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Back and Neck Injury: MRI results, spinal canal stenosis, neural foraminal narrowing
spinal canal stenosis, neural foraminal narrowing, thecal sac: It would be in your best interests to keep the appointment. Stenosis is a narrowing of the inner portion of the vertebra (bones of the spine) and may result in pressure against the spinal cord over time. This pressure can cause pain, numbness, tingling,...

Back and Neck Injury: MRI results, thecal sac, straightening of the cervical lordosis
thecal sac, straightening of the cervical lordosis, spinal decompression: Dear Lana, A tear of the medial meniscus (knee) can be a surgical or non-surgical issue...contacting the inferior surface is not good though as this means that the cartilage in the joint surface is getting abraded when you walk, and will result in degeneration...

Back and Neck Injury: MRI results, paracentral disc protrusion, degenerative disc disease
paracentral disc protrusion, degenerative disc disease, disk protrusion: Dear Lisa, The L5/S1 disk is the lowest disk in the spine, and is located between the last lumbar vertebra and a bone called the sacrum. Desiccation means that the hydration of the inner portion of the disk has been reduced, and this leads to degeneration...

Back and Neck Injury: MRI results - is this bad?, central disc protrusion, neuroforaminal narrowing
central disc protrusion, neuroforaminal narrowing, degenerative disc disease: Thao: Here is the listing on Amazon. 5. How to Deal With Back Pain and Rheumatoid Joint Pain by Fereydoon Batmanghelidj (Paperback - Oct 1991) Buy new: $14.95 $10.61 Used & new from $7.43 Get it by Tuesday, November 7, if you order in...

Back and Neck Injury: MRI results, Lower back pain, disk protrusion, lateral recesses
disk protrusion, lateral recesses, sacral vertebra: Although I m not a physician or surgeon, I can tell you that the impression says you have a disk degenerating between your 5th lumbar vertebra and your 1st sacral vertebra in your low back. It also states that there is a ring-like tear in the rear of...

Back and Neck Injury: MRI results questions..., muscle relaxers, pain meds
muscle relaxers, pain meds, mri results: I would start with chiropractic. I treat many patients with posterolistheis and it is something that medical doctors do not treat, they just give you pain meds and muscle relaxers and send you to Physical Therapy which rarely work. If you are interested...

Back and Neck Injury: MRI results, is surgery needed?, mild facet hypertrophy, bilateral foraminal narrowing
mild facet hypertrophy, bilateral foraminal narrowing, foraminal stenosis: Hi Tony, Only 5% of disc herniations require surgery, afterward, no one is ever the same. For three decades, flexion/distraction has decompressed discs much worse than this with 80% success rate. Here is a site that can guild you to a physician and explains...

Back and Neck Injury: MRI results translation, central disc protrusion, degenerative disc disease
central disc protrusion, degenerative disc disease, disc bulge: In general, a disc bulge signifies the presence of excessive muscular tension in the affected area. That same muscular tension leads to muscular soreness (pain) and may pinch nerves. Pain causes a cringing response, which may involve muscles along the...

Back and Neck Injury: MRI results, thecal sac, l5 s1
thecal sac, l5 s1, disk protrusion: Dear Kim, The radiologist s report indicates that you have so much muscular tension in your back muscles that the discs between the lowest low back vertebrae are being squeezed into a bulge. The nerve roots, there, are being pushed to the side by the...

Back and Neck Injury: MRI scan results, facet arthrosis, grade 1 anterolisthesis
facet arthrosis, grade 1 anterolisthesis, degenerative anterolisthesis: Dear Christine, WOW...sorry to say this, but your back is a mess. Multiple areas of disk degeneration with arthritic changes at the endplates of the vertebral bodies and in the joint spaces (facets), this is not good. Moreover, anterolisthesis is a slippage...

Back and Neck Injury: MRI of the spine, sciatic nerve pain, mri of the spine
sciatic nerve pain, mri of the spine, neural foramina: Dear Pamela, Sorry to hear about your experience with the Neurologist, but it doesn t surprise me...I hear stories like that weekly. MRI: 1. The lowest disk in your spine has bulged backwards into the spinal cord and the nerve roots that exit on...

