some pain going down your legs, but it would not be the reason why you have back pain. Most of the spine surgeons that I talk to say that when they do spinal surgery, they are doing it to remove...

Back and Neck Injury: Persistent neck pain over 6 months, studying computer science, right scapula
studying computer science, right scapula, noticeable difference: Mark, From your description it sounds like you are doing the right things by stretching your neck, seeing a PT for massage and acupuncture. The one big missing piece is strengthening your scapular muscles. You stretch out your pecs and neck muscles which...

Back and Neck Injury: Back pain 3 months after fall, erector spinae muscles, shoulder blade
erector spinae muscles, shoulder blade, buttcheek: Amber, I can be a muscle strain, but it could also be more serious. Go back to the medics or see if you can be seen by a MD. It could be that you have spondylothesis of one of the thoracic verterbrae, a rib issue that is causing one of the erector spinae...

Back and Neck Injury: Symptoms of disc desiccation / facet joint DJD, central disc protrusion, disc space narrowing
central disc protrusion, disc space narrowing, long periods of time: Ian, The pain you are experiencing down your legs does not seem to be totally related to your MRI results. Your MRI says you have mild protrusion at L-5-S1, but without narrowing or spinal stenosis. What did you do in physical therapy and chiropractor?...

Back and Neck Injury: loss of cervical lordosis, spine journal, cadavers
Back and Neck Injury: loss of cervical lordosis, spine journal, cadavers, xrays

Back and Neck Injury: Low back pain, arthropathy, narrowed disc space
arthropathy, narrowed disc space, back pain: Hi, Joel. It means your back muscles are so tight that they are compressing discs and the contact surfaces between vertebrae. It also suggests that your abdominal muscles are also too tight. You may read more at http://somatics.com/back_pain.htm...

Back and Neck Injury: loss of cervical lordosis, loss of cervical lordosis, cheek bones
loss of cervical lordosis, cheek bones, pain thanks: Sharon, Well improved posture and increased strength of your postural muscles can help improve your cervical lordosis. It may not return to the exact same as it was 25 years ago, but you can definitely improve it. Learning to strengthen the muscles surrounding...

Back and Neck Injury: upper back pain, pec muscles, muscle inflammation
pec muscles, muscle inflammation, bone fracture: If you had actually fractured the bone, you would have pain all the time, not just with sitting after a while. It sounds like to me that you have tight pec muscles and weak posterior scapular muscles. I say that because it takes time for your pec muscles...

Back and Neck Injury: low back pain/mri scan translation, groin area, lumbar spine
groin area, lumbar spine, nerve root: You have less space in the spine for your nerve to breathe if you will. A grade 1 spondylolisthesis means the fifth vertebrae has moved forward on top of the sacrum (this creates less space for the nerve). You also have some arthritic changes and disc degeneration...

Back and Neck Injury: Manual therapy on neck caused temp blindness, muscular contractions, lawrence gold
muscular contractions, lawrence gold, muscle tension: Hello, Kim. The manipulations of the therapist may have caused a momentary pressure on a blood vessel to the visual part of your brain. Neck pain usually indicates muscular contractions, which are, in my opinion, best and most quickly relieved by somatic...

Back and Neck Injury: Thoracic burning!, c spine, base of my skull
c spine, base of my skull, osteophyte complex: Brenda, it sounds to me like you have a thoracic disc herniation. I had a patient with almost the exact same symptoms you re describing. An MRI would confirm this, but go with your neurologist s recommendations - he may want to order plain films first and...

Back and Neck Injury: Chronic low back pain, sciatica, lower back pain
sciatica, lower back pain, chronic low back pain: Hello, Mihajlo, Surgery is a desperation measure for sciatica. It s too soon for that. May I direct you to my article on sciatica at http://somatics.com/sciaticasymptoms-piriformissyndrome.htm for some understanding. You say nerve damage...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck injury, disc, CBP
disc, CBP, rehab: Dear Avi, Your symptoms although frightening to you are more common that you think. I see this a lot in practice and treat it similar to the PT s you are seeing, but with some differences. The problems I see with what you are doing though is that it is...

Back and Neck Injury: Thoracic DDD, Cervical DDD, thoracic DDD
Cervical DDD, thoracic DDD: Dear Mark, Very simply, YES is the answer. All military are subject to increased postural loads in the course of their training and duties, but pilots (fixed wing, jet and rotor) are subject to ever increasing forces in flight as well due to experiencing...

Back and Neck Injury: advice on disc bulge, disc bulge, back pain
disc bulge, back pain, MRI: Hello, Rakesh, The report you attached indicates two conditions: 1) loss of normal lumbar curve 2) posterior disc bulge Both conditions commonly follow from muscular contractions in the trunk causing spinal shortening and disc compression, which can...

Back and Neck Injury: awful pain in 8 areas, central disc protrusion, degenerative disc disease
central disc protrusion, degenerative disc disease, s1 nerve root: Renee, you have some chronic conditions that are irreversible so you will have a certain amount of discomfort unfortunately. In my experience, a combination of physical/manual therapy combined with pain management, cognitive behavioral therapy and medication...

Back and Neck Injury: Disc Dessication, disc dessication, neck pain
disc dessication, neck pain, back neck pain: Hi, Mike. Climbing could be contributing to the problem, given the very high state of muscular tension that climbing cultivates. The dessication shows what happens when neck muscles get and stay contracted for a long time. The contractions are the pertinent...

Back and Neck Injury: extreme pain, back neck pain, back pain
back neck pain, back pain, back pain sciatica: Yes, Sara, there may be a direct connection between your urinary tract infection and your back pain. The pain of a UTI may trigger muscular contractions in the area and that may be the origin of the pain. However, the kidneys are not in the lower back,...

Back and Neck Injury: Back pain, pepper corns, home remedies for back pain
Back and Neck Injury: Back pain, pepper corns, home remedies for back pain, mustard oil

Back and Neck Injury: L4-5 central L5-S1 Lower back pain w/Annular Tear, disc protrusion, back pain
disc protrusion, back pain, L4-5 central L5-S1 Lower back pain w/Annular Tear: Hello, Kenny. Cortizone is used as an anti-inflammatory -- and it has the effect of causing connecting tissue to break down, something not disclosed, commonly. So, no, I don t think cortizone shots will help: I think they will hinder healing. Spinal...

Back and Neck Injury: Lower Back Pain, chronic back pain, lumbar stenosis
chronic back pain, lumbar stenosis, laminectomy: Mark, you have to accept the fact that you have certain permanent and irreversible changes in your spine. Consequently, you will have varying amounts of pain from time to time, and you will have good days and you will have bad days. The key here is to now...

Back and Neck Injury: liteheadedness, nerve roots, shoulder surgeries
nerve roots, shoulder surgeries, neck tension: Hi, Dale. About the first link, try again; if necessary, cut and paste the entire link into a browser address line; it worked when I tried it. About regaining the use of your leg, it s possible; others have overcome more difficult limitations from stroke....

Back and Neck Injury: lower back injury, fall at work, back pain, spondylosis
back pain, spondylosis, spondylitic disc bulging: Hi, Edie. I think the orthopedist is right, that it s muscular, but it s not a strain ; it s a reflexive contraction of muscular caused by the shock and blow of the fall. It s called Trauma Reflex . In trauma reflex, muscles other than, but related...

Back and Neck Injury: mri- understanding condition, back pain, disc fusions
back pain, disc fusions: Hello, Lori, The loss of signal may result from the surgery -- or from muscular contractions that led to the problems, to begin with. Disc fusions are needed when discs disintegrate, usually due to overcompression from tight spinal muscles pulling vertebrae...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck and Shoulder Pain, neck pain, shoulder pain
neck pain, shoulder pain, neck and shoulder pain: Hello, Bergeron. Stiffness means tight muscles. Since your Physical Therapy exercise has been unsuccessful in training your muscular control so the tight muscles relax, I offer you a better alternative: somatic exercises. May I direct you to...

Back and Neck Injury: Back pain, back pain, shooting pains
back pain, shooting pains, numbness: Hello, Elizabeth. I can t answer for the reasoning of others. Something you say mystifies me: You say you can move the gumball-sized ball around. How do you do that? Ordinarily, back pain results from muscular contractions formed by injury or stress....

Back and Neck Injury: sharp head pains, head pain, headaches
head pain, headaches, neuralgic pain: Hello, Glenda. Neuralgic pain commonly comes from tight muscles; that may be the case for your daughter. If that is the case, somatic training can alleviate/end the pain. May I direct you to information I have provided: http://somatics.com/headaches.htm...

Back and Neck Injury: suggestions for back-friendly office chairs?, herman miller chairs, office chairs
herman miller chairs, office chairs, ergonomic furniture: The ability to make many different adjustments are always a plus. Herman Miller chairs are a good choice, and you generally get what you pay for. However, keep this in mind too - sitting, no matter how good the chair is will still put stress on your neck and...

Back and Neck Injury: I want to know my opions and understanding whats in my MRI report., osteophytes, disc protrusions
osteophytes, disc protrusions, numbness: Hello, Sarah. Disc protrusions, osteophytes, and numbness point to nerve impingement by tight neck muscles. Osteophytes are bone spurs induced, I believe, by prolonged muscular pulls drawing bone growth along the line of pull. The stenosis may or may...

Back and Neck Injury: Cat Scan, central canal stenosis, moderate central canal stenosis
central canal stenosis, moderate central canal stenosis, thecal sac: Sorry for being a bit late in answering your question. Flexion/Distraction is the Gold standard for non-invasive reduction of disc bulges. Find a DC near you that has F/D tables and make an appointment. I suggest you Google it first to learn about it ahead...

Back and Neck Injury: Hamstring/Back Pains, low back pain, lower back pain
low back pain, lower back pain, piriformis syndrome: Hello, Jordan. If your hamstrings won t stretch out, then they are not flexible. With regard to sciatica, it s possibly mild sciatica. Please see my write-up: http://somatics.com/sciaticasymptoms-piriformissyndrome.htm Low back pain indicates...

Back and Neck Injury: MRI results, neck/shoulder pain, neck and shoulder pain, disc protrusion
neck and shoulder pain, disc protrusion, back pain: Hi, Terry, I can t give you insight as to what the treatment a neurosurgeon will decide upon. However, what s in store for you depends upon the choice you make. Here s the telling line in the MRI report: There is no abnormal signal within the cord....

Back and Neck Injury: Neck and throat tightness & swelling, Neck and throat tightness & swelling
Neck and throat tightness & swelling: Hello, Jordan, The rubber bands feeling and your chiropractor s comment about the muscles getting a good workout point to the same thing: muscles in contraction. The swallowing muscles of the throat, when in spasm, create the lump feeling. The...

Back and Neck Injury: Question about symptoms i'm experiencing after 5 years after broken neck, symptoms after broken neck, difficulty swallowing
symptoms after broken neck, difficulty swallowing, neck and shoulder pain: Hi, Kimberly, I can account for some of your symptoms: [intense neck, back, head, and shoulder pain] Injuries trigger a reflexive muscular reaction, a guarding reaction known as Trauma Reflex . In the neck, it s a bracing response that can be intense...

Back and Neck Injury: cervical injury, Nerve impingement
Nerve impingement: I would have to agree with you as well. It could be a cervical disc bulge/herniation compressing a nerve root, or it could be a peripheral nerve entrapment (ulnar nerve) causing your symptoms. Keep paying attention to your postures and keep doing the stretches...

Back and Neck Injury: Disc Compressionn - Lower Back Pain, McKenzie back exercise for lumbar disc
McKenzie back exercise for lumbar disc : Sitting makes disc injuries worse because of the compressive forces it puts on your spinal column. I have found patients do well when they take frequent breaks from sitting and do McKenzie back extension exercises periodically during the day. Here is a...

Back and Neck Injury: Disc Compressionn - Lower Back Pain, back and muscle pain, spasm
back and muscle pain, spasm, lower back: Dear Srinivas, Your doctor s recommendation of exercises was a sound one -- but the exercises did not take you all the way, possibly because of their design. The most common reason for disc bulges is tight back muscles, which compress the spine. Loss...

Back and Neck Injury: mid back pain, mid back pain, rib cartilage
mid back pain, rib cartilage, lawrence gold: Hello, Rick. Recommendations: Locate and get sessions with a Hanna somatic educator, who specializes in freeing muscles triggered by injury, repetitive use, and stress. Hanna somatic education is a training process the produces rapid, lasting improvements....

Back and Neck Injury: mri results, disc bulge, nerve impingement
disc bulge, nerve impingement, disc herniation: Hello, Diane. You have disc bulges (herniations) and vertebral breakdown -- both the typical result of tight spinal muscles. Surgery is not appropriate. To retrain the muscles to ease them out of contraction is the appropriate course of action. May...

Back and Neck Injury: Narrowing of foreamen post injury, disc protrusion, back pain
disc protrusion, back pain, C4-5: Hello, Stuart. What doctors almost always miss in this kind of situation is the muscular contractions triggered by the injury around the site of injury. Such muscular contractions commonly persist indefinitely and worsen with accumulated stress periods...

Back and Neck Injury: neck, clinical somatic education, disc bulges
clinical somatic education, disc bulges, somatic educator: Hello, Linda. The MRI report restates what we have discussed, so my answer is the same. You may feel the bones of your neck from the back -- but I doubt, from the side or front. If you re entire neck musculature is relaxed when lying down, your problem...

Back and Neck Injury: back pain ect, nerve impingement, tingling hands
nerve impingement, tingling hands, burning legs: Hello, Derek. I d suggest you learn about nerve impingements and what it takes to clear them up. With the right approach, it goes rather quickly. Nerve impingement usually comes from overtight muscles compressing the nerves. May I direct you to:...

Back and Neck Injury: lower back issues, facet injections, flexion distraction
facet injections, flexion distraction, l4 l5 disc: Hi Fletch, Get ready for a fourth opinion, spine surgery ends bad, period. Find a Chiro with a Flexion/ Distraction (F/D) table. Ruptured, herniated and bulging discs respond in a few weeks. This treatment has been around for some time and is considered...

Back and Neck Injury: neck pain, neck pain, popping neck
neck pain, popping neck, headaches: Hello, Heather. Your neck is tight. That s why you ve had enough discomfort to want to pop it. A tight neck commonly generates headaches and less commonly, generates dizziness. See http://somatics.com/conditions.htm for more on headaches and dizziness....

Back and Neck Injury: back pain, low back pain, compression fracture
low back pain, compression fracture, pain from fall: Hello, Robyn, People have a universal response to pain or injury: We tighten up. Such tightness may last indefinitely unless corrected through proper training (not stretching or strengthening). Tight muscles generate pain (soreness) that would not...

Back and Neck Injury: consultancy, back pain, paravertebral muscles spasms
back pain, paravertebral muscles spasms, back muscle spasms: Hello, AH. Paravertebral muscle spasms result from conditioning of the brain and muscular system usually caused by long-term stress or repetitive movement patterns or from injury. It is a habituation of muscular contraction; the pain comes from muscle...

Back and Neck Injury: Back and Neck pain, back and neck pain, headaches
back and neck pain, headaches, frequent urination: Hello, Bea. Disc protrusions and loss of function indicate very tight spinal musculature at the level of the protrusions and involved nerve roots. Tight spinal muscular typically results from injuries that trigger protective muscular reflexes, which...

Back and Neck Injury: DDD, Bertolotti's, SIJ, ED, Hypermobility, migraine headaches, urinary incontinence
migraine headaches, urinary incontinence, degenerative disc disease: Well, Ken, this all simplifies down pretty well: Your whole spinal musculature, including your neck, is in a state of contraction. That accounts for disc degeneration, hypermobility , disc herniations, neck strain and nerve impingement with sensory loss,...

Back and Neck Injury: annular tear at L4-5 level and disc bulge., fall on tailbone, fall on coccyx
fall on tailbone, fall on coccyx, fall down stairs: Hello, Victoria. All painful accidents cause the same kind of response, a cringing or tightening of muscles related to movements of the afflicted region. Please see the entry, below: http://somatic.com/recovery_from_injury.htm You fell on your...

Back and Neck Injury: LOWER BACK PAIN, back pain, lower back pain
back pain, lower back pain, back pains: Hello, Carolyn, All painful accidents cause the same kind of response, a cringing or tightening of muscles related to movements of the afflicted region. Your fall triggered that response ( Trauma Reflex). You are contracted in your back muscles, and...

Back and Neck Injury: Mystery Thoracic Spine Pain, thoracic pain between shoulder blades
thoracic pain between shoulder blades: Hello, Terry, It s not that nothing showed up on your MRI; it s that the radiologist doesn t know how to recognize the neuromuscular reflexive action triggered by incidents such as you one you experienced. It s called, Trauma Reflex and it involves muscles...

Back and Neck Injury: back injury, ventral thecal sac, neuroforaminal stenosis
ventral thecal sac, neuroforaminal stenosis, compression fractures: Jennifer, Did the MRI say anything about how many millimeters retropulsion there was? From the limited description it does not seem like you will be having surgery. Most likely they will wait and allow the fractures to heal and if the retropulsion is...

Back and Neck Injury: L5-S1, good body mechanics, methocarbomal
good body mechanics, methocarbomal, strenuous labor: Jason, What the NP was talking about when she said that the degeneration was normal because of your age is that as we age and based on your occupation, degeneration happens in the spine. The L5-S1 nerve groups innervate the bottom of your foot and the...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck Pain and Dizziness, dizziness, nerve impingement
dizziness, nerve impingement, whiplash injury: Yes -- it s obvious to me: Your neck muscles went into contraction. ... causing nerve compression. That accounts for the neck pain, hand weakness and pain in your left arm. This WOULD show up on an MRI -- but doctors/radiologist might not notice it because...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck Pain - Is it for the rest of my life?, neck pain and headaches, cervical curve
neck pain and headaches, cervical curve, migraine attack: Monika, I m sorry you have been through so much. It seems to me from your descriptions that any manipulation to the neck and spine cause your muscles to go into a protective state. Have you ever tried ice at the base of your skull for 5 minutes? Does...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck and Thoracic injury, alpine crossing, facet joint
alpine crossing, facet joint, thoracic spine: Julia, Wow, that is a lot of trauma to your upper back area over the last couple of years. After reading through everything you put down, one of the biggest issues that I am noticing is that your are probably tight in your chest muscles. You have been...

Back and Neck Injury: Questions about cervical spine bulge and effacing, pinched nerve, disc bulges
pinched nerve, disc bulges: Hi, Jennifer, Disc bulges and nerve impingements (numbness) come from the same cause: tight and musclebound neck/spinal muscles. Your husband s workouts have been a little too successful, when it comes to increasing muscle tone. He can recover from...

Back and Neck Injury: Back Injury, back pain, loss of disc space
back pain, loss of disc space, facet joint degenerative changes: Hello, Kristina. The findings of the x-rays are not causes, but effects; the cause is excessively contracted back muscles, which compress discs (loss of disc space) and facet joints (degenerative changes). You are experiencing, not an injury, but long-term...

Back and Neck Injury: MRI of cervical spine, neck pain, MRI
neck pain, MRI, disc protrusion: This report indicates beginning appearance of bone spurs and minor disc protrusion -- both of which are insignificant in themselves but which indicate tight neck muscles -- which themselves would cause pain though muscular soreness. For more detail, would...

Back and Neck Injury: Broken neck and numbness in arms, numbness in arms, nerve roots
numbness in arms, nerve roots, nerve irritation: Numbness is an indication of nerve irritation. It is quite possible that one of the nerve roots in your neck is being pinched or compressed when you turn your neck. This may eventually resolve with time and some physical therapy may be helpful, but this is...

Back and Neck Injury: Cervical rib - Yoga?, thoracic outlet syndrome, cervical rib
thoracic outlet syndrome, cervical rib: Sounds like you have what is known as thoracic outlet syndrome. The cervical rib and surrounding muscles are pinching down on the nerves that exit the neck and enter the arm (brachial plexus). Numbness and pain in the upper extremities is a common symptom....

Back and Neck Injury: construction job cuasing pain, core exercises for back pain
core exercises for back pain: Sounds like you might be suffering from a lumbar disc problem, and disc bulges or herniations can even affect people with strong core muscles. McKenzie exercises (spinal extension) exercises can help stabilize and strengthen the lumbar spine and would be a...

Back and Neck Injury: neck pops and cracks, disc herniation, neck injury
disc herniation, neck injury, pain in shoulder: Hello, Jill. The missing piece in understanding such injuries is the muscular contractions that ensue. Protective muscular contractions are an automatic, reflexive response to injuries -- including neck injury. No further damage need to have occurred...

Back and Neck Injury: Severe back pain & Cat scan?, back pain, loss of disc space
back pain, loss of disc space, facet joint degenerative changes: Hi, Tiffiney, Well, sounds like you ve been through the mill . (Sigh) There is a way that is so much easier. If you were my client, I expect it would be something like one or two weeks to be mostly or completely out of pain. I ll say more at the...

Back and Neck Injury: upper back pain, rib injury, costovertebral joint
rib injury, costovertebral joint: Sounds like it could be a rib injury. The area where the rib meets the spine is called the costovertebral joint and can be a source of pain as well. Go back to the chiropractor and have him re-evaluate. X-rays or a CT scan may be in order to rule out a possible...

Back and Neck Injury: wedge fracture, motorcycle accident, kyphoplasty
motorcycle accident, kyphoplasty, mri scan: Yes, absolutely. Keep in mind that wedge fractures can be very painful, and you may need to have a procedure known as a kyphoplasty or vertebroplasty done to minimize your pain. Further imaging can certainly rule out damage to other areas of anatomy that may...

Back and Neck Injury: Cervical: Neck Pain, osteophytes, neck curve reversal
osteophytes, neck curve reversal, cervical neck pain: Hello, Pawan. Avoid surgery. It misses the point. Your neck muscles are highly contracted, causing reversal of the normal neck curve, disc compression, nerve impingement (hand pain), and the growth of bone spurs (osteophytes) at muscular attachment...

Back and Neck Injury: Balance disorder, balance disorder, tinnitus
balance disorder, tinnitus, neck injury: Hi, Steve, I could hardly have said it better, myself. What you have described is called cervicogenic dizziness . I suggest three options to normalize your neck muscle functioning and attendant symptoms: * sessions with a Hanna somatic educator...

Back and Neck Injury: head and neck pain, head and neck pain, trauma reflex
head and neck pain, trauma reflex, pain in neck: Hello, Donna, In answer to your question, in a word, yes. Even injuries long ago prime the body to tighten up in ways related to the injuries. If you wish, I can make a recommendation for relief. In the meantime, I m suggesting the following more...

Back and Neck Injury: Back injury, complex regional pain syndrome
complex regional pain syndrome: Hard to say what is going on if all your imaging studies are normal. It almost sounds like you have a healing, mild spinal cord injury if you are getting the pins and needles pain from the inside along with the throbbing pain. There is something called Complex...

Back and Neck Injury: muscle strain?, muscle strain, buttock spasm
muscle strain, buttock spasm: Hi, Tori. For convenience, I have interleaved my answers within your question: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ It sounded crackling when I turned it and I thought that might be causing my dizziness. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ That s a sign of tight neck muscles. ...

Back and Neck Injury: Back problem - Cauda equina syndrome?, cauda equina syndrome
cauda equina syndrome: I think there is high likelihood that you have a herniated or bulging disc in your lumbar spine. As you mentioned, the only thing that will clearly show this an MRI. While cauda equina syndrome is a medical emergency, I think it may be a little premature to...

Back and Neck Injury: Recent Back Injury, loss of reflexes, tingling
loss of reflexes, tingling, numbness: Hello, Jessica, The reason reflexes have gone and you have pins and needles is that reflexes and sensation require nerve conduction -- the ability of nerves to conduct the electrical impulses that communicate between the brain and muscles. Tight muscles...

Back and Neck Injury: degenerative disc disease, herniated and buldging discs, bulging buldging discs, herniated discs
bulging buldging discs, herniated discs, spinal decompression: Hello, Jennifer. My offering is better than medication. First a few words. The bulging discs and sciatica are symptomatic of one thing: very tight spinal extensor (back) muscles. No medication can significantly help with that nor, as you have found,...

Back and Neck Injury: Lumbar disc problems, disc bulge, spinal stenosis
disc bulge, spinal stenosis, nerve root entrapment: Hi, Jim. First thing: while disc problems and stenosis might seem to outrank muscular contractions as causes of the pain, it s actually the reverse: muscular contractions cause disc problems and stenosis is often not the cause of the pain, since as muscular...

Back and Neck Injury: Back Pain, back pain, displaced discs
back pain, displaced discs, ruptured discs: Hello, Michael, To answer your closing question first, yes, I do have a suggestion: Please read my writing on this condition: http://somatics.com/chronic_back_pain.htm Neither surgery nor drugs can effectively address pain of tight muscles, which...

Back and Neck Injury: Brain scarring and chronic pain, spinal muscles, lawrence gold
spinal muscles, lawrence gold, brain injury: Hi, Christine. I don t think so. A brain injury generally causes paralysis or loss of sensory awareness. More likely, the incident that caused the brain injury triggered muscular reflex patterns of contraction in the places affected by the injurious...

Back and Neck Injury: bulging disc L4/5, bulging disc L4/5, sciatica
bulging disc L4/5, sciatica, burning in back: Hello, Jol. The time span to heal from this condition is about two weeks -- using the approach I recommend. For background, please see this link: http://somatics.com/back_pain_terms.htm and look up bulging/herniated disc on that page. Your condition...

Back and Neck Injury: L3-5 and loss of bladder control, loss of bladder control, tailbone fracture
loss of bladder control, tailbone fracture, broken coccyx: Hello, Elizabeth. RE: My G.P. said I may have a pinched nerve causing my loss of control, the bone and joint Dr. wouldn t hear of it. I agree with your G.P. The pain of the fall triggered reflexive contraction of your spinal erector muscles ( trauma...

Back and Neck Injury: L5/S1, sciatica, siatica
sciatica, siatica, sciatica symptoms: Surgery is appropriate only when a disc is ruptured. Otherwise, it s ill advised . Most sciatica results from muscular contractions of the lumbar spinal musculature and waist muscles on one side -- in your case, the right side -- which compresses the...

Back and Neck Injury: Lower back pain, back pain, displaced discs
back pain, displaced discs, ruptured discs: Hi, Danny, Most cases of back pain come from tight, fatigued, sore back muscles -- often from long-term stress; more rarely, from a violent injury. Stretching and strengthening, the usual approaches, while popular and officially recommended , bring...

Back and Neck Injury: memory loss, memory loss, migraines
memory loss, migraines, vision difficulties: Puzzles and wordfinds use only the verbal mind, which depends upon memory and the entire sensory-motor (sensation and movement) system. Somatic exercises are much better. Here s an explanation: View This! The Inner Side of Somatic Exercises http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvIhB_JBfU4...

Back and Neck Injury: neck, spinal stenosis, foraminal encroachment
spinal stenosis, foraminal encroachment, osteophytes: Hello, Ann. Despite what orthopedists and neurologists say, vertebrae don t just collapse ; they are forcibly pulled together by tight neck muscles -- which also cause the growth of osteophytes (bone spurs) along the lines of muscular pull. Your surgery...

Back and Neck Injury: neck, upper back and shoulder injury, neck, upper back and shoulder injury
neck, upper back and shoulder injury: Hello, Judi. The answer to your question, What would make the muscles remain in spasm? is Trauma Reflex. Please see this entry and then, if your friend is open, have him read it: http://somatics.com/recovery_from_injury.htm also: http://somatics.com/HSEdescription.htm...

Back and Neck Injury: Back pain, back pain, degenerative disc disease
back pain, degenerative disc disease, dessication: Hello, Saha, Degenerative Disc Disease isn t a disease, despite the name. It s the consequence of very contracted (tight) back muscles pulling vertebrae closely together. The added pressure causes discs to bulge and leads to breakdown. It s a maladaptive...

Back and Neck Injury: Back Pain and Numbness, Back Pain and Numbness
Back Pain and Numbness: Hello, Rachel, Stabbing pain in the back from movement usually comes from back muscles in spasm. You need some first aid for back pain. Please visit the following page, read and then send for the link to the somatic exercise for back pain. http://somatics.com/back_pain.htm...

Back and Neck Injury: Sciatic Nerve, sciatica, siatica
sciatica, siatica, sciatica symptoms: Hi, Roger. Basic suggestion: See my entry on the condition. Two common forms of sciatica exist, and both are brain-muscle conditioning problems that can be resolved fairly quickly with the correct (but not the standard) approach. http://somatics.com/sciaticasymptoms-piriformissyndrome.htm...

Back and Neck Injury: spinal pain, spinal pain, back pain
spinal pain, back pain, disc slip: Hello, Manish. It s not a case of disc slip; it s a case of muscle spasm in your back. Please see the following entry for explanation and access to an exercise that can free you from the pain and muscle spasm. http://somatics.com/back_pain.htm ...

Back and Neck Injury: foot problem when driving, foot pain, burning
foot pain, burning, sciatica: Hello, Albert. Nerve damage need not be the case for the foot symptom you describe; nerve compression is sufficient to cause it -- the same nerve compression that causes sciatica. In other words, foot pain is a symptom of sciatica. Your doctors addressed...

Back and Neck Injury: Back injury, spinal fixation, disc bulge
spinal fixation, disc bulge, facet joint: This could be a lot of things. You may have a mild disc bulge causing pain referral into the buttock. It could also be a simple spinal fixation or a facet joint that is causing your pain to manifest itself on the right side. You should have it evaluated if...

Back and Neck Injury: lower back pain, thecal sac indentation, conservative measures
thecal sac indentation, conservative measures, lower back pain: In simple terms, the discs in your lower back have pushed out into the area of the spine where the nerves exit. While this is not totally curable , your body has the ability to heal itself. If you give it enough time and do some of the right things you can...

Back and Neck Injury: C3,C4,C5, pinched nerve in neck, compression C3
pinched nerve in neck, compression C3, C4: Hi, Max, The first thing I would check is the state of your neck muscles. Tight muscles cause compression of discs and lead to nerve impingements, which produce the symptoms you have described. Before considering a more drastic alternative or believing...

Back and Neck Injury: Low Back Pain MRI Results, Low Back Pain MRI Results, sciatica
Low Back Pain MRI Results, sciatica, disc desiccation: Hello, Kym, These results are moderate, compared to some I have seen. re: disc desiccation and disc dehydration , those are terms for the same thing. The other results sound the same, to me. Sciatica and disc bulges indicate rather tight muscles...

Back and Neck Injury: pinched nerve in neck, pinched nerve in neck
pinched nerve in neck: Hi, Eric, I know the sensation. There is a permanent solution: retrain your control of the muscles in your neck that cause the nerve pinch, so they relax. Without a change of the resting state of tension, any manipulation from outside is only temporary...

Back and Neck Injury: Severe neck pain, Severe neck pain, bone spurs
Severe neck pain, bone spurs, cervical disc bulge: Hi, Janet. Sorry to hear of your distressing condition. Yes, I can help. Those are all symptoms of neck muscles in contraction, fatigued, and sore, with nerve impingement. Please see this write-up: http://somatics.com/whiplash.htm Invasive...

Back and Neck Injury: Constant lower back pain for two years., lower back pain relief, lower back pain remedy
lower back pain relief, lower back pain remedy, lower left back pain: Hello Elaine, First, I am very sorry to hear about your situation. I know that it cannot be easy to deal with the pain you deal with everyday. My expertise does not include which pain killer would be best for you, so I m sorry for that. However, I would...

Back and Neck Injury: disk degeneration, neck pain relief, neck pain treatment
neck pain relief, neck pain treatment, chronic neck pain: Hello Teresa, Sorry to hear about your accident, and your subsequent pain. From your description I would surmise that the C5,6,7,T1 fusion is now beginning to affect the areas above and below the fusion because those areas (T1,2 and C4,5) are having...

Back and Neck Injury: lower back, lower back pain relief, lower back pain remedy
lower back pain relief, lower back pain remedy, lower left back pain: Hi Eddie, Sorry to hear about the lower back pain. It could definitely be your mattress, especially if the discomfort is most intense in the morning. So if your mattress is a bit old, or has a big depression in it, then it will be money well spent to...

Back and Neck Injury: Lower back pain., back pain injury
back pain injury: Hi, Courtney, Two articles I have written address your question: Completing Recovery from an Injury | http://somatics.com/recovery_from_injury.htm How You Can End Your Own Back Pain | http://somatics.com/back_pain.htm They explain why your doctors...

Back and Neck Injury: lower back pain and exertion, lower back pain relief, lower back pain remedy
lower back pain relief, lower back pain remedy, lower left back pain: Hello Ellen, I m glad to hear that you recovered so well from your initial issue, but I do think I may be able to add some value here. Strengthening your core is great, but it s important to understand the difference between muscles that are actually...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck/pinched nerve?, neck pain relief, neck pain treatment
neck pain relief, neck pain treatment, chronic neck pain: Hi Chris, Sorry to hear about the body issues. The good news is that I do think there are things you can do to get rid of the tingling and numbness in your hands. I explain all of what I m about to tell you on my completely free website http://www.do-it-yourself-joint-pain-relief.com/...

Back and Neck Injury: Back pain, lower back pain relief, lower back pain remedy
lower back pain relief, lower back pain remedy, lower left back pain: Hi Patricia, Sorry to hear about your Dad. The good news is that I think I may be able help you in getting him some pain relief. I want to be clear that I don t think what I m going to recommend is going to reverse his anterolisthesis, but I think it...

Back and Neck Injury: Back pain radiating out to hip, thigh & groin, lower back pain relief, lower back pain remedy
lower back pain relief, lower back pain remedy, lower left back pain: Hi Jackie, Sorry to hear about your situation. Assuming this is NOT related to your spondylosis, since you already saw a doctor, I think there are some things you can do. If it s not your spondolysis and you didn t have any trauma to the area from...

Back and Neck Injury: dislocated rib, joint pain relief
joint pain relief: Hi Donna, I would get an x-ray first if you are in that much pain. Then if you want to have him (or someone else, perhaps) try to put it back in that would seem reasonable. Or get some soft-tissue work either from my website, or go to someone. Good...

Back and Neck Injury: Lower Back Pain, lower back pain, tight hamstrings
lower back pain, tight hamstrings, knee pain: click to hear the response | http://tinyurl.com/chjulz8 on stretching | http://somatics.com/stretch.htm not what you think on anterior pelvic tilt and lower back pain | http://somatic.com/chronic_back_pain.htm for hamstrings | http://somatics.com/hamstrings-and-knees.htm...

Back and Neck Injury: back pain, L4/L5 compression, lower back pain
L4/L5 compression, lower back pain, back muscle spasms: Hi, Alexis, First thing is to get some relief. Visit the following page and do the exercise as instructed. http://somatics.com/video_pages/12-Minute_Back_Care_video.htm Do two or three practice sessions in the next two days. Next thing is to develop...