Back and Neck Injury: MRI Thoracic Spine, fractured sternum, disc protrusion
fractured sternum, disc protrusion, thoracic back pain: Dear Merideth, The disc bulge that you described almost certainly id the result of the crash. It is very rare to have disk bulges in the thoracic spine, and they only occur with trauma. This will tend to get worse over time, as the structure of the...

Back and Neck Injury: MRI of th Lumbar Spine, hip and leg pain, spinal stenosis
hip and leg pain, spinal stenosis, antiacids: Debra: You are welcome! What is nurontin supposed to do for you? Does it numb the nerves? Is it a steriod?. If it were my spine, I would try all alternatives first. The first thing to do is to increase your water intake. And get a digestive aid,...

Back and Neck Injury: MRI of Back, answer homework questions, mri reading
answer homework questions, mri reading, homework answer: Debbie: Thanks for letting me know about this! I recall when you posted. There were two identical posting of the same email. Apparently what happened was that I clicked on the homework reply when I intended to click on the duplicate question reply....

Back and Neck Injury: Mri Results and treatment options??, nerve impingement, disc herniation
nerve impingement, disc herniation, lawrence gold: Dear Vesley, Disc herniations commonly result from overcompression. Overcompression is most commonly caused by over-tight back muscles that never relax (even during sleep) and pull neighboring vertebrae together. If the herniation has not progressed...

Back and Neck Injury: Mri results and Would this be causing all my pain and Numbness?, tight neck muscles, thecal sac
tight neck muscles, thecal sac, neural foramina: Hello, Kacey, The curve of the neck changes according to the tension of neck muscles. Indications are that your neck muscles are tight. Tight neck muscles also contribute to headaches. See the article on headaches at somatics.com/page4.htm. They...

Back and Neck Injury: Mri results of neck and back, Treatment?, paracentral disc protrusion, mild hydronephrosis
paracentral disc protrusion, mild hydronephrosis, cervical lordosis: The MRI results say that you have some minor disc bulges in your neck, the area of your middle back, and your lower back. That s the protrusions. There is some arthritis-type of changes in your neck - that s the degenerative disc disease, cervical spondylosis,...

Back and Neck Injury: MS or Injury, optical neuritis, lower back injury
optical neuritis, lower back injury, ligament injury: Hello,MONIQUE. My name is; TOM. I Think I can comment pretty good on this subject! I just hope I don t over comment! I have a Tendency to Go on, And Go on, Like the Energizer Bunny . O.K. Let s See Here! You are an Athlete, This is great! This means,...

Back and Neck Injury: MTBI treatments/craniopathy, sacrum bone, birth traumas
sacrum bone, birth traumas, cranio sacral therapy: Dear Mark, Sorry about the lateness of this response, family emergency out of town. Anyway, craniopathy or cranio-sacral therapy is performed with very gentle pressure over the cranial bones and sometimes the sacrum (bone in low back/pelvis) in order...

Back and Neck Injury: Multiple C,T & L-spine hernias for unknown reasons., core strength training, college football player
core strength training, college football player, disc protrusion: Dear Clifton, Okay, the first problem was when you had the previous trauma, and the doctors didn t take an MRI! Anytime you have radiating pain down the legs, you have to suspect a disk problem...the original doctors you had should have performed orthopedic...

Back and Neck Injury: Multiple Compressed discs, nutrient dense foods, digestive supplements
nutrient dense foods, digestive supplements, jumping exercises: Crystal: Thanks for writing! You do not say how old you are and that will effect the outcome in this situation. First and foremost, you have to drink enough water. Do a water challenge. Drink 12 ounces of water every hour for 6 hours and see how your...

Back and Neck Injury: Multiple degenerative discs, degenerative disc disease, gentle chiropractic
degenerative disc disease, gentle chiropractic, whiplash injuries: Hi Kathy, The good news is that is is very common to have a condition known as congenital discogenic-hypoplasia, this simply means that the disc is underdeveloped and usually doesn t become a symptomatic clinical issue. If your son does in fact have multiple...