Back and Neck Injury: Scared/Sharp pains, Neck Pain, shoulder pain
Neck Pain, shoulder pain, shoulder tension: Hi, Cristina, As to the remaining lump and soreness, both usually come from muscles in contraction. Not seeing you, directly, I can t say, for sure, but that s what they usually come from. The articles I sent you give the general course of action I...

Back and Neck Injury: upper back and severe headache aftre liwer back surgery, upper back pain relief, upper back muscle pain
upper back pain relief, upper back muscle pain, pain in upper back: Hello Marie, Sorry to hear about your neck pain and headaches. I m not sure how long ago your surgery occurred, but often times the positions we re in during recovery, or the new ways you have of moving and using your body since surgery may be causing...

Back and Neck Injury: back injury and now constipation, lower back pain relief, constipation
lower back pain relief, constipation: Dear Michelle, Dear, Sorry to hear about all your troubles. Let s see if I can be of some help. Many pain medications or muscle relaxants have constipation as a side effect, so that could be some of what is going on. Also, if you are dehydrated...

Back and Neck Injury: lower back pain, herniated discs, bulging discs
herniated discs, bulging discs, lower back pain: Hello, Imran, The best two articles I can recommend to explain your condition and give you a way out of it are here: http://somatics.com/back_pain_terms.htm (explanation) http://somatics.com/back_pain.htm (what you can do) It explains disc herniation...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck and shoulder pain, neck and shoulder pain, neck shoulder pain relief
neck and shoulder pain, neck shoulder pain relief, shoulder and neck pain: Hello Zabadeh, Sorry to hear about your pain issues. And thank you for all the details included in your question. The good news is that I do think there are things you can do to get rid of your pain and get back to living your normal life. What I...

Back and Neck Injury: Back and Spine Problems, back and spine problems, back pain
back and spine problems, back pain, stenosis: Hello, Elizabeth, Of the array of findings in the IMPRESSION section, the first four result from back muscles chronically held too tight by involuntary postural reflexes. Such tension pulls vertebrae close together, compressing discs in between. The effects...

Back and Neck Injury: xray Cervical spine, neck pain relief, neck pain treatment
neck pain relief, neck pain treatment, chronic neck pain: Hello Durried, These results seem pretty positive to me. I do not know why your x-ray was taken, if you are in pain or even how old you are, but your results are filled with words that would point to the there s nothing wrong diagnosis. The adjectives...

Back and Neck Injury: Lower Back Pain - Bulging Disc, Lower Back Pain, Bulging Disc
Lower Back Pain, Bulging Disc, leg numbness: Hello, Kim. For a correct understanding of bulging discs and back trouble, please see the following three articles: http://somatics.com/back_pain_terms.htm http://somatics.com/chronic_back_pain.htm http://somatics.com/sciaticasymptoms-piriformissyndrome.htm...

Back and Neck Injury: Lower back pian after fall, lower back pain
lower back pain: Hi, Carol, Your better question is, How can I end this pain? You re in spasm. Read: Completing Recovery from an Injury http://somatics.com/recovery_from_injury.htm I can make a program recommendation, if you ask. Your question about filing...

Back and Neck Injury: neck and headache after surgery, neck pain, headache
neck pain, headache: Hello, Jeanette, Sorry to hear of your condition. Headaches and neck pain commonly come from contracted neck muscles -- which no surgery can correct, even if it corrects for the effects of tight neck muscles -- disc overcompression and degeneration....

Back and Neck Injury: What needs to be done?, rib pain, chest pain
rib pain, chest pain: Hello, Kelly, Degenerative disc changes, scoliosis, and osteophytes (bone spurs) all result from chronic muscular contractions in the spinal musculature and muscles between ribs. Bone spurs grow along the direction of muscular pull. You haven t said...

Back and Neck Injury: my back, my back hurts, mid-back pain
my back hurts, mid-back pain: Hi, Helen, Drugs don t change muscular conditioning. You ve got a case of muscle/movement memory that keeps you tight and prone to cramping. My direct recommendation is a somatic exercise to change your muscle/movement memory, Spine Waves . If you...

Back and Neck Injury: cauda equina, sciatica
sciatica: Hello, Harry, Cauda Equina is not a disease condition; it s a feature of the anatomy of the spinal cord. Sciatica does not cause incontinence; the condition that causes sciatica may also cause incontinence: extremely tight spinal muscles that cause...

Back and Neck Injury: Lower Back Pain, Lower Back Pain, Bulging Disc
Lower Back Pain, Bulging Disc, leg numbness: Sameer, Your description and the diagnostics indicate one simple thing: you are musclebound in the lower back muscles, and prone to them going into higher contraction/tension level. Please see this write-up for more explanation: http://somatics.com/chronic_back_pain.htm...

Back and Neck Injury: DDD,lumbar spondylosis, lower back pain relief, lower back pain remedy
lower back pain relief, lower back pain remedy: Hello, Okay, so I think there is a pretty good chance that you can get back to your functional self, but you will probably have to do a little more maintenance on your body to stay in the young man s game of ironwork. Basically, you need to release...

Back and Neck Injury: Herniated disc (vertebras L5-S1), Herniated disc (vertebras L5-S1), bulging discs
Herniated disc (vertebras L5-S1), bulging discs, back pain: Hello, George, Loss of sensation occurs with nerve compression due most often to muscular contractions along the spine. The same contractions cause vertebrae to get too close together and compression of discs results (disc bulge). So, then answer to...

Back and Neck Injury: neck problems, herniated discs, bulging discs
herniated discs, bulging discs, back pain: Hi, Kay, It means that the surgery addressed only part of the problem -- the after effects, not the cause. Arthritis in the neck isn t a disease from external causes; it comes from tight neck muscles causing overcompression of the neck vertebrae, narrowing...

Back and Neck Injury: Back Pain, lower back pain, middle back pain
lower back pain, middle back pain, mid back pain: Doing the exercises I recommended will either help eliminate the problem or have no positive effect on the problem. It will not make the problem worse. If you did have a ruptured disc I believe you would be in a lot more pain than you describe (or at least...

Back and Neck Injury: shoulder pain, neck and shoulder pain, neck shoulder pain relief
neck and shoulder pain, neck shoulder pain relief, shoulder and neck pain: Hello Sebeena, The good news is that all your symptoms could be related. Shoulder and neck pain as you describe is often caused by the muscles on the side of your armpit (teres major and minor) a muscle in your armpit (subscapularis) and the on your upper...

Back and Neck Injury: back stabbing pain and tingling, tingling, neck
tingling, neck, tingling hands: Hi, John Paul, I don t think it s a back issue; I think it s a neck issue. Sounds like your neck muscles are extremely contracted -- enough to cause disc compression and nerve impingement. The neck muscles don t end at the neck, but go down the back....

Back and Neck Injury: broken neck, pain meds, hes
pain meds, hes, stomach: I hope this question is actually a joke, but just in case it is not: If he has broken C3 and C7 then THIS IS EXTREMELY SERIOUS. GO BACK TO THE HOSPITAL AND HAVE A DOCTOR TELL YOU HOW TO PROCEED. Stop whatever you re doing right now and take your son...

Back and Neck Injury: Buldging cervical discs, neck pain relief, neck pain treatment
neck pain relief, neck pain treatment: Hello, Sorry to hear about your pain, and that the muscle relaxants don t seem to be helping much. I would think you could a great deal to help yourself if you understood that most of your issues seem to be coming from inappropriately tight muscle tissue...

Back and Neck Injury: Extreme neck pain., neck pain relief, neck pain treatment
neck pain relief, neck pain treatment: Hello Brandon, Very sorry to hear about your neck. It sounds like you have some tight muscle tissue that needs to be released so your neck can have the space and freedom it requires to work in a pain free manner. The good news is that you can probably...

Back and Neck Injury: Muscle Spasm, upper back pain relief, neck and shoulder pain relief relief
upper back pain relief, neck and shoulder pain relief relief: Hello Bree a, Sorry to hear about your pain. I do think there is a lot that you can do about it. And you can probably do it yourself, for free. Since you didn t mention any particular accident or single trauma event that caused your pain, it would...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck, neck and shoulder pain relief, shoulder joint pain relief
neck and shoulder pain relief, shoulder joint pain relief: Hello, The good news is that it sounds like there s a good chance that you can probably fix yourself if you re willing to watch a few free videos and follow along. It sounds like the pain you are describing is coming from the muscles that attach to...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck Pain, Sinuses, Neck Pain, plugged sinuses
Neck Pain, plugged sinuses, clogged sinuses: Hi, Mike, Neck pain, sinus congestion and rear lower headaches are related to chronic neck tension, the first, to muscle fatigue and soreness, the second, to tight neck muscles in front of the neck vertebrae (back of throat) and the last, in the sub-occipital...

Back and Neck Injury: back pain from fall, neck pain relief, lower back pain relief
neck pain relief, lower back pain relief: Hello, Sorry to hear about your fall. Sounds like it amplified the problems you were already having. I think the ice is a good idea. 15 minutes at a time is usually best, then let the area warm up a bit for a while (45 minutes or so) and then reapply....

Back and Neck Injury: Back Pain after heavy lifting, upper back pain relief, upper back muscle pain
upper back pain relief, upper back muscle pain, pain in upper back: Hi Sam, Hello, Yes, lifting a full grown man can certainly put your body in some awkward positions where you may have strained some muscles in your upper back. They may have seized up a bit after some activity that is not usual. When they seize up the...

Back and Neck Injury: Popping in neck, neck pain relief, neck pain treatment
neck pain relief, neck pain treatment, jaw pain relief: Hello Afton, Sounds like you had a whiplash type trauma to your neck when you were attacked and many of the muscles in your neck tightened up in response to the event. And since bones only go where muscles and other soft tissue pull or hold them (bones...

Back and Neck Injury: back problem and shaky legs when wake up, muscular contractions, thomas hanna
muscular contractions, thomas hanna, shaky legs: Hi, Patty, If a person is in a state of chronic contraction that pulls the legs in (hamstrings and hip joint flexors), they are likely to awaken in that state. The effort of straightening doesn t stop the pull-in contraction, so the two actions oppose...

Back and Neck Injury: multiple neck and back fractures, neck pain relief, upper back pain relief
neck pain relief, upper back pain relief, neck pain treatment: Hello, Wow, sorry to hear about all you ve been through. But I do think there are many things to do that can help you get out of pain. I m primarily saying this because you said, I did have a MRI of my neck and was told it looked fine. Because you...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck Pain, neck pain relief, neck pain treatment
neck pain relief, neck pain treatment, stiff neck pain : Hello Mariyam, Sorry to hear about your neck pain. It s not unusual for a report to say possibly and for a doctor to provide medication for the type of issue you have. It sounds like the doctor just gave you some muscle relaxants, so if they don t help...

Back and Neck Injury: back pain, lower back pain, lower back pain relief
lower back pain, lower back pain relief, lower back pain remedy: Hello Praveen, Hello, Sorry to hear about the painful spot you are in. I sounds like you ve got some really tight muscles pulling the bones in your pelvis and spine out of position which is causing you pain. The good news is that you can probably...

Back and Neck Injury: Reversal of cervical lordosis, jaw pain relief, dizziness
jaw pain relief, dizziness: Hello Roopa, Sorry to hear about your dizziness. It is very difficult thing to suffer with for so long. I have 5 questions/comments for you. First, it could be the curve in your neck, but I doubt it. But just to make sure you might want to have...

Back and Neck Injury: Trying to cope with chronic back pain, lower back pain relief, middle back pain relief
lower back pain relief, middle back pain relief, upper back pain relief: Hi Sarah, Wow, sorry to hear about your pain issues. The differing opinions by the doctors and nurses, while frustrating, is not really unusual. Reading an MRI is a bit of art, opinion, and science so there can be a wide range of opinion. The good...

Back and Neck Injury: workout at gym with posterior bulge in C5 - C6, neck pain relief, neck pain treatment
neck pain relief, neck pain treatment: Hello Mo, Interesting question. That fact that you are no longer experiencing pain is great, since now you ll be able to judge whatever you do from there, as opposed to trying to figure it out while you are currently in pain. I personally would not...

Back and Neck Injury: Muscle spasms?, massage career, therapeutic massage
Back and Neck Injury: Muscle spasms?, massage career, therapeutic massage, career guides

Back and Neck Injury: lower back pain, lower back pain relief, lower back pain remedy
lower back pain relief, lower back pain remedy, lower left back pain: Hi Paige, Sorry to hear about your fall and your pain. It s not uncommon for someone to have lower back pain after the fall your described. Traumas, like a whiplash your neck may experience in an auto accident, or the trauma to your tailbone, can cause...

Back and Neck Injury: Lower back problems, low back problems, lower back pain
low back problems, lower back pain, tight hamstrings: Hi, Don. audio response | http://tinyurl.com/AllExperts-Don write-up on S-I Joint Pain Syndrome | http://lawrencegoldsomatics.blogspot.com/2011/04/understanding-sacro-iliac-joints.html link to the first program you need | http://somatics.com/page7-cat_audio.htm...

Back and Neck Injury: migraine with aura, migraine with aura, headaches
migraine with aura, headaches: Hello, Nima. In a word, yes. I explain in this article on headaches: http://somatics.com/headaches.htm For migraines to result from weight training, you would also have had to have a previous neck injury, such as a whiplash injury or hard fall, or...

Back and Neck Injury: MRI results in English, herniated discs, bulging discs
herniated discs, bulging discs, lower back pain: Hi, Dee, The significant findings of this report are loss of disc height and signal, bulging, the spurring and the and the annular tear. The first three come from chronic muscle tension in your back, which cause disc and nerve compression, bulging and...

Back and Neck Injury: Muscle spasms?, muscle spasms, back and spine problems
muscle spasms, back and spine problems, back pain: Hi, Angela, Here are two articles on back pain, which lend clarity in ways that typical explanations do not. Read them, then offer them to your husband as commentary from a consultant at AllExperts.com http://somatics.com/back_pain.htm http://somatics.com/chronic_back_pain.htm...

Back and Neck Injury: neck pain, neck pain relief, neck pain treatment
neck pain relief, neck pain treatment, chronic neck pain: Hello again, I honestly am not sure about the ear drainage and eyesight issues, but sometimes releasing a really tight jaw can help in those areas. I d recommend this page and videos. http://www.do-it-yourself-joint-pain-relief.com/jaw-joint-pain.html...

Back and Neck Injury: neck and shoulder, neck and shoulder pain, neck shoulder pain relief
neck and shoulder pain, neck shoulder pain relief, shoulder and neck pain: Hi James, Very sorry to hear about the neck and shoulder pain and back pain you are experiencing. The good news is I do think there is a lot you can do before going the neck surgery route. Yes, I would say that the burning down your arm has a great...

Back and Neck Injury: neck/back/tailbone pain, lower back pain relief, lower back pain remedy
lower back pain relief, lower back pain remedy, middle back pain relief: Hello Roseann, Sorry to hear about your back pain. I m not exactly sure what is going on with your back, but I do think you may be able to relieve the pain you are experiencing by releasing the muscles that could be causing your pain. Basically, when...

Back and Neck Injury: How often does back pain lead to paralysis? middle back pain, middle back pain, mid back pain
middle back pain, mid back pain, pain in middle back: Hello David, I do think it is quite possible that your middle back pain is being caused by the repetitive motion in the face down position that you described. But like all repetitive motion syndromes the pain is caused by the overused muscles becoming...

Back and Neck Injury: Rhomboid muscle, rhomboid muscle, back surgery
rhomboid muscle, back surgery, back pain: Hello, Carl, Surgery is not a sound approach to that kind of pain. If it s your rhomboid muscle, that can easily be addressed with a somatic exercise found in The Cat Stretch Exercises | http://somatics.com/page7-cat_audio.htm. To understand the condition,...

Back and Neck Injury: Sacroiliac Pain?, sacroiliac pain, S-I joint pain
sacroiliac pain, S-I joint pain, iliosacral pain: Hi, Laurie, Don t worry. Just read my full explanation of S-I Joint Pain Syndrome in the write-up linked below, which also includes a what you can do regimen. Your description indicates that you have tight hamstrings and tight back muscles. The...

Back and Neck Injury: Trapezius Injury + C-7, Trapezius Injury + C-7, back neck injury
Trapezius Injury + C-7, back neck injury, cat stretch exercises: Hi, Bradley, Please click this link for my voice-response. | http://tinyurl.com/bbn8hdg Relevant articles On Weight Training | http://somatics.com/weights.htm Completing Recovery from an Injury | http://somatics.com/recovery_from_injury.htm Relevant...

Back and Neck Injury: Back Belt
Hi Jessica, I m not sure exactly where you need the support or what you mean by top of the ribcage. For a general pulled muscle in the lower back, the lumbar support should go up to the bottom of the ribcage. Unless the muscle problem is located in or...

Back and Neck Injury: C1 & C2 Traumatic Fracture
Hi Puneet, CT Scans show very fine detail and the soft collar will not do any harm, so I would continue to follow your doctors recommendations. It sounds like you are progressing. Getting back to a normal life takes some time and will involve some anxiety....

Back and Neck Injury: lower back pain, herniated discs, bulging discs
herniated discs, bulging discs, lower back pain: Hi, Theo, Time for a more correct understanding of back pain. You ve developed chronic back tension. The way out: recover control of your own tension -- and that doesn t involve stretching. The fastest, most effective way: http://somatics.com/back_pain.htm...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck
Thank you for your input. i You are welcome Kim. Please excuse my lack of expertise in this matter. /i There were quit a few nodes which showed up on the ct scan being enlarged but the largest one was on the right side close to 2 cm. He removed two...

Back and Neck Injury: neck pain, neck pain relief, neck pain treatment
neck pain relief, neck pain treatment, chronic neck pain: Hello Yogesh, Sorry to hear of your health problems. If you found the cream helpful then perhaps you just need a bit of physical therapy work on your neck to keep it free. I have a completely free website, Do-It-Yourself-Joint-Pain-Relief, http://www.do-it-yourself-joint-pain-relief.com/...

Back and Neck Injury: Results of an MRI on my Spine
Hi Barbie, Sorry to hear your having these difficulties. It is not easy to say what to do. I m glad to hear that you are under the care of 2 Doctors and they should be able to correlate the MRI findings with your complaints and physical exam findings...

Back and Neck Injury: Sciatic pain, sciatica pain relief, sciatic back pain
sciatica pain relief, sciatic back pain, sciatica back pain: Hello Eslma, Sorry to hear about your sciatica pain. The good news is that I do think there are plenty of things you can do on your own to keep your sciatica pain at bay. First, you need to understand that all the muscles in your body are like the...

Back and Neck Injury: Bizarre lump at the back of neck
Hi Rebecca, 1) It sounds like a fatty tumor, which is most often not a problem. A problem with a lymph node is usually painful and more rigid. 2) These types of tumors are typically only a problem if they grow and interfere with other structures. Sometimes,...

Back and Neck Injury: bruised or broken rib, upper back pain relief, lower back pain relief
upper back pain relief, lower back pain relief: Hi Marj, If you didn t bang or bump the side of your ribcage on anything then it would be unlikely that you cracked or bruised a rib, unless you have osteoporosis, then it is certainly possible. You may have popped a rib head out position where it sits...

Back and Neck Injury: Chronic back pain
Hi Carly, It s possible. It is also possible that it is more than one problem. You can get a basic idea of the pain referral patterns from internal organs by looking at this image: a href= http://www.necksolutions.com/images/viceral-referred-pain.gif ...

Back and Neck Injury: lower back: spasm like pain
Hi Mike, Sounds muscular, but it could be some arthritis. Typically arthritic pain will be worse in the morning and will loosen up during the day. It is also possible the disc is somewhat involved. So, it could be 1 or all 3 in combination. What you...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck and Back pain
Hi Kevin, Pain between the shoulder blades in most often the rhomboid muscles and related to a slumped posture as these muscles become overstretched and weakened. When scar tissue is involved, it can become a chronic problem. That being said, pain between...

Back and Neck Injury: Rib Injury Or Muscle Strain
Hi Marj, A muscle can make a popping sound. Usually at the junction of the muscle and tendon. This can be quite loud in larger muscles like the hamstring. However, in this case, you would have to assume it is the rib and not the muscle. It is possible that...

Back and Neck Injury: arm pain, herniated discs, bulging discs
herniated discs, bulging discs, lower back pain: Hi, Carolyn, Nerve impingement in the neck from tight neck muscles would account for pain in your arm -- as would contracted muscles around your shoulder blade. Tight muscles on the underside would make lifting your arm difficult and painful in the joint....

Back and Neck Injury: Back Injury-Chronic Pain, whiplash injury, neck pain
whiplash injury, neck pain, back injury: Hi, Stephanie, The results indicate that you had a significant degree of neck muscle tension before the wreck (spurring); however the wreck sent you into spasm. I ve written about is, so you can get a good understanding of what happened and what you...

Back and Neck Injury: low back related
Hi Prasad, It depends on what the problem is. The bulging at L1/2 is mild and does not indicate if it is to one side more than the other, but pain from this disc is possible to cause lower back pain and sciatica like pain. The hyperintense signals...

Back and Neck Injury: neck pain
Hi Jihn, That depends on what is causing the nerve compression. This can be from a soft disc problem or from a hard bone type of problem which narrows an opening that the nerve or spinal cord runs through. It is also possible that other things can cause...

Back and Neck Injury: back pain, s-i joint pain, lower back pain
s-i joint pain, lower back pain: Hi, Johny, Start by reading my write-up on S-I Joint Pain. | http://lawrencegoldsomatics.blogspot.com/2011/04/understanding-sacro-iliac-joints.html Your question on HLA B27 is outside my scope of practice. Once you ve doing the reading, contact me...

Back and Neck Injury: out of palce vertebrae
Hi Dillon, This sounds like a complicated situation. The only thing I could recommend would be to see a chiropractor for an evaluation and perhaps something can be done. I wish I could be of more help and wish you the very best. Kind regards, Dr....

Back and Neck Injury: piriformis syndrome???, sacroiliac joint pain, sacroilliac joint pain
sacroiliac joint pain, sacroilliac joint pain, s i joint pain: Hi Gail, It sounds like my Sacroiliac Pain Relief Page, http://www.do-it-yourself-joint-pain-relief.com/sacroiliac-joint-pain-relief.html#.Uq0LF2RDvFc and maybe my Middle Back Pain Relief Page, http://www.do-it-yourself-joint-pain-relief.com/middle-back-pain-relief.html#.Uq0LLGRDvFc...

Back and Neck Injury: PT for the shoulder/neck, neck and shoulder pain, neck shoulder pain relief
neck and shoulder pain, neck shoulder pain relief, shoulder and neck pain: Hi Phen, I do think my Neck and Shoulder Pain page, http://www.do-it-yourself-joint-pain-relief.com/neck-and-shoulder-pain-relief.html would be a good place to start. From you description of how your pain came about I do think you probably just need...

Back and Neck Injury: What's the right posture to lift heavy objects?
Hello, Ar, No, pain in the upper back is not normal or necessary. However, the arm numbness, combined with the pain you ve described, suggests a neck injury in your past. Your way of lifting, using the legs for power, is the healthier way. Please...

Back and Neck Injury: throat pain
Hi Russ, I understand your concern. It would seem that your ENT would also understand this and recommend any further testing. Also, your primary might seek further testing. If you are not satisfied with the ENT evaluation, maybe your primary can send you...

Back and Neck Injury: Abnormal Posture, back pain, kyphosis
back pain, kyphosis, abnormal posture: Hi, Tim, As you may guess, your foot goes numb from nerve compression at the spine, probably at L2/S1. Do only Cat Stretch lesson 1 until you cease to get improvements of control and movement; then proceed to lesson 2 and do only lesson 2. You may...

Back and Neck Injury: Burning feet and general aches and pains in legs, burning feet sensation, feet burning sensation
burning feet sensation, feet burning sensation, what causes burning feet: Hello, Wow, sorry to hear about all the issues in your body. While there are a lot different and varying symptoms, it s my opinion that the last thing you need to be doing is strengthening exercises. I do believe your problem is one of too much tension...

Back and Neck Injury: C2 Fracture, neck and shoulder pain, neck shoulder pain relief
neck and shoulder pain, neck shoulder pain relief, shoulder and neck pain: Hi Whalen, Sorry to hear about your pain. I m not exactly sure if you fractured your C2 long ago (which I think is the case), or if you presently have a fractured C2. So for all our sakes, if you currently have a fractured C2 then do nothing but follow...

Back and Neck Injury: Chiropractor or Orthopedist, middle back pain, middle back pain, mid back pain
middle back pain, mid back pain, pain in middle back: Hello Nicky , I m very glad you came to All Experts to ask this question because I do think your issue can be fixed, and quite possibly be fixed all by yourself, and if not by yourself then I do think I know the type of practitioner who can fix your issue....

Back and Neck Injury: Falling Down A Flight Of Stairs Injury To Lumbar Spine, Falling Down A Flight Of Stairs Injury To Lumbar Spine
Falling Down A Flight Of Stairs Injury To Lumbar Spine: Hi, Mary. click for voice response | http://tinyurl.com/chgg6cc http://somatics.com/recovery_from_injury.htm http://somatics.com/chronic_back_pain.htm http://somatics.com/sciaticasymptoms-piriformissyndrome.htm Self-Relief Program http://somatics.com/page7-cat_audio.htm...

Back and Neck Injury: neck pain, broken vertebrae, weather days
broken vertebrae, weather days, nerve damage: Dear Sandra, Are those rhetorical questions? For an understanding of your condition that answers those questions in meaningful terms, please see these two articles: http://somatics.com/whiplash.htm http://somatics.com/recovery_from_injury.htm ...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck/spinal injury in motor vehicle accident, whiplash injury, Neck/spinal injury in motor vehicle accident
whiplash injury, Neck/spinal injury in motor vehicle accident: Hi, Di. The report and your symptoms are typical of whiplash injury. One thing the report does not discuss is patterns of muscular contraction in your neck and trunk provoked by the whiplash incident. They give rise to nerve compression (tingling/numbness...

Back and Neck Injury: neck sprain w/ehlers danlos treatment, neck sprain w/ehlers danlos treatment
neck sprain w/ehlers danlos treatment: Hi, Malorie, Immobilization is not such a good approach. A better way to compensate for hypermobility is to improve the coordination among the muscles of your neck. Immobilization won t help with that. Please see this write-up for perspective and a...

Back and Neck Injury: Ongoing back pain from accident, Ongoing back pain from accident, back pain
Ongoing back pain from accident, back pain, lower back pain: Hi, Miles. The following article explains your experience and points you to what you can do (for yourself). http://somatics.com/chronic_back_pain.htm more http://somatics.com/back_pain.htm SELF-RELIEF PROGRAM http://somatics.com/page7-back_pain.ht...

Back and Neck Injury: Sacral pain, sacral pain, sacroiliac pain
sacral pain, sacroiliac pain, S-I joint pain: Hi, Mari, I ve addressed the symptoms you ve named in various (relatively short) writings, which also give a course of action. Please see below. http://somatics.com/back_pain.htm (back pain) http://somatics.com/recovery_from_injury.htm (consequences...

Back and Neck Injury: Spine MRI results, MRI results for spine, migraine headaches
MRI results for spine, migraine headaches, disc bulge: Hi, Jamie, It simplifies down to this: In incidents of whiplash, the neck musculature contracts to brace the neck, to protect you from neck fracture. The contraction tightens the spine, compresses discs, and leads to disc bulge and to symptoms such...

Back and Neck Injury: I have a bulge on my back to the right of the L3-L4 area and no one knows what it is, I have a bulge on my back to the right of the L3-L4 area and no one knows what it is, back spasms
I have a bulge on my back to the right of the L3-L4 area and no one knows what it is, back spasms: Hi, Sandy, When a muscle goes into spasm, it shortens and thickens, giving rise to a bump which is not swelling or inflammation, but just the change of shape muscles go through when they contract. The following articles give both an explanation (that...

Back and Neck Injury: Cervical Spine XRAY Results., Cervical Spine XRAY Results, clicking in neck
Cervical Spine XRAY Results, clicking in neck, osteophytes: Hello, Marie, Osteophytes (bone spurs) and narrowing of disc spaces commonly come from neck muscles that are chronically tight. (It makes me wonder what drew you to be feeling the sides of your neck. Discomfort, perhaps?). Lordosis (neck curvature) changes...

Back and Neck Injury: Lower Back Pain, dele, photograph
Back and Neck Injury: Lower Back Pain, dele, photograph, doctors

Back and Neck Injury: back pain
Back and Neck Injury: back pain

Back and Neck Injury: grabbing pain in left buttock, sciatica pain relief, sciatic back pain
sciatica pain relief, sciatic back pain, sciatica back pain: Hello Dana, Sorry to hear about the pain issues. The good news is that I do think I can help get you out of pain now and in the future if this reoccurs. However, first I need you to assess whether or not you may need a new mattress. If your pain is...

Back and Neck Injury: Lower Back Pain, lower back pain relief, lower back pain remedy
lower back pain relief, lower back pain remedy, middle back pain relief: Hello Bill, Sorry to hear about your back pain. I do think there may some things I can suggest that may help, and that you may do at home. First, spondylosis is a rather general term that basically means osteoarthritis or degeneration. So your thoracic...

Back and Neck Injury: lower back pain, lower back pain, tight hamstrings
lower back pain, tight hamstrings, knee pain: Hi, Louise, The following articles answer your questions (and some you haven t asked). http://somatics.com/back_pain.htm http://somatics.com/weights.htm They explain the situation and give what you can do to bring yourself relief. Note: If you...

Back and Neck Injury: lower back pain issues- need help, lower back pain relief, lower back pain remedy
lower back pain relief, lower back pain remedy, middle back pain relief: Hello, Sorry to hear about all the pain you ve been suffering with. Thank you for the precise details you included in your question. It does make it much easier to provide a quality answer. The good news is that I do think there are other things you...

Back and Neck Injury: MRI Results, Ongoing back pain from accident, back pain
Ongoing back pain from accident, back pain, lower back pain: Hi, Diana, You are not a candidate for permanent disability; you are a candidate for clinical somatic education -- to get rid of the symptoms you are experiences and their causes. All of those symptoms point to the universal response to injury: to tighten...

Back and Neck Injury: neck C6, neck pain relief, neck pain treatment
neck pain relief, neck pain treatment, chronic neck pain: Hello Sandra, Very sorry to hear about your neck problems. With the information you ve provided it s difficult to give a precise answer, but I ll do my best to help you if I can. I don t know what your precise surgery was, and more importantly I don...

Back and Neck Injury: back and neck pain, back and neck pain from fall
back and neck pain from fall: Trauma Reflex causes muscular reactions; if a violent injury (such as a fall) was involved, Trauma Reflex causes contractions related to (and protecting) the site of injury -- which causes pain and further Trauma Reflex. With falls, Trauma Reflex may cause...

Back and Neck Injury: back pain, lower back pain relief, lower back pain remedy
lower back pain relief, lower back pain remedy, middle back pain relief: Hello Stacey, Sorry to hear about the pain you are dealing with. So the good news is that your MRI shows no significant pathology , which means I should be able to give you some information that will help you. The curious thing is that a prominent...

Back and Neck Injury: pain in upper arm, shoulder joint pain, shoulder pain relief
shoulder joint pain, shoulder pain relief, neck shoulder pain relief: Hello Pooja, I m happy to help if I can. Pain in upper arm is a pretty general term, so I m not sure if you mean your deltoid muscles that make up the outside of your shoulder and top of your arm, or your triceps that make up the back of your upper...

Back and Neck Injury: chronic back, chronic back pain, back tension
chronic back pain, back tension, somatic education: Dear Mark, PTSD may very well contribute to chronic back tension and pain. Please see this article: http://somatics.com/pdf/Psychotherapy_and_Integral_Somatic_Education.pdf and this item: http://lawrencegoldsomatics.blogspot.com/2011/05/somatic-spiritual-practice-big.html...

Back and Neck Injury: Chronic low Back Pain, disc bulge, back sprain
disc bulge, back sprain, bone spurs: The redness in the photos looks like an inflammatory response -- force-feeding body fluids into an injured region for extra nutrition, to support healing. As to what caused the fracture, I don t have enough information to say. Possibly, the combination...

Back and Neck Injury: Disc Bulge, disc degeneration, DJD
disc degeneration, DJD, disc bulges: Hello, Zishan, The basic information you need is here | http://somatics.com/chronic_back_pain.htm Please see the entry on this page about disc bulges | http://somatics.com/back_pain_terms.htm You may start relieving your pain and removing the cause...

Back and Neck Injury: Back Injury
Back and Neck Injury: Back Injury

Back and Neck Injury: Herniated Disc, herniated discs, bulging discs
herniated discs, bulging discs, lower back pain: Hi, Roger. Please see this page for clarity on herniated discs: http://somatics.com/back_pain_terms.htm In my opinion, you re right to avoid surgery, if possible. Acupuncture will do nothing for the underlying cause, muscular contractions of the back...

Back and Neck Injury: Back Injury, upper back pain relief, upper back muscle pain
upper back pain relief, upper back muscle pain, pain in upper back: Hello Mark, Okay, so to answer your question, is it possible? , I would say that while anything is possible, it seems extremely unlikely that this has occurred. What is much more likely, is that when you injured your rib, the muscles and soft-tissue...

Back and Neck Injury: L4/l5 discectomy, L4/l5 discectomy, back pain
L4/l5 discectomy, back pain, lower back pain: Hi, Hope. Most cases, discectomy is needed when the disc has been under compression for so long that it breaks down. The compression comes from tight back muscles shortening the spine along its length. Surgery does nothing to correct that problem. ...

Back and Neck Injury: Lumbar Back Pain, Lumbar Back Pain, back injury
Lumbar Back Pain, back injury, back injuries: Hi, Mike, Your weight training made you especially vulnerable to the accident by making you musclebound. Please see these articles: On recovery from injury | http://somatics.com/recovery_from_injury.htm On Weight Training | http://somatics.com/weights.htm...

Back and Neck Injury: what MRI means, disc degeneration, DJD
disc degeneration, DJD, disc bulges: Hi, G. The main problem is disc degeneration and bulges caused by tight, musclebound back muscles. Please see these two pages: http://somatics.com/chronic_back_pain.htm http://somatics.com/back_pain_terms.htm ... for more explanation and a course...

Back and Neck Injury: MRI Results, bone spurs, bulging disc
bone spurs, bulging disc, back pain: Hello, Tracie, I can t answer what kind of treatment you should expect; that depends upon the kind of practitioner to whom you go. What I can do is give you information from the perspective of my discipline, Clinical Somatic Education (in practice for...

Back and Neck Injury: neck and shoulder, neck and shoulder pain, back pain
neck and shoulder pain, back pain, tingling in hands: voice response | http://tinyurl.com/AllExperts-Brenda-4-2-13-mp3 articles: http://somatics.com/back_pain.htm http://somatics.com/back_pain_terms.htm http://somatics.com/headaches.htm http://somatics.com/whiplash.htm (related to arm numbness) http://somatics.com/conditions.htm#Dizziness...