Back and Neck Injury: Muscle question, back doctors, lawrence gold
back doctors, lawrence gold, muscle problem: Dear Kristy, The simple answer is to feel. Use your hand. Pressure will evoke soreness if it s a contracted muscle. Feel your abdomen and your back. If you aren t soft to the touch, you have contracted muscles. Advil is not an answer. You need to...

Back and Neck Injury: Muscle Recovery/pain, injury occured, stable footing
injury occured, stable footing, unstable base: Will: Thanks for writing! Shoulder pain in general can be a tough problem. They can be a direct injury such as yours or they can be a reflex from other areas of the body. Given your description of the problem, I would say that you injured not only...

Back and Neck Injury: Muscle test?, large and small intestines, ilio psoas
large and small intestines, ilio psoas, muscle spasm: Kristy: Thanks for writing! Just because a pain feel like a muscle problem does not mean it is a muscle problem. Or a muscle may be involved but the muscle may be aggravated by an organ. When one has a pain in the right side of the abdomen, I always...

Back and Neck Injury: MVA neck and back injury, shoulder blade, endless pain
shoulder blade, endless pain, massage therapy: I hate to give a simple answer to a long question, but have you tried chiropractic? No matter what you have heard (if you have heard negative things about chiropractic), they are not true. Chiropractic will help re-align the spine to take pressure off of...

Back and Neck Injury: My mama, tingly sensation, nerve involvement
tingly sensation, nerve involvement, throat symptoms: Although I am not a medical doctor and can t diagnose any medical problem, I can say that the symptoms sound like there is some nerve involvement. The numbness on the face and the tingly sensation in the back are indicators for some nerve being pinched in...

Back and Neck Injury: what could this mean?, post nasal drip, mucosal tissue
post nasal drip, mucosal tissue, atheromatous plaque: Kitty, These questions are better answered by your doctor. However, mucosal thickening shouldn t concern you; it means the mucous membrane may be a bit swollen. More pertinent to conversation with me: what problem are you solving? with regard,...

Back and Neck Injury: what could this mean?, post nasal drip, atheromatous plaque
post nasal drip, atheromatous plaque, fossa of rosenmuller: Kitty: Ok! The skull get twisted fromt the same things that beat down the rest of the body. Mechanical stress, such as sitting in a soft chair, chemical stress such as preservatives in food and emotional or spiritual stress, such as being in a messed...

Back and Neck Injury: mega back and neck pains, ostiopath, time aswell
ostiopath, time aswell, gym workouts: Hi, Matthew, When we get injured, there is a universal response: muscles tighten up related to the injured or painful area. Tight muscles get sore, make joints tight, and restrict movement That sounds like what happened to you. Those muscles are...

Back and Neck Injury: metal lodged in the neck, charles hayden, research dr
charles hayden, research dr, shrapnel: Charles: Thanks for writing! Yes, a piece of shrapnel lodged in the neck at the right spot could cause tremors. But usually the first thing that is done when a piece of shrapnel is involved is xrays. From these it should be possible to tell if it is...

Back and Neck Injury: mid back strain feels like its in front of or behind the spine, doing sit ups, lawrence gold
doing sit ups, lawrence gold, tight muscles: Sounds like you have some tight muscles that are pulling on ribs or vertebrae in a funny way. Try this: when doing sit-ups, before every sit-up, do a slow arch backward with chin up and arms and shoulders back. Inhale into arch; exhale into curl. ...

Back and Neck Injury: midback pain, fractured ribs, traumatic injury
fractured ribs, traumatic injury, x rays: Although the pain is probably related to the muscles being tight and guarding the area because of the trauma, it is still a good idea to rule out any fractures. If your chiropractor did not take any X-rays to determine if a rib or vertebra was broken, he/she...

Back and Neck Injury: miserable back pain and no insurance, lawrence gold, neck muscles
lawrence gold, neck muscles, painful areas: Dear Lyndsay, I have an answer for you -- but first. . . When you see your doctor, have him PALPATE (he knows what that word means) the musculature in your painful areas. He will almost certainly find muscles in contraction. Palpation is almost a lost...