Back and Neck Injury: Spontaneous spinal epidural hematoma, neck pain relief, neck pain treatment
neck pain relief, neck pain treatment, chronic neck pain: Hi Molly, First, I m thrilled to hear that my foot instructions were so helpful. Good news. Now onto helping you with your neck. Okay, so I know you ve been to my Do-It-Yourself-Joint-Pain-Relief website, http://www.do-it-yourself-joint-pain-relief.com/...

Back and Neck Injury: Chronic Neck Pain, neck pain relief, neck pain treatment
neck pain relief, neck pain treatment, chronic neck pain: Hi Chrissie, Sorry to hear about your neck pain. I do think I can give you some things to do that may help you. Whiplash occurs when the muscles in the neck tighten in response to trauma such as a car accident or fall. When the neck muscles do get...

Back and Neck Injury: dizziness after car accident, neck pain relief, neck pain treatment
neck pain relief, neck pain treatment, chronic neck pain: Dear Martha, Very sorry to hear about your accident and subsequent pain. I don t know if you were examined by a doctor after your accident, but it sounds like you may have a concussion, which you do want to be careful about. So if you are still dizzy...

Back and Neck Injury: Back Injury, Lumbar Back Pain, back injury
Lumbar Back Pain, back injury, back injuries: Hi, Brooke, When a person falls or lands hard, the shock and/or pain often provoke muscular contractions that may persist indefinitely and that may accumulate. That accounts for a rotated vertebra, pain during movement or changes of position, and in certain...

Back and Neck Injury: Back injury, back pain, low back pain
back pain, low back pain: Hi Brooke, I have seen this quite frequently; ice hockey players, martial artists, bikers, soccer players... This is not to say that another condition does not exist, but a suggestion based on professional Chiropractic and personal experience in sports....

Back and Neck Injury: Back injury pain, Lumbar Back Pain, back injury
Lumbar Back Pain, back injury, back injuries: Hi, Dianne, I m going to explain the situation and give you a way to get started clearing up your pain. I m also doing to show you where you can get more, if you need it. The universal response to injury is to tighten up. That has happened with your...

Back and Neck Injury: Muscular dystrophy experiencing severe sciatica and back pain, sciatica pain relief, sciatic back pain
sciatica pain relief, sciatic back pain, sciatica back pain: Hi Carley, Sorry to hear about your situation. I would like to offer some solutions to your problem that may prove highly effective and that you can do yourself or with a little help from a friend. If, the CT scan is correct and there is nothing structurally...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck, neck pain relief, neck pain treatment
neck pain relief, neck pain treatment, chronic neck pain: Hi Donny, It sounds like you just bruised your first thoracic vertebrae, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thoracic_vertebrae There isn t much cushion between the skin and the bone in that spot, so it makes sense that it would be sore to the touch if you...

Back and Neck Injury: back/neck/pelvis, neck pain relief, lower back pain relief
neck pain relief, lower back pain relief, upper back pain relief: Hello Jay, Hello Sorry to hear about your pain issues. The good news is I do believe there is a great deal you can do from home that can help with your issues. And, while I certainly don t question the good intentions of your chiropractor, I do think...

Back and Neck Injury: Pain right by my right shoulder blade, neck and shoulder pain, neck shoulder pain relief
neck and shoulder pain, neck shoulder pain relief, shoulder and neck pain: Hello Mark, Interesting question. I m not sure I m completely clear on what you are describing, but if I ve got it right I may have some things that can help. If the bulge you are describing varies so much, it would seem to me more of a muscular issue...

Back and Neck Injury: scm tightness, natural migraine relief, migraine pain relief
natural migraine relief, migraine pain relief, migraine headache relief: Hello Tina, Sorry to hear about the migraines. I know the spot you are talking about and have worked on many clients with that similar issue. The good news is that I do think you can fix yourself. I have a completely free website, Do-It-Yourself-Joint-Pain-Relief,...

Back and Neck Injury: Stiffness in lower back and hips, lower back pain relief, lower back pain remedy
lower back pain relief, lower back pain remedy, middle back pain relief: Hello George, Sorry to hear about your pain, but I do think you re already ahead of the game if you are stretching and doing yoga. The good news is that I think I can give you a few more things that you can do yourself to get rid of the stiffness you are...

Back and Neck Injury: X Ray of L Spine - Low Back pain, X Ray of L Spine - Low Back pain
X Ray of L Spine - Low Back pain: Hi, Tonya, In my view, the radiologist s x-ray findings completely miss the point. They describe effects, not causes. the cause: Your back muscles are in spasm. That causes disc space narrowing and spondylosis. the cause of the cause: protective...

Back and Neck Injury: Backpain, guru ramdev, neck exercises
guru ramdev, neck exercises, indian guru: Hi Rujan, Working at a table, your head is down and forward, there is a lot of pressure on the neck as it works to support the head in this manner. The head weighs about 10 pounds and when held forward, it increases the weight and the support your neck...

Back and Neck Injury: Back brace?, back pain, back brace
back pain, back brace, exercises: Hi Carl, I m glad to hear that you are doing so well. Your active lifestyle is wonderful and I wish you and your wife all the best! Most likely, the pain from over-exerting is muscular. I do not think a light back brace would prevent this. Most light...

Back and Neck Injury: Chronic Low Back Pain, electrical distribution system, flare ups
electrical distribution system, flare ups, orthopedic doctors: Hi Mark, Most likely it is scar tissue around the healed fracture. Again, an x-ray may give an indication of this. The technique is interesting. I m not sure about the diagnostic part, however, there is a technique called Gua Sha and we used this in martial...

Back and Neck Injury: Back Injury, lower back pain relief, lower back pain remedy
lower back pain relief, lower back pain remedy, middle back pain relief: Hello Brooke, Sorry to hear about your injury. The good news is that I do believe I can offer you some effective techniques that will help you. The short answer is that I m going to send you to my completely free Do-It-Yourself-Joint-Pain-Relief website,...

Back and Neck Injury: Joint Pain, neck pain relief, neck pain treatment
neck pain relief, neck pain treatment, chronic neck pain: Hi KC, Sorry to hear about all your pain issues. Your pain issues do make sense from the neck injuries you ve suffered. I do think there is a lot that can be done to relieve or eliminate your pain. The good news is that you can probably do a great deal...

Back and Neck Injury: knee pain, knee joint pain, knee pain
knee joint pain, knee pain, knee pain treatment: Hi Chris, It could be the way you stand if your pelvis and lower back are inappropriately tight your L4 nerve might be getting aggrevated. You might try my Pelvic Girdle Pain Relief Page, http://www.do-it-yourself-joint-pain-relief.com/pelvic-girdle-pain-relief.html...

Back and Neck Injury: MRI of the cervical spine, thecal sac indentation, neural foramen
thecal sac indentation, neural foramen, spondylotic changes: Hi Manisha, Actually, I do agree with the surgeon that a short course of steroids are appropriate. On a personal note, I have taken them 3 times for herniated discs and would do it again without hesitation. In fact, if you go to a href= http://www.necksolutions.com/medrol-dose-pack.html...

Back and Neck Injury: MRI Results, low back pain, mri low back
low back pain, mri low back, disc: Hi Tyra, Thanks for the question! I am not sure if I can help, but I ll try. I can t give you a better description of your MRI films because I would have to see them and I m not as good as a radiologist. What I can try to do is give you a description...

Back and Neck Injury: Multi-level Herniations, muscle spasm, pinched nerve
muscle spasm, pinched nerve, mri: Hi Stephen, To answer your question directly, yes, there can be a relationship between the nerve pinching (radiculopathy) and muscle spasms. I m sure there is no lack of good will amongst your doctors, however, it is often difficult to assess this, especially...

Back and Neck Injury: Back pain, trigger point injections, steriod injection
trigger point injections, steriod injection, shoulder blade: Hi Sean, I can t imagine the frustration. Please hang in there in the best spirits possible. I m sure that you will get to the bottom of this in time. Again, shoulder - check into the active release. Back: First, the results of any blood tests?...

Back and Neck Injury: Pain left side of neck when I raise my left shoulder/arm, neck and shoulder pain, neck shoulder pain relief
neck and shoulder pain, neck shoulder pain relief, shoulder and neck pain: Hi Shane, Sorry to hear about your neck pain. The good news is that I do think I can give you some information that will enable you to fix yourself. I m going to send you to my completely free website, Do-It-Yourself-Joint-Pain-Relief, http://www.do-it-yourself-joint-pain-relief.com/...

Back and Neck Injury: Pelvic girdle pain, pelvic girdle pain relief, pelvis pain
pelvic girdle pain relief, pelvis pain, pain in pelvis: Hello Claire, Sorry to hear about the pain you re experiencing. If you know that you haven t bruised the area by bumping into something, or by being struck there then that generally leaves the muscles and soft-tissue as the main cause of your pain. ...

Back and Neck Injury: Please help me with reading my MRI and what it means?, neck pain, back pain
neck pain, back pain, degeneration: Hi Kalina, You have got a lot going on and I would certainly believe you are in pain. First of all, you are in a similar positions as I. I too have very advanced degenerative findings on MRI studies and have been suffering for a long time. A large percentage...

Back and Neck Injury: sacroiliac pain, sacroiliac joint pain, sacroilliac joint pain
sacroiliac joint pain, sacroilliac joint pain, s i joint pain: Hi Sandy, Sorry to hear about your pain. Yes, I have many suggestions which I do think will help you. And the good news is that you can probably fix yourself with the information I m about to provide. What I m about to say below is explained in greater...

Back and Neck Injury: Chronic Back Pain/ FCE Test, back pain
back pain: Hi Mark, I understand the frustration. Chronic pain associated with functional deterioration is very frustrating and has far reaching consequences. I am very familiar with trying to find a pain generator when all the doctors say there is none. My first...

Back and Neck Injury: Hello, minor strain, tylonol
minor strain, tylonol, dull pain: Hi Samia, Could have been the muscle warmed up in the hot tub and a relatively minor contraction or sleeping in a twisted position may have caused a strain of the muscle. A strain of the a href= http://www.necksolutions.com/back-strain.html quadratus...

Back and Neck Injury: Did I hurt my back?, did I hurt my back, back pain
did I hurt my back, back pain, back muscle spasms: Hi, David, An event like that is much too mild to cause damage. Your back was tight before that and the event was sufficient to trigger a spasm and that s what you re feeling. Please see the article: http://somatics.com/wordpress/chronic-back-pain/...

Back and Neck Injury: Knots in neck for several weeks, neck pain, muscle spasm
neck pain, muscle spasm: Hi James, There are many reasons this could be happening. The main thing to rule out is any fever associated with this. The suboccipital muscles can go into spasm and cause problems rotating the head. There may be muscle spasm alone, or there can be headaches...

Back and Neck Injury: lower back & hip pain, intervertebral disk space, lower back and hip pain
intervertebral disk space, lower back and hip pain, l5 s1: Hi Brad, Sometimes this type of testing is done to stress the hip joint itself and not specifically for the iliopsoas muscles, so I m not sure it can be ruled out at this point. It seems like the treatment is focused on the joint itself. If there has been...

Back and Neck Injury: Lump In Throat, lump in throat, tight neck muscles
lump in throat, tight neck muscles, neck pain: Hi, Tammy, The lump in your throat sounds like throat muscles in contraction. The fact that you tear up makes me wonder if you had an emotional upset that never got handled -- or a physical one. Did anyone ever choke you? Did you have a gymnastics accident?...

Back and Neck Injury: MRI/X-ray results, migraines, osteophytes
migraines, osteophytes, neck pain: Click for voice-response | http://tinyurl.com/AllExperts-Brodeur-Jeanne-mp relevant articles: Completing Your Recovery from an Injury | http://somatics.com/recovery_from_injury.htm On Headaches | http://somatics.com/headaches.htm about clearing up back...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck/Lower Back Pain & symptoms, Neck/Lower Back Pain & symptoms
Neck/Lower Back Pain & symptoms: Hi, Helen, It s easy to get lost in all the MRI details, not seeing the forest, for seeing the trees. You didn t have a soft-tissue injury that took so long to stabilise, and healed tissue doesn t need maintenance. You had a soft-tissue INSULT, which...

Back and Neck Injury: sacrum issue, Lower back pain
Lower back pain: Hi Mike, If you go to www.rolf.org and www.rolfguild.org you can find some good practitioners of Structural Integration. I would recommend you call the people in your area and go to someone you think can help you. You may have to try more than one person,...

Back and Neck Injury: Sudden lower back pain, back pain, osteoporosis
back pain, osteoporosis, lower back pain: Hi Liz, Sorry to hear about this. First, try to stay away from heat for a bit. Whatever is going on, it sounds like there is some inflammation and heat may cause more congestion and delay healing. As hot as its been, try some ice on the area - cold pack...

Back and Neck Injury: Upper Right Quadrant Back Pain, pinched nerve, tingling sensation
pinched nerve, tingling sensation, xrays: Hi Kait, Well I m glad to hear it is not getting worse. Very sorry to hear about your job - unintentional consequences ? I hope you are able to find some fulltime work. Anyway, perhaps you can find a local chiropractor that can work with you. It may...

Back and Neck Injury: waiting on an appt, review of Mri, neck pain, shoulder pain
neck pain, shoulder pain: Hi Michele, Sorry to hear about your problem. I m not sure if the entire report is listed, so I will try to concentrate on what is there. This really needs to be correlated with orthopedic and neurological findings. It is possible for pressure on the spinal...

Back and Neck Injury: Woke up with Pain After Moving Heavy Furniture, severe back pain, pain
severe back pain, pain, mid back pain: Hi Arnold, Sorry to hear about it. Most likely this is a strain of a muscle. A strain is a tear of a muscle. Just like a cut on your finger, it bleeds, forms a scab, the scab falls off and you are left with some scar tissue. Moving your finger at first...

Back and Neck Injury: Chronic low back pain, back pain, epidural
back pain, epidural, pregnancy: Hi Tegan, I m not sure how long ago your delivery was, but it is not uncommon to have back pain after an epidural. About 30% of women will experience some back pain after an epidural, however, that goes down to about 9% after 2 weeks. There is less of...

Back and Neck Injury: Chronic Back Pain, functional capacity evaluation, chronic back pain
functional capacity evaluation, chronic back pain, chiropractor care: Hi Mark, Yes, this is a distinct possibility and nerves do run along the ribs. A fracture can heal with a callus and there is a good deal of mobility between the ribs, sternum and vertebrae. So, not only can the nerve be affected, but this can have an effect...

Back and Neck Injury: Chronic Back Pain, chronic back pain, chronic back and spine problems
chronic back pain, chronic back and spine problems, back pain: Hi, Mark, An injury is permanent if therapeutics are inadequate to handle it. It depends upon the therapeutic approach you employ. From my perspective, your injury is temporary. Please see these two write-ups for clarification. Write if you d like...

Back and Neck Injury: Chronic Back Pain/Chronic Muscle Skeletal Pain, middle back pain, mid back pain
middle back pain, mid back pain, pain in middle back: Hello Mark, I m sorry to hear about the pain you have been in for the last 2 1/2 years. I m assuming it s middle back pain? The good news is that from the test results you ve shared with me, I do not think you have a permanent back injury. All your...

Back and Neck Injury: Chronic Back Pain, back pain relief, jesse cannone
Back and Neck Injury: Chronic Back Pain, back pain relief, jesse cannone, fr ee

Back and Neck Injury: neck and back pain with daily migraines, upper extremity pain, degenerative disc disease
Back and Neck Injury: neck and back pain with daily migraines, upper extremity pain, degenerative disc disease, cervical degenerative disc disease

Back and Neck Injury: Back Injury, therapeutic measures, low back pain
therapeutic measures, low back pain, electric stimulation: Hi Mark, We have discussed this and I was under the assumption you were waiting to hear from the doctor who found the improperly healed fracture regarding any options. If the pain is from the fracture, you may need to consult with an orthopedic surgeon...

Back and Neck Injury: Lower back MRI, back pain, exercises for back plain
back pain, exercises for back plain, spinal fusion: Hi, Olivia, I ve answered these questions in the following entries: See these pages: http://somatics.com/wordpress/chronic-back-pain/ http://somatics.com/back_pain_terms.htm It s fairly important that you bring your back tension under control; it...

Back and Neck Injury: neck and back injury from car accident, neck muscles, burning sensation
neck muscles, burning sensation, massage therapist: Hi Sean, Sorry to hear about this. First, it does take time to get better. I know its frustrating, but keep a good attitude and expect to get better. Its good to hear that there is improvement and this is typical of a gradual progression towards healing....

Back and Neck Injury: neck and back pain with daily migraines, neck pain, headaches
neck pain, headaches, migraine: Hi Deborah, I am sorry to hear about your fall and how you are suffering. First, do not be overwhelmed by these findings. They do not necessarily have to coincide with your fall. These findings can also be found in people who do not have any pain. So,...

Back and Neck Injury: my neck have got some swollen lymphnodes, jaw joint pain, jaw pain treatment
jaw joint pain, jaw pain treatment, tmj: Hello Saurabh, Sorry to hear about your situation. I do think there is something you can do to fix this, and it s probably something you can do yourself. I m basically goin to recommend that you massage the gland gently, but first I want you make sure...

Back and Neck Injury: Pain in Collarbone Lower neck shoulder chest and back from 1 injury, scalenes, strange sensation
scalenes, strange sensation, strain type: Hi Ayo, Sorry to hear about it. Difficult to say. I m not sure if you had a visit to the doctor or emergency room for x-rays or any orthopedic checks. Hopefully, you did not sustain any fracture or dislocation. Sounds like a sprain/strain type injury if...

Back and Neck Injury: severe spinal stenosis with 5 bulging disks, severe spinal stenosis 5 bulging discs, back pain sciatica
severe spinal stenosis 5 bulging discs, back pain sciatica, pain in hip: Hi, Colleen, In my view, the proposed treatment misses the mark -- evident by the return of symptoms. I ve written on back pain, so rather than duplicate the information here, I refer you to my writings. Please see these pages. http://somatics.com/back_pain_terms.htm...

Back and Neck Injury: feet pain related to back injury?, back pain sciatica, disc bulge
back pain sciatica, disc bulge, pain in hip: Hi, Linda, You asked, How can I find out ,it has been ruining my everyday life? Here are your answers: on sciatica | http://somatics.com/sciaticasymptoms-piriformissyndrome.htm on herniated/bulging discs | http://somatics.com/back_pain_terms.htm...

Back and Neck Injury: lifting after discectomy S1 L5, lifting after discectomy S1 L5
lifting after discectomy S1 L5: click for voice response | http://tinyurl.com/AllExperts-discectomy articles: on back pain | http://somatics.com/wordpress/chronic-back-pain/ on back pain terms (re: bulging/herniated discs) | http://somatics.com/back_pain_terms.htm on stretching | http://somatics.com/stretch.htm...

Back and Neck Injury: Lower back injury, lower back pain relief, lower back pain stretches
lower back pain relief, lower back pain stretches, lower back pain remedy: Dear Ashraf, Sorry to hear about your pain issues. I do think I can help you, and the good news is I do think there is a great deal you can do yourself to get out of pain. All the muscles in your body are like the rigging on a big old-fashioned sailboat....

Back and Neck Injury: Lumbar Spine Question, chronic back pain, chronic back and spine problems
chronic back pain, chronic back and spine problems, back pain: Hi, Ian, It means that your back muscles are so tight that they caused your discs to bulge and parts of the vertebrae to rub. Please see these articles. They explain more and point you to a definitive way to help the pain. You need to get enough improvement...

Back and Neck Injury: Mid thoracic spinal paresthesia/pain, acoustic neuroma, spinal tumor
acoustic neuroma, spinal tumor, spinal nerves: Hi Sarah, It is possible that a tumor could cause this, however, I m not sure it would be related to your mid back pain. Its hard to get an idea of exactly where your pain is, but the superior vena cava lies next to the upper lobe of the right lung. It...

Back and Neck Injury: sacrum, sacroiliac joint pain, sacroilliac joint pain
sacroiliac joint pain, sacroilliac joint pain, s i joint pain: Hi Jason, The good news is that there is a lot you can do all by yourself to stabilize your sacrum. Once you understand that bones only go where muscles and soft-tissue hold them, then you can get busy releasing the inappropriate tension in your pelvis...

Back and Neck Injury: Spinal tumor?, epidural catheter, spinal tumor
epidural catheter, spinal tumor, thoracic spine: Hi Sarah, OK, It depends on the type of sensation. It could be related to a lumbar problem and that would cause altered sensation in a dermatome pattern. Have you experienced this before? Is it just since you have noticed the thoracic problem? It is...

Back and Neck Injury: Spinal tumor?, mid back pain, tiny veins
mid back pain, tiny veins, anxiety and panic attacks: Hi Sarah, Well, lets see the results and take it from there. Hopefully, I can discuss a musculoskeletal problem and perhaps give some advice. I am glad to hear you are handling this so well. Perhaps better than I at this point. It does sound like there...

Back and Neck Injury: C6/C7 hernate with fractured T1, whiplash injury, neck pain
whiplash injury, neck pain, back injury: Hi, Nikki, Disc herniation, itself, has no symptoms, but nerve impingement at the herniation shows up as pain, numbness and/or loss of muscular control in the muscles served by the affected nerves that exit the spinal column at the location of the herniation....

Back and Neck Injury: Cervical spondylosis, bulging disc protrusion, cervical stenosis, para central disc protrusion, Cervical spondylosis, cervical stenosis
Cervical spondylosis, cervical stenosis, para central disc protrusion: Hi, Cindy, The neck injuries you sustained triggered muscular contractions in your neck. These contractions cause compression of the discs and, if severe enough, lead to changes of bone condition in your vertebrae -- all of which lead to what you are...

Back and Neck Injury: neck pain and spasms in my neck, neck pain and spasms in my neck
neck pain and spasms in my neck: Hi, Greg, Please start with this write-up on neck injuries. | http://somatics.com/whiplash.htm Spasms commonly come from past injuries. This entry explains why/how: | http://somatics.com/recovery_from_injury.htm These write-ups explain causes and...

Back and Neck Injury: Back pain
Hi Megan, OK, lets get this out of the way. Whenever there is back pain with fever, there are some conditions that should be considered. None may apply, but it should be kept in mind. So; Kidney Stones, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), Gallstones, Pancreatitis,...

Back and Neck Injury: recent fall
Hi Patricia, I am sorry for the late response as I did not get my notifications from AllExperts regarding pending questions. I hope in the time that has passed that you have healed and this is no longer an issue. While out of my area of expertise, you gynecologist...

Back and Neck Injury: RIB PAIN, pain relief
pain relief: Dear Helen, Sorry to hear about the ribs. Ouch, I ve been there myself. Ribs take about 6 weeks to heal. Probably 8 weeks before you don t notice them at all. The pain will move around bit sometimes because all those intercostal muscles (rib muscles)...

Back and Neck Injury: Ribs, ribs, painful ribs
ribs, painful ribs, rib separation: First thing, Helen: Don t worry. OK. Trauma Reflex is a muscular action that occurs when we hurt ourselves. We tighten up. Yes, you had a pop, but I don t know if your rib really separated or if you just had a muscle spasm. The muscle involved...

Back and Neck Injury: Severe lower back pain, herniated discs, bulging discs
herniated discs, bulging discs, lower back pain: Hi, Jennifer, I m so sorry to hear of your pain. The first step is to get clarity on what s going on with you. The three articles I have linked, below, provide descriptions and causes of symptoms. You may find yourself described in them. If the...

Back and Neck Injury: severe neck and back pain, whiplash injury, neck pain
whiplash injury, neck pain, back injury: Hi, Lynn, Injuries trigger muscular contractions (see http://somatics.com/recovery_from_injury.htm); injuries to the neck trigger contractions in the neck. See http://somatics.com/whiplash.htm Contractions in the neck cause nerve impingement (pinch),...

Back and Neck Injury: T1 hairline fracture with mild herniation including C6 C7
Hi Nicole, Sorry to hear about your fall. Regarding disc herniation, T1 is rare, but should be visible on MRI. The signs and symptoms will vary, however, there are general signs and symptoms. For the first thoracic vertebra, T1, you can have arm pain,...

Back and Neck Injury: addn info
Hi Jeanne, Having arthritis or degeneration gives a smaller margin of error. Rotation or torsion should be limited, this can be a major problem with modic changes. I m not sure how it started or why and why it continues, but I would certainly consult a...

Back and Neck Injury: my balance, jaw joint pain
jaw joint pain : Hi Cardy, It sounds like you need to release your jaw first, and then your neck. When your jaw gets tight it can affect your inner ear and thereby throw off your balance. I show you how to release your jaw and your neck all by yourself on my completely...

Back and Neck Injury: balance and gait
Hi Cardy, The way to approach this would be to make sure there are no cardiovascular problems through your primary doctor and then get cleared with an ear, nose and throat doctor. Having ruled out any significant problems, it sounds like it could be related...

Back and Neck Injury: Collapse from back pain
Hi Christine, I m sorry to hear about this. You do have a very demanding job and I m not sure how you are doing it. With your condition, keeping stress off the back is a must. Standard x-rays will show any type of osteoporotic fracturing, which has to be...

Back and Neck Injury: pinched nerve
Hi Joyce, Every situation is different. It is not possible to say for sure, just possibilities. It is possible that that trauma to your head caused a disc to bulge or tear. This can happen and not be of initial consequence; not large enough to cause...

Back and Neck Injury: whiplashes/prevention
Sorry for the delay. Sports wise: Really, anything that strains the neck, or shakes it, not so hot. Golf and violin would be fine, I think. I think you should go about your daily life... what else can one do? Follow up with your local chiro and see...

Back and Neck Injury: pain next to top coccyx area
Hi Sai, Assuming your doctors have ruled out any cysts, checked for referred pain and have done some diagnostic imaging and it is not related to any specific trauma, you may consider trying some muscle therapy directed at the piriformis. You can see this...

Back and Neck Injury: acute lumbago, lumbago, s-i joint pain
lumbago, s-i joint pain, lower back pain: Hi, Desirai, No, it s not sciatica. Please see this entry: http://somatics.com/sciaticasymptoms-piriformissyndrome.htm It sounds like something I had (until I worked it out) -- distorted pelvis and sacrum displacement. Please see this entry | http://lawrencegoldsomatics.blogspot.com/2011/04/understanding-sacro-iliac-joints.html...

Back and Neck Injury: Chilhood Backpain, unable to be diagonosed!!, lumbago, s-i joint pain
lumbago, s-i joint pain, lower back pain: Hello, Sohaib, Here is an entry that explains back pain including muscle tension (muscles cannot be stiff; they can only tighten and shorten or loosen and lengthen). http://somatics.com/wordpress/chronic-back-pain/ The entry says what you can do to...

Back and Neck Injury: Coccydynia, pelvic girdle pain relief, sacroiliac joint pain relief
pelvic girdle pain relief, sacroiliac joint pain relief, lower back pain relief: Hello Hilda, A lot of people seem to like my Pelvic Girdle Pain Relief page, http://www.do-it-yourself-joint-pain-relief.com/pelvic-girdle-pain-relief.html#.Uzbd861dWFY It a lot of the same things I ve shown you in the SI Joint Videos, but I do a few...

Back and Neck Injury: back/hip pain, sciatica, hip pain
sciatica, hip pain, leg pain: Hi Bekah, Sorry to hear you are suffering. I am also sorry to hear your doctor is guessing. I would hope your doctor would refer you to an orthopedist to look into this more carefully. Even a chiropractor might be able to examine you in a way that would...

Back and Neck Injury: back pain, lower back pain relief, pelvic girdle pain relief
lower back pain relief, pelvic girdle pain relief, lower back pain remedy: Hi Karen, I would think there is still some inappropriate muslce/soft tissue tension in and around your pelvis that still needs to be released so your sacrum and your L5 can align over each other properly. If you go to my free website Do-It-Yourself-Joint-Pain-Relief.com,...

Back and Neck Injury: Back pain, since childhood. unable to diagnose., lower back pain relief, lower back pain remedy
lower back pain relief, lower back pain remedy, lower left back pain: Dear Sohaib, I m truly sorry to hear about your situation. I do think there is a possibility that I can offer you some techniques that may help you. Even if what you have what your doctors describe as myospasm or not more than muscle stiffness ,...

Back and Neck Injury: preventing back pain an athletes
Hi Alex, Any sport has the potential for injury. I would suggest seeing a chiropractor or therapist that can examine for muscle imbalances, potential areas of orthopedic concern and perhaps do some x-rays to make sure there is nothing structurally that...

Back and Neck Injury: sleep support
Hi Kathy, It may not be quite as effective, however, having the plywood on one side would probably work. I don t think a neck and head pillow would help unless he has neck issues and usually topper type pillows are soft. You would probably not want a...

Back and Neck Injury: FASCIA
Hi Roslyn, Sorry for the late response, I have not been getting my notifications from AllExperts and will look into further into this. It sounds like it could be a trapezius muscle problem. If you look at the muscle pain pattern at http://www.necksolutions.com/neck-strain.html...

Back and Neck Injury: Sons neck
Hi Chris, Sorry for the late response, I need to contact tech support to find out why I am still not getting my notifications. I am sorry to hear about your son. I played football in high school and got a bad stinger, which essentially ended my hopes...

Back and Neck Injury: Back ache
Hi Thomas, Sorry for the late reply and I hope you are feeling better. It is usually a strain of a muscle. If you have no pain in the leg(s), numbness, tingling, it is usually a muscle. However, the disc itself can produce pain and there can be muscle...

Back and Neck Injury: C12 compression fracture question, C12 compression fracture question
C12 compression fracture question: Hi, Sam, Yes, pain from an injury can come and go -- as muscles in the region get tight and get fatigued and sore, and then loosen, again and get refreshed (and the soreness fades). Also, pain from an injury can surface decades after the injury occurred....

Back and Neck Injury: Degenerative Osteochondral Bars with Foraminal Stenosis?, neck pain relief, neck pain treatment
neck pain relief, neck pain treatment, chronic neck pain: Hello Robson, Sorry to hear about your neck problems. The main issue from my perspective is the osteochondral bars on your cervical vertebrae. If they are, in fact, pressing on your spinal nerves then it will be difficult to get relief without a surgeon...

Back and Neck Injury: head and back injury
Hello Porsher, Yes, you should go to the doctor immediately. The headaches and blurry vision are a real concern. Go make sure you don t have more serious issues than you realize going on. It s important, so please make the time. Wishing you the...

Back and Neck Injury: lumbar mri
Hi Tara, I am glad it helped. I think that the next step might be injections. Just keep in mind any warning signs as I stated. As long as you do not have any of these, you can exhaust all options prior to any type of surgery, providing you can deal with...

Back and Neck Injury: Muscular/ T5 Injury
Hi Ayaz, Sorry to hear about your problem. You can not see if there is a disc herniation on an x-ray, it needs to be an MRI. Problems in the area are usually muscular. It can also be related to the shoulder. I would make sure there is no scar tissue in...

Back and Neck Injury: neck stiffness and pain ,and pain in left shoulder, neck and shoulder pain, neck shoulder pain relief
neck and shoulder pain, neck shoulder pain relief, shoulder and neck pain: Hello George, Sorry to hear about your neck pain. I m glad you ve had x-rays and an mri, so you can rule out things like bone spurs and stenosis. The good news is that the only thing left is the soft-tissue (mostly muscles) that must be pulling things...

Back and Neck Injury: numbness in left arm while walking, lift and twist injury, back surgery
lift and twist injury, back surgery, arm numbness: Hi, John, Your lift and twist injury set up a pattern of muscular contraction along your spine, which would cause pain and compress discs. Arm numbness would come from tight neck muscles squeezing the nerve trunk to your arm. The pain down your left...

Back and Neck Injury: cervical obn neck
Dear Derek, A previous injury may have involved a fall, a blow to the head, a motor vehicle accident, or anything else that causes a sudden, hard movement that causes your head to move and your neck muscles to tighten up. Please see this entry for more...

Back and Neck Injury: Chronic upper back pain, chronic upper back pain
chronic upper back pain: Hello, Carly, Without seeing you and going by what you ve written, I think your back pain is muscle fatigue, a consequence of the surgery you had for bowel perforation and from the pain of the perforation, itself. Your belly muscles tightened up from...

Back and Neck Injury: Lumbarization of S1
Back and Neck Injury: Lumbarization of S1

Back and Neck Injury: Lumbarization of S1, Lumbarization of S1, dural ecstasia
Lumbarization of S1, dural ecstasia, low back pain: Hello, Virginia, I would check for lumbar compression, usually due to very tight lumbar spinal muscles. When tissue shortens, it thickens, as with the subarachnoid sac. When tissue shortens, as with lumbar compression, it thickens, as with the dural sac....

Back and Neck Injury: Short pain in head, sharp pain in head
sharp pain in head: Hi, Fred, It could be neuromuscular -- and I advise consulting with a medical doctor to rule out anything ominous. Please see these entries on neck conditions, which it is what it would be if neuromuscular: http://somatics.com/whiplash.htm http://somatics.com/Treatment_for_TMJ,1.ht...

Back and Neck Injury: disc prolapse L4/L5 s1 discectomy, discectomy, prolapsed disc
discectomy, prolapsed disc: Hi, Hope, No surgery for a prolapsed disc takes care of the underlying cause: tight back muscles. See the entry on discs on this page: http://somatics.com/back_pain_terms.htm and the entry on back trouble on this page: http://somatics.com/wordpress/chronic-back-pain/...

Back and Neck Injury: Dizziness and feeling of blacking out
Hi Karen, Try to take it easy, worrying is not going to make things better. It may be related to the neck, however, more frequently it is a condition called benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) and this can be related to the inner ear and can...

Back and Neck Injury: MRI Cervical
Back and Neck Injury: MRI Cervical

Back and Neck Injury: sudden onset weakness in lower back and legs
Back and Neck Injury: sudden onset weakness in lower back and legs

Back and Neck Injury: frozen shoulder, frozen shoulder exercises, frozen shoulder treatment
frozen shoulder exercises, frozen shoulder treatment, frozen shoulder pain relief: Hello, Sorry to hear about your shoulder. Frozen shoulders can be very tricky for folks, so I made a video series on frozen shoulders that is totally free to everyone. You can find it here, http://www.do-it-yourself-joint-pain-relief.com/frozen-shoulder-exercises-and-treatment.html...

Back and Neck Injury: Leg-pain, leg pain, knee pain
leg pain, knee pain, crepitus: Dear Anil Desai, Most knee pain of the type you describe comes from tight hamstrings. Please see this article | http://somatics.com/hamstrings-and-knees.htm | for more information and a tutorial video for what to do. You may disregard drug recommendations...