Back and Neck Injury: My mother's back pain, nasty fall, water intake
nasty fall, water intake, good water: Zubair: Thanks for writing! The amount of water intake is vital in back pain. There is a good book on the subject by Dr. Batmanhelidj How to deal with Back Pain-- . It contains specific positioning exercises which can cure back pain safely and immediately....

Back and Neck Injury: mri, ct images, durnin
ct images, durnin, equipment malfunction: Hi Brandon, Unless this was a Cardiac Segmentation from MRI-Tagged and CT Images study,it is artifactual in nature and is induced by incorrect procedural technique or equipment malfunction. It has no clinical significance what so ever. Dr. Timothy Durni...

Back and Neck Injury: mri, mri findings, bony surfaces
mri findings, bony surfaces, low back pain: Dear JoAnne, Articulation means the approximation of two bony surfaces...for example the rib meets the vertebra, or leg bone (tibia) meets with the thigh bone (femur) and forms an articulation...aka...a joint. Sometimes the L5 vertebra can grow larger...

Back and Neck Injury: mri cervical spine, mri cervical spine, uncovertebral hypertrophy
mri cervical spine, uncovertebral hypertrophy, disc herniation: At the space between the 4th and 5th vertebra in your neck, you have the disc protruding out in a wide area. This is pushing against the sac that lines the spinal cord and moving the spinal cord slightly to the rear. At the space between the 5th and...

Back and Neck Injury: mri news, scrip inc, cervical curve
scrip inc, cervical curve, neck stiffness: Pamela: Thanks for writing! Yes, there is a lot that can be done for this. First of all, did you get to the doctors I recomended. If not, do so. They are at www.sorsi.com, www.icak.com, www.soto-usa.com. There are cervical traction devises out...

Back and Neck Injury: mri question, right arm pain, disk desiccation
right arm pain, disk desiccation, disc herniation: I am sorry but I could not find the normal size of the spinal cord and I have never seen the designation of a herniation of 6x20mm. As to the size it is roughly the size of your thumb, but I know that doesn t give you an exact measurement. Dr. Starbuc...

Back and Neck Injury: mri results, lawrence gold, oxygen concentrator
lawrence gold, oxygen concentrator, mri results: Hi, Margaret, Lifting injuries usually involve back muscles going into spasm. That same spasm can cause discs to bulge, as vertebrae are pulled together. The idea that you have a tear may be reasonable, but not necessarily the case for pain to be present....

Back and Neck Injury: got my mri results, liver cyst, thecal sac
liver cyst, thecal sac, buldges: Hi Ashleigh, Simple fix, it is called flexion/distraction and is proven FDA approved means of decompressing herniated discs without necessary, expensive, dangerous surgery with poor outcomes that are irreversible. Check this site out and call around...

Back and Neck Injury: back mri results, central disc protrusion, neural foraminal encroachment
central disc protrusion, neural foraminal encroachment, nerve root compression: Hi Barbie, Your son is too young to have permanant disability associated with spinal surgery. Fortunately he doesn t need surgry, flexion/distraction is proven effective for these cases. Flexion-Distraction Therapy - What is it? Flexion-Distraction,...

Back and Neck Injury: mri, thecal sac, l5 s1 disc
thecal sac, l5 s1 disc, disc protrusion: Yes it is true, you may or may not . To help ensure that you do, get a D.C. that performs flexion/distraction therapy. Flexion-Distraction Therapy - What is it? Flexion-Distraction, (F/D) is a gentle, chiropractic treatment procedure utilized for...

Back and Neck Injury: multi-level disc degeneration in the cervical and thoracic region, lawrence gold, shoulder muscles
lawrence gold, shoulder muscles, thoracic region: David, It means that your back and shoulder muscles are so tight that they re pulling vertebrae together, compressing discs, and causing them to bulge. Snapping scapulae indicate the same problem and taut tendons. Please see my articles on pain at somatics.com/page4.htm...