Back and Neck Injury: MRI Cervical
Hello, Amy, Bulging discs, dessication (dehydration) and narrowing; curvature and displaced vertebrae come from chronically contracted neck (cervical) and thoracic spinal muscles. Surgery can t help that; you need neuromuscular retraining to regain the...

Back and Neck Injury: MRI Lumbar spine
Hi Amy, Sorry to hear about your symptoms and the impact it has on your life. The MRI findings are numerous, however, they must be correlated to specific symptoms in order to provide clinical reasoning for treatments. I know how incapacitating migraines...

Back and Neck Injury: Back Pain
Hi, Sorry to hear about your wife. The MRI does not give the impression that surgery is needed, however, it really depends on her symptoms. The symptoms and MRI must be correlated with physical findings from an orthopedic and neurological exam. The only...

Back and Neck Injury: Back Pain, chronic back pain, spondylitic changes
chronic back pain, spondylitic changes, arthropathy: Dear Anil, To add to my comments, spondylitic changes come from long-term pulls of spinal muscles upon their attachments. Facet joint arthropathy means that the joint surfaces where neighboring vertebrae meet have been rubbing due to too-close proximity...

Back and Neck Injury: Pain in the Neck and Shoulder, Pain in the Neck and Shoulder, migraines
Pain in the Neck and Shoulder, migraines: Hello, Karen. The answer is, yes. There is something much better than massage or trigger point therapy. I m giving you links to relevant entries. the approach | http://somatics.com/HSEdescription.htm on headaches | http://somatics.com/headaches.htm...

Back and Neck Injury: Si joint? or..?, best hamstring stretches
best hamstring stretches: Hi Richard, I’m glad your doing your best to free your body. Keep up the good work. Yes, I still think it’s muscular, especially since you’ve been to the MD already in the past and he said basically “nothing is wrong”. No, I don’t think you have a...

Back and Neck Injury: sudden onset weakness in lower back and legs, lumbar stenosis
lumbar stenosis: Maggie; Scary stuff!! I read your note as saying you have a fusion of L5 and 6.. do you have 6 lumbars? The truth is that the nervous system is like a river of electrical information, going up and down the spinal column. Direct pressure on the...

Back and Neck Injury: low back pain
Wow, it sounds like it could be any number of things that could be causing your problems. It could be a hernia, it could be a lumbar disc injury, it could be an inctrapment of the iliohypogastric nerve... As one of my instructors said, The patient is...

Back and Neck Injury: neck injury possibility
If the pain continues for more than 48 hours then I would be concerned. There is a process called inflammation which occurs with tissue damage, and if he was too aggressive I d be inclined to think that s what happened. Ice is a great anti-inflammatory!...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck Pain, Headaches, Numbness L& R hands, neck pain relief
neck pain relief: Hi Sara, I m very sorry to hear about your situation. I will be very honest with you and let you know that I almost opted to not answer your question because you have so much going on in your neck and it s rather tricky to give you an opinion via the...

Back and Neck Injury: Back pain exercices, Back pain exercices, back pain exercises
Back pain exercices, back pain exercises: Hello, Abraham. The short answer and the one of immediate use to you, with a herniated disc, is Gentle Spine Waves , shown here: | http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGwFNYRoBBQ The disc herniated due to long-term overcompression by tight spinal muscles....

Back and Neck Injury: Tried techniques for upper back, natural migraine relief
natural migraine relief: Hi Lilian, Glad to hear you ve found my techniques helpful. You might just want to do the Neck Pain Relief series. Now that you ve released your upper back you may just be feeling the effects of a tight neck. It s not normal to have a headache, but...

Back and Neck Injury: Bilateral calf cramping, Bilateral calf cramping
Bilateral calf cramping: The dermatomes don t apply just to the skin, but to all places in the region the nerve serves. It may feel like cramps; if you rub the region and nothing changes, it s not cramps, but nerve compression pain, which may be interpreted as deep pain. When sensory...

Back and Neck Injury: Broken Neck Surgery
Hi Melissa, My pleasure. I see your in SC. I went to school and spent many years practicing there. So, second opinion - Charleston & Columbia. I know the University Medical School in Charleston does some great work. All the best! Dr. Stev...

Back and Neck Injury: bulging disc reinjured
This absolutely could reinjure your neck... doctors call it an exacerbation of your condition. Both docs appear to be correct, as a sprain is a stretch of a ligament, and the disc is by definition a ligament. I would tell your DC to take flexion/ extension...

Back and Neck Injury: headaches and tingling
Well, let s start with the obvious; any time there is numbness or tingling, that is due to a lack of oxygen or blood to the nervous system. Specifically in your hand where you feel numb directly relates to different nervous tissue, and an exam would outline...

Back and Neck Injury: HERNIATED DISK, herniated disc, dizzy spells
herniated disc, dizzy spells, nerve impingements: Hello, Ross. First the numbness: nerve impingements caused by muscular contractions. Please see these entries: http://somatics.com/whiplash.htm http://somatics.com/recovery_from_injury.htm I agree with your doctor: cortisone is useless because...

Back and Neck Injury: back injury, back injury
back injury: Hi, Leah, Your son went into spasm. This entry explains the situation: http://somatics.com/recovery_from_injury.htm Waiting for improvement is an iffy proposition for the reason explained in the entry. Ice may bring symptomatic improvement but does...

Back and Neck Injury: MRI results so i can understand it
Hi Dezarie, OK, lets go over the findings that are related to your symptoms of chronic low back pain radiating to the left hip. We look for a correlation between the findings on imaging studies and the symptoms that you have. This should also be correlated...

Back and Neck Injury: reinjured bulging disc
Hi Carolyn, Sorry to hear about your accident and I hope you make a speedy recovery. Right now, you cannot see a bulging disc unless there is an MRI exam. It is typical to have sore muscles from a strain. In general, a collar and muscle relaxers are...

Back and Neck Injury: Tethers cord, neurogenic bladder, frequent urination
neurogenic bladder, frequent urination: Hi, Sean, A number of seemingly inexplicable symptoms come from having a twisted sacrum. Rather than get wordy, here . . . I ll be wordy elsewhere! Please see my entry and read it for fit . | http://lawrencegoldsomatics.blogspot.com/2011/04/understanding-sacro-iliac-joints.html...

Back and Neck Injury: 22yr. old male with Sciatica, blue navigation bar, muscle spasm
blue navigation bar, muscle spasm, lawrence gold: Hello, Robert, Basic information on sciatica exists at somatics.com/conditions.htm. It s possible that your lifting weights has contributed to the muscular tensions creating the sciatica. Are you musclebound? For practitioners, click PRACTITIONERS...

Back and Neck Injury: 2years constant back pain, lumbar scoliosis, strengthening exercises
lumbar scoliosis, strengthening exercises, back muscles: Although I am not a physician, I can tell you that the physical therapy is the key. You ll need to lose weight, do strengthening exercises for your abdominal muscles and your back muscles, and do slow, controlled stretching exercises to relieve the muscle...

Back and Neck Injury: 4th surgery is it worth it, nerve signal, person drinks
nerve signal, person drinks, surgical changes: Brenda: Thanks for writing! Yes, it is indeed time for you to find a new way. When a disc problem is this persistent, I know one of two things is happening. There is a nerve signal coming from an organ--uterus, colon--which is stressing the disk....

Back and Neck Injury: 6 year old sons neck pops when he nodes it up and down, whiplash injuries, lawrence gold
whiplash injuries, lawrence gold, tight muscles: Hello, Rachel. That s a bit unusual, for someone his age. Usually, popping in the neck results from tight muscles, the usual consequence of a fall or injury. Here s an article on whiplash injuries that may or may not be relevant to your son s history:...

Back and Neck Injury: 805.4 Fracture of vertebral column without mention of spinal cord injury, Lumbar, closed., fracture of vertebral column, car insurance company
fracture of vertebral column, car insurance company, titanium rod: Hello, Jack. My name is: TOM. It sounds to me you are a very focused, And Smart Person! You are on the right track. I would say yes to your question Insurance Companys are in the business to NOT Pay. I myself are in the same boat as you, I just had...

Back and Neck Injury: Back Ache, facet joint arthropathy, lumbar lordosis
facet joint arthropathy, lumbar lordosis, lumbar spinal cord: This seems to be a common question for a lot of people with concerns regarding what to do besides surgery. As a general rule, you want to exhaust all conservative treatments before you opt to go for surgery. Your MRI report shows you ve got quite a bit going...

Back and Neck Injury: Alternative Pain Relief?, active range of motion exercises, range of motion exercises
active range of motion exercises, range of motion exercises, anesthetic injections: Hi Nicky, Sorry to hear about your husband :( Unfortunately, these procedures rarely if ever turn out good. It doesn t sound like he had much choice so his options were limited. Same goes for his present issues, conservative management isn t likely to...

Back and Neck Injury: Annular disc tear L5/S1, cortizone injections, nerve root compression
cortizone injections, nerve root compression, disc herniation: Dear Christine, There should not have been an authorization password (technical glitch) and the problem has been corrected. You may now get free access to the website and pages indicated, Beyond Stretching (somatics.com/page4.htm) and somatics.com/page3.htm....

Back and Neck Injury: Annular Tear Intervertebral Disc L5-S1, painful muscle spasms, private health care
painful muscle spasms, private health care, pins and needles: Tony: Thanks for writing! The problem you are dealing with is one of ignorance on the part of the doctors. They do not realize there is a direct reflex relationship between the low back and the neck. The injury to your low back has messed up your neck...

Back and Neck Injury: Annular tear and DDD, flare ups, stretching exercises
flare ups, stretching exercises, back surgery: Although I am not a physician or neurosurgeon, I can say that it is virtually impossible to diagnose conditions over the internet. A much better answer can be given by a medical professional who has access to examining you in person, reviewing your entire...

Back and Neck Injury: Anterior cord syndrome, range of motion exercises, cardiovascular exercises
range of motion exercises, cardiovascular exercises, christopher reeve: Because every spinal cord injury is unique, it is impossible to determine who will recover, how much they will recover, or how long it will take. As a result, there are really no explanations for these types of recovery. It appears in this case that the person...

Back and Neck Injury: Anxiety and Back and Neck, muscle strains, proper tests
muscle strains, proper tests, chest area: I can not tell if it is a heart attack without proper tests, but muscle strains can cause these issues, and they can start a day or two later. If you have ever been in a car accident or know someone that has they didn t get sore for a couple of days. The...

Back and Neck Injury: AORTIC ANEURYSM, car accident cases, ruptured aorta
car accident cases, ruptured aorta, body organs: Pervez: Thanks for writing! Yes, I can see that you should be concerned about how you are feeling since the accident. That sounds like an injury that needs to be corrected. If not corrected, it could be giving you trouble for the rest of your life. ...

Back and Neck Injury: Arched Back, cystic fibrosis, arched back
cystic fibrosis, arched back, starbuck: For many reasons you should be seeing a chiropractor. Keeping the spine mobile with help in many ways, such as keeping the ribs mobile so you can breathe easier, keeps the muscle loose so you can breathe easier, keeps the diaphragm loose so you can breathe...

Back and Neck Injury: Arm and leg numbness with pain, arm and leg numbness, lawrence gold
arm and leg numbness, lawrence gold, somatic education: Sounds like nerve impingements with possible disc problems, provoked by your lifting action. Muscle spasms are probably present. If it goes away, it is likely that the involved muscles (low back and neck -- actually, the entire spinal musculature) will...

Back and Neck Injury: Arm Muscle Injury???, sand scoop, weekend in montreal
sand scoop, weekend in montreal, tiger balm: Marc: Thanks for writing! I would use ice. The biceps is on the lung meridian, so Vit C and Water intake are also essential. It might be a case of dehydration, since you might not have taken time to drink water in the hunt. Tylenol is a deadly liver...

Back and Neck Injury: Arm muscle pain, arm muscle, lack of sleep
arm muscle, lack of sleep, bulging disc: Colleen: Thanks for writing! A bulging disc can be a real problem. Phsical therapy sometimes helps, but in your case it has not. Get started on drinking a lot of water every day and night, about 8 ounces every hour and a half, at least. Get some herbal...

Back and Neck Injury: Arm, neck and back pains, physiotherapy exercises, nerve supply
physiotherapy exercises, nerve supply, burning sensation: Dear Fabiana, I am a bit confused...was the original/diagnosis injury to your left arm, the left shoulder, or an injury to the neck affecting the nerve supply into the left arm? The reason I ask is that these are all very different injuries and require...

Back and Neck Injury: Auto Accident Back Pain, clinical somatic education, whiplash injuries
clinical somatic education, whiplash injuries, muscle spasm: The ER people were wrong. It s not muscle strain (implying damage); it s muscle spasm (contraction and the burn of muscle fatigue). Your experience is typical of whiplash injuries; it s an automatic, self-protective reaction of tightening up. The accident...

Back and Neck Injury: Auto accident / pain, muscular contractions, lawrence gold
muscular contractions, lawrence gold, somatic education: Janice, Most such injuries involve muscular contractions in reaction to the shock / pain of injury. Those contractions cause pain and stiffness and can be relieved by retraining the muscles involved. No healing is involved with such contractions, as no...

Back and Neck Injury: accident, pi lawyer, durnin
pi lawyer, durnin, dr timothy: Hi Denise, Get a PI lawyer first, he/she will send you to a doctor that deals in these matters. The MRI will be ordered and settlement should follow upon release, usually 2x medical bills. So, if your medical bills add up to 3K, an average settlement would...

Back and Neck Injury: acute lumbaar sprain, work comp insurance, muscle relaxors
work comp insurance, muscle relaxors, conventional medicine: I have experienced working with work comp drs and it is difficult go against what they say because the work comp insurance will stop paying. More or less, what ever the work comp dr says goes. My suggestion is to do what you need to do to get the work comp...

Back and Neck Injury: acute neck pain, neck pain stiffness, anti inflammatory drugs
neck pain stiffness, anti inflammatory drugs, base of my skull: Naomi: It appears you have been thrown into the barrel of statistics that says 90% of the people will get better by the methods you described. Unfortunately, you are not one of those. The problem is not that you have a rare problem, but that you simply have...

Back and Neck Injury: annular tear, degenerative disc disease, l5 s1 disc
degenerative disc disease, l5 s1 disc, back and leg pain: Rachel: Thanks for writing! I am sorry to hear about your pain. I have some ideas on how to solve it. Recent studies show that as many as 30% of the people walking around without pain in their back or legs have the degenerative disc disease and herniation...

Back and Neck Injury: annular tear, paul minnesota area, l5 s1
paul minnesota area, l5 s1, st paul minnesota: I m glad you had some prior success using chiropractic, it is a good, non-invasive way to help. I would do one of 2 things. I don t know what kind of chiropractic treatment you got before (yes there are different kinds), but if all they did was some traction...

Back and Neck Injury: annular tears and injections, chiros, steroid injections
chiros, steroid injections, water therapy: Jo: Thanks for writing! First of all, I would make sure you are drinking enough water. There is a great book out there called How to deal with back pain and rheumatoid Joint pain by Dr. Batmanghelidj. Get that and follow the directions. There is...

Back and Neck Injury: annular tears, ct mylogram, spinal traction
ct mylogram, spinal traction, l5 s1: If the nerve is not impinged, that means there is room , most of the pain is present positionally, meaning it comes when you sit or stand too long, etc. I would look into some chiropractic treatments, specifically doctors that do spinal traction, or in my...

Back and Neck Injury: anterior annular tears, nerve root compression, nerve entrapment
nerve root compression, nerve entrapment, somatic educator: Francis, I don t have experience with anterior annular disc tears. However TOS originates from nerve entrapment in the neck, not the lumbar area. It s not the tears that would cause such problems in the lower extremities, but pressure on anterior...

Back and Neck Injury: area above the hip, inch pvc pipe, functional scoliosis
inch pvc pipe, functional scoliosis, iliacus muscle: Sounds like your obliques are involved and possibly the iliacus muscle. But no stretching or strengthening exercise is appropriate, as what is needed is to learn to relax the involved muscles. They are neither short nor weak, but contracting actively....

Back and Neck Injury: arm and hand numbness, arm and hand numbness, arm numbness
arm and hand numbness, arm numbness, gentle manipulation: It difficult to give you exact answers without seeing you in person. It sounds like you need some disc work in your neck, but also some joint work (shoulders, elbows, wrists) to help relieve the hand/arm numbness. With it going down both sides tells me...

Back and Neck Injury: arm and hand numbness, arm and hand numbness, numb arm
arm and hand numbness, numb arm, bed mattress: Jane, None of the conditions you cited is responsible for your symptoms; they are all secondary to habitually (involuntarily) contracted back muscles, all the way into your neck. It s a conditioning problem; they re musclebound. Tight neck muscles pinch...

Back and Neck Injury: arm and leg numbness/aching, arm and leg numbness, nerve impingement
arm and leg numbness, nerve impingement, more detailed explanation: Dear Amelia, The feeling of limbs falling asleep is probably due to nerve impingement (probably in your neck and low back), the result of the combination of tension and working position. Without more detail about your desk job, I can t say more. Nerve...

Back and Neck Injury: Back and arm pain, left arm pain, mid back pain
left arm pain, mid back pain, nerve involvement: From the information you ve given, I would agree that there is some kind of nerve involvement causing the left arm pain. Your mid-back pain might have been a strained muscle from some activity that you did. However, you could have a pinched nerve causing...

Back and Neck Injury: Back and arm pains, shoulder blade, arm pains
shoulder blade, arm pains, gall bladder: Without a proper exam I am just speculating, but it sounds like you have 2 or more different problems going on. You could have some organ issues going on, such as liver, gall bladder, pancreas, again without a proper exam I m not sure. The pain in your back...

Back and Neck Injury: auto acc, thecal sac, disc protrusion
thecal sac, disc protrusion, mri films: It is difficult to give you an exact answer without seeing you myself to performs some orthopedic tests and looking at the MRI films. The thecal sac is the spinal cord, So all of the cervical spine disc issues is normal. The only way the insurance company...

Back and Neck Injury: auto-related neck injury, medical care providers, personal injury claim
medical care providers, personal injury claim, jey: Dear Jey, What state are you in? The laws vary from state to state. 1.There is no typical adjuster s authority. Some adjusters only have $10.000 authority.They all have to get authority from their supervisors. 2.In Washington State,under $25.000, at...

Back and Neck Injury: Balancing things out. Core vs. lower back, psoas muscles, passive exercises
psoas muscles, passive exercises, lawrence gold: Dear Robert, My original comment about the kind of exercises you do not being capable of reaching the psoas muscles holds good. The reason: it s not a strengthening issue; it s a control and relaxation issue. Moreover, a kind of precision in direction...

Back and Neck Injury: Getting Better or Status Quo, loss of the normal cervical lordosis, spinal cord compression
loss of the normal cervical lordosis, spinal cord compression, normal cervical lordosis: Amy: Thanks for writing! First, get a picture of the neckbones and study it a little. The bones are made with a thick rounded part in front (body of the neck bone), A hole thru them just behind that for the spinal cord (big nerve)and coming of of the...

Back and Neck Injury: Broken Clavicle, glucosamine sulfate, painful injuries
glucosamine sulfate, painful injuries, durnin: Hi Jay, A broken clavicle can be one of the most painful injuries to manage because most people sleep on their side and/or roll frequently sleeping. From a healing standpoint, keep sleeping like you are if you can without causing low back or neck issues....

Back and Neck Injury: Broken Neck, cause nerve damage, therapeutic ultrasound
cause nerve damage, therapeutic ultrasound, scar tissue: Hi Kaytlyn, The probability is pretty slim, your husband is charmed for sure. Surgery is only done when absolutely necessary since scar tissue proliferation a year later causes more problems then it solves. What your husband needs is therapeutic ultrasound...

Back and Neck Injury: BULGED DISC IN NECK W/CYST AND ARTHRITIS, tight neck muscles, excess tension
tight neck muscles, excess tension, lawrence gold: Crissy, The cyst may require surgery, but should be relatively minor surgery. Discs bulge when put under excess pressure -- such as when tight neck muscles pull the vertebrae too close together. The arthritis may have the same cause. Surgery won t...

Back and Neck Injury: Bulged disc in neck, bone spur, back muscles
bone spur, back muscles, shoulder blade: Rachel, What you re describing sounds like one or more tight muscles in your neck. Tight muscles cause discs to bulge, the way overloading a car causes its tires to bulge at the bottom, and that s a herniation. Tight muscles are fatigued, and cause the...

Back and Neck Injury: Bulged disc in neck, whiplash injury, lawrence gold
whiplash injury, lawrence gold, muscular conditions: Scott, First advice: steer clear of surgery. It s inappropriate for muscular conditions of the kind you have described. Muscular tensions are controlled by your brain. The muscles can be retrained -- and in fact must be for lasting relief. It s those...

Back and Neck Injury: Bulging Disc, disc bulge, muscle spasm
disc bulge, muscle spasm, doctors orders: Hi, Matthew, This doesn t sound like an injury; it sounds like a muscle spasm (muscle(s) stuck in contraction). You re musclebound in your back. Tight back muscles pull vertebrae closer together, causing intervening discs to bulge. Over a long time,...

Back and Neck Injury: Bulging Disk-can it get better, l5 s1, inversion table
l5 s1, inversion table, vertabre: You are on the right track with the treatments. The bulge will eventually resolve as long as you stay with the treatments and do the exercises that are suggested. I m unsure about the inversion table, I do not use them, and I am uncomfortable giving you...

Back and Neck Injury: Bulging disc in neck, central canal stenosis, dumbell shoulder presses
central canal stenosis, dumbell shoulder presses, bulging disc in neck: You have every chance in the world to recover completely, but why do you need to move that kind of weight around. I was a competitive strongman for 4-5 years and then I became a doctor and realized that the weight is not important, it is the form. I m sure...

Back and Neck Injury: Bulging disc and weight training, bicep curls, bulging disc
bicep curls, bulging disc, herniation: Swimming is a good alternative, there is very little stress on joints and discs. But my strongest suggestion is to get the bulging disc fixed as soon as possible before before it becomes a herniation that causes more problems. Since it is minor, I strongly...

Back and Neck Injury: Bulging discs at C4/C5 & C5/C6, acupuncture treatments, bulging discs
acupuncture treatments, bulging discs, orthopedic surgeon: Hi Evelyn, You are absolutely correct, this is unlikely the source of your mothers pain. Surgery is the last resort anyway, taking a few weeks and getting towel traction on the neck will rule this out anyway. Even home overdoor type traction units would...

Back and Neck Injury: Bulging disk in neck, bulging disk in neck, pins and needles
bulging disk in neck, pins and needles, muscular contractions: Hi, Jackie. What you are describing are effects of muscular contractions in your neck: the pull forward, the pins and needles (nerve impingement). The bulging disc is secondary, an effect, not a cause, the result of muscular contractions squeezing vertebrae...

Back and Neck Injury: Bulging/Fractured Disc between L4-L5, medical films, invasive approaches
medical films, invasive approaches, neuro surgeon: Since I am not a physician and because I have no access to your medical films, I can t say whether the surgery would be necessary or helpful in your particular case. Having said that, it is important to understand that a surgeon usually wants to do surgery....

Back and Neck Injury: Bulging L5 disc and annular tear of same disc, lower back pain, back muscles
lower back pain, back muscles, physiatrist: Hello, Kristen, Whereas annular disc tears cause their own problems, the additional possible problem is this: surgeries, and particularly those as problematic as yours, induce muscles to contract in a reaction known as Trauma Reflex. It s a spontaneous...

Back and Neck Injury: Bursitus of the Hip, chiropractic chiropractors, cortisone shot
chiropractic chiropractors, cortisone shot, cortisone: You need more than a shot. Although cortisone has come good anti-inflammatory properties, long term use can cause many problems in the body, such as potential for bone loss. There are more natural ways to treat bursitis, herbal anti-inflammatories that work...

Back and Neck Injury: Bursitus, mg motrin, lawrence gold
mg motrin, lawrence gold, tight muscle: Bursitis is commonly associated with an excessively tight muscle, whose tight tendon passes across the bursa and squeezes it. Best treatment: retrain the involved muscle(s) to a more normal level of tension. Option: somatic training Learn more at...

Back and Neck Injury: Buttock Pain, hi thanx, many different things
hi thanx, many different things, st paul minnesota: It is difficult to give you an exact answer without a proper exam. It sounds like you have strained some of the muscles of you low back and buttock area. This could be due to many different things, but in my experience it is usually due to a bony imbalance....

Back and Neck Injury: Buttock Pain, hi thanx, muscular problem
hi thanx, muscular problem, physical shape: Dear Avi, Yes the leg length inequality is significant and will only complicate the issue. What you need to do is get a standing x-ray of your pelvis and lumbar spine. It should be analyzed again to measure what the leg length inequality is, and to see...

Back and Neck Injury: bad back, facet joints, disc bulge
facet joints, disc bulge, st paul minnesota: It sounds like you have hit a wall with the current treatments, and if the therapist is correct about hip twisting there is nothing they can do about it. My suggestion is to seek a chiropractic opinion and evaluation. Everybody has some sort of disc...

Back and Neck Injury: best method for recovery from chronic pain, chronic neck pain, cervical vertebrea
chronic neck pain, cervical vertebrea, muscle contractures: Dear Michelle, To dispense with the quickest question, first, I can t advise you on legal recourse. Your symptoms (and bone spurs) are typical of neck muscle contractures of long duration (as you say). (See the article on whiplash injuries at somatics.com/page4.htm.)...

Back and Neck Injury: I am a big mess!, poor blood flow, kindey infection
poor blood flow, kindey infection, l5 s1: Tesha: Thanks for writing! Let me assure you, none of this is in your head. This is a physical problem and demands a physical answer. First of all, how much water do you drink? The disc get a very poor blood flow. They depend on the area around them...

Back and Neck Injury: bilateral femoral nerve damage, femoral nerve damage, c section delivery
femoral nerve damage, c section delivery, hip and leg pain: Dear Karen, Wow, sorry to hear of your plight. The symptoms that you have described are not uncommon, and are most likely generated from irritation of the spinal cord or the nerve roots of the low back. Obviously the birthing process is the original source...

Back and Neck Injury: bodyboarding accident, slow stretching, c shape
slow stretching, c shape, crunches: First of all, congratulations for not being severely injured. The crunches that you felt could be vertebra (bones surrounding the spinal cord) in your back and/or your ribs from being forced into a severe position. If you are not experiencing any problems...

Back and Neck Injury: bone broken between neck and back, durnin, chiroweb
durnin, chiroweb, dr timothy: Hi Chandrasekar, I feel real bad about your sister, without knowing specifics, it is near impossible to advise you accordingly. She obviously needs an X-ray and a MRI if possible. If she can feel and move all her body parts, that s good. I don t even...

Back and Neck Injury: bone spur--neck, pete egoscue, bone spurs
pete egoscue, bone spurs, thomas hanna: Steve, The matter of dietary deficiency (or excess) wouldn t explain why bone spurs form WHERE they do. As to Pete Egoscue s exercises, I have seen pictures. They don t seem to take coordination into account, which makes a difference where movement...

Back and Neck Injury: back brace, back braces, diet pepsi
back braces, diet pepsi, cheesse: Todd: Thanks for writing! Whether or not a back brace would help under this situation depends on the person wearing it. If one drinks no water and lives on Diet Pepsi and Cheesse Crisps, nothing will help. With adequation water intake and nutrition,...

Back and Neck Injury: about my bulge disc, l4 l5, bulge disc
l4 l5, bulge disc, car wreck: Lori: Thanks for writing! After Five months it is unlikely that physical therapy will do you any good. Go to www.sorsi.com, www.icak.com and www.soto-usa.com and look for a good chiropractor near you. They can gently take the tension out of you spine...

Back and Neck Injury: bulge of L4-L5 disc, lawrence gold, sciata
lawrence gold, sciata, piriformis muscle: Dear Jii, You have proceeded in a most intelligent manner. There is something effective you can do. The relief you get from stretching indicates that the problem is muscular and not from the spina bifida. Read the relevant articles at somatics.com/page4.htm;...

Back and Neck Injury: bulging discs in neck and dizziness, inner ear problem, bulging discs in neck
inner ear problem, bulging discs in neck, ent doctors: The pain can definitely involve the neck. It might be tight muscles or pinched nerves from a vertebra being just slightly out of place. Constant pain and muscle tension cause result in dizziness. However, most surgeons, neurologists, and ENT doctors wouldn...

Back and Neck Injury: bulging disks, thecal sac, l5 s1
thecal sac, l5 s1, disk protrusion: Dear Kim, It s always possible that something other than muscular tension is involved, but unlikely. Yoga, Pilates and stretching are no guarantee of relaxed muscles. Many of my clients are engaged in those practices. Lie on your belly and reach...

Back and Neck Injury: bump on back of my neck, hair line, x ray
hair line, x ray, neck injury: Since you didn t have an accident, we know that it s not a neck injury. I would recommend that you see a doctor that can examine you and take an X-ray to see what s going on. It s really impossible to tell on the internet. Thank you for your question,...

Back and Neck Injury: C-1 & C-2 fractures with odontoid crush, halo vest, halo brace
halo vest, halo brace, severe headaches: Yes, you are lucky to be alive, but you shouldn t have to live in pain for the rest of your life either. Keep in mind you had some serious trauma along with some major surgical procedures followed by long-term immobilization. During the time you were using...

Back and Neck Injury: C 2 Fracture, c2 fracture, neck fracture
c2 fracture, neck fracture, 3 doctors: Because I am not a neurosurgeon and I have no idea what the fracture looks like or its actual location in relation to the spinal cord, I can t really give a good judgement on what would be the best course of action. However, while I admit that all surgery...

Back and Neck Injury: C-5/C-6 compression, western states chiropractic college, decompression therapy
western states chiropractic college, decompression therapy, portland area: In Portland, OR, I would suggest calling the local chiropractic college - Western States Chiropractic College. They should be able to refer you to several practitioners in the area that use decompression therapy. Thank you for your question, Susan. Please...

Back and Neck Injury: C-5 to C-7 Stenosis, Bulging Disc + trap and hand pain, tight neck muscles, deep tissue massage
tight neck muscles, deep tissue massage, ulner nerve: Dear Cindi, ... what doctors are telling people ...(sigh) People have a universal response to injury: they tighten up. That accounts for the pain in your trapezius. It also accounts for bone spurs, which form at the attachments of tight muscles. ...

Back and Neck Injury: C1/C2 fructure, c2 fracture, bike accident
c2 fracture, bike accident, icak: V: Thanks for writing! Is your friend in any pain? If not, I would delay the surgery as long as possible. Take a lot of bone and ligament foods and supplements and see if it will heal. The protomorphegens from Standard Process are very effective in healing...

Back and Neck Injury: C1 fracture, durnin, bike and ride
durnin, bike and ride, contact sports: Hi Brandon, Obviously I can t say one way or another without looking at the films. I would find another doctor for another opinion since this doesn t make sense. If the fracture healed normally than it will be stronger at the fracture site than ever, with...

Back and Neck Injury: C1 fracture and halo care, hydrogen peroxide, sterile gauze
hydrogen peroxide, sterile gauze, c1 fracture: Hi Denyse, I took my friend flying in my plane with his halo. Many C1 fractures are missed early, that s why they are called occult fractures. It can take up to 3 days before hairline fractures to show up. The CT should have caught it though. If it was...

Back and Neck Injury: C1 vertebrae fracture, contact sports, bike and ride
contact sports, bike and ride, neck injuries: While I m not a physician or neurosurgeon, I can tell you that any damaged part of the body is not as strong as it was before the damage. I don t know who everyone is that has told you that but I must disagree with all of them. Your doctor is correct...

Back and Neck Injury: C1 vertebrae fracture, muscular contractions, reflex actions
muscular contractions, reflex actions, contact sports: Hi, Brandon, Since I don t know your doctor s rationale for avoiding contact sports, I can t address it. What I can say is that the typical consequence of an injury is a reflexive tightening of muscles in related areas. They tend to stay tight unless...

Back and Neck Injury: C3 Fracture - 3 yrs later, arteries and veins, degeneration of the spine
arteries and veins, degeneration of the spine, nerve roots: Dear Karla, Yes these symptoms can be related to your previous crash, but a direct link is difficult to determine. The reason is that the fracture occurred so long ago, and the fact that this is a new symptom from what you had previously experienced. ...

Back and Neck Injury: C5, whiplash injuries, muscular contraction
whiplash injuries, muscular contraction, lawrence gold: Hi, Steve, Bones go where muscles pull them. One or more displaced vertebrae usually indicates muscular contraction in the cervical spine. [This paragraph addresses your C5 displacement.] That can be retrained by somatic education, so that muscles maintain...

Back and Neck Injury: C5-C6 & C6-C7, bad posture, st paul minnesota
bad posture, st paul minnesota, cinema screen: Without a proper exam I can only give you my opinion. The disc degeneration is most likely due to the straightening of you neck. The straightening of you neck is probably due to years of bad posture which most people have because of work habits or old...

Back and Neck Injury: C5-C6 Herniation, lawrence gold, neck muscles
lawrence gold, neck muscles, desk job: Dear Steve, First, stop thinking in terms of stretches and think in terms of getting enough control of your neck muscles to be able to relax them. Stretching won t help, in the long run, and sometimes they cause muscles to get tighter. Secondly, check...

Back and Neck Injury: C5-C6 mild central spinal stenosis - younger patient, arthritis medication, neck trauma
arthritis medication, neck trauma, drug seeker: Dear Craig, Sorry to hear about your spinal problems, and sorry it has taken me a week to respond to your question...network issues at my office. Anyway, the degeneration you have acquired in the neck is most likely due to the fact that you have abnormal...

Back and Neck Injury: C5-C6 protrussion and annular tear following car accident, clinical somatic education, left shoulder pain
clinical somatic education, left shoulder pain, somatic educator: Collette, Back off the idea of surgery, for now. The symptoms indicate compressed nerves, the result of muscles in your neck being very contracted. Disc bulges are a consequence of such muscular contractions. First step: learn to relax your neck....

Back and Neck Injury: Car Accident, neck muscles, ponytail holder
neck muscles, ponytail holder, neck brace: While youth does great things at repairing injury, it doesn t always fix everything. Although the neck muscles involved with whiplash usually relax after a period of time, it sounds like you may have damaged the cartilage in the front of your throat. ...

Back and Neck Injury: Car Accident, weakness in legs, physical stresses
weakness in legs, physical stresses, lawrence gold: Hi, Leanne, Commonly, tingling, numbness, and back pain are related to muscle spasms reflexively triggered by the shock and physical stresses of the injury. The pain is muscle fatigue (soreness) and possibly facet joint compression; the tingling is nerve...

Back and Neck Injury: Car Accident Pain, spine research, vehicle crash
spine research, vehicle crash, car crashes: Dear Alison, This is a simple question to answer. Pain often goes away, and then comes back, and it is common, but it is never normal. Pain is sensation from the body telling you that the tissue is injured or there is continued dysfunction. If you have...