Back and Neck Injury: multi-level disc degeneration, neural foraminal encroachment, lidoderm patches
neural foraminal encroachment, lidoderm patches, disc protrusion: My battery in my Dell laptop blew up and started a fire, I am on a friends computer right now and am unable to borrow it for the time it would take to retype everything, isn.t there a way for me to discuss this by phone? If long distance is a problem, I will...

Back and Neck Injury: Back and muscle problems, finger joints, lifting weights
finger joints, lifting weights, coffee roaster: Because I m not a physician and I have no idea about the extent of damage done to your neck from the bicycle fall, I can t say with any certainty that the symptoms that you re having are related to that injury or not. However,I can tell you that carrying...

Back and Neck Injury: muscle recovery/pain, injury occured, lawrence gold
injury occured, lawrence gold, somatic education: Dear Will, Soreness and restricted movement are indications that the muscles involved are tight and fatigued. This tightness is controlled by brain conditioning, so the way out of your trouble is to retrain your control of those muscles. It s not a question...

Back and Neck Injury: muscle trauma, breaking my fall, arm muscles
breaking my fall, arm muscles, st paul minnesota: Chiropractic. It sounds like you have irritated the nerves that exit the spine via the vertebrae. Falls such as yours are common, and commonly put off because people think it will just go away, when in reality if untreated the problems get worse, sometimes...

Back and Neck Injury: muscular physique, lawrence gold, muscular physique
lawrence gold, muscular physique, poor posture: Jane, One reason muscles overdevelop is that they are opposed by other muscles that are too tight. Another reason is poor posture (physical structure), which may necessitate constant contraction and buildup of certain muscles. One good way to lose the...

Back and Neck Injury: myelomalacia, lower extremities, upper extremities
lower extremities, upper extremities, motor weakness: Although I m not a physician, I can tell you that myelomalacia can cause a variety of symptoms and some of them can last for years. Here are some: pain in neck, sub-scapular area in the shoulder; sensory changes in lower extremities, motor weakness in the...

Back and Neck Injury: myofascial pain, piriformus muscle, dry needling
piriformus muscle, dry needling, downward spiral: Dear Jii, The first thing to understand is that muscles are controlled by the brain and can t be caused to relax in the long run by pressure, stretching, spinal manipuations or needling. The muscles and brain need retraining. Falls often lead to muscular...

Back and Neck Injury: NECK FUSION, cervical vertebrae, contracted muscles
cervical vertebrae, contracted muscles, st paul minnesota: Those are some difficult questions to answer without seeing your son in person to perform some tests. There could be many things that are causing the muscle spasms. Bony misalignment is the first thing that comes to mind. Whether it is his skull, the other...

Back and Neck Injury: NECK/HEAD PAIN, water number, brain juice
water number, brain juice, drain pipe: Leanne: Thanks for writing! The top of the head pain could be one of three things. Number one, dehydration, you simply are not drinking enough water. Number two, there is a major drain pipe in the top of the head for the blood and brain juice. This could...

Back and Neck Injury: NECK INJURY, greater occipital nerve, shooting pains in head
greater occipital nerve, shooting pains in head, chiroweb: I hope by doctors you don t mean M.D. s. I have nothing against Medical Doctors but after attending Med school, I can tell you they know little to nothing about your injury. What they will do is load you up on opiates or NSAIDS and mask the symptoms all...

Back and Neck Injury: NECK INJURY FROM AUTO ACCIDENT, whiplash injuries, lawrence gold
whiplash injuries, lawrence gold, neck tension: Susan, One can t predict a time-line independently of your learning to relax your neck. Learning is the operative word because your neck is currently being held tight reflexively; you have to take back control of those muscles through learning to feel...

Back and Neck Injury: NECK INJURY, facet hypertrophy, flexion distraction
facet hypertrophy, flexion distraction, spinal decompression: Hi John, Is this you? If it is, I would get to a D.C. soon before it gets any worse. What s going on is, the hole that is formed by one neck bone stacked on top of another separated by a disc in between is called the neuroforamina. These are being closed...

Back and Neck Injury: NECK PAIN THAT CAUSES THE JAW TO LOCK- POPPING SOUNDS AS WELL??, drugs cocaine, c4 c5
drugs cocaine, c4 c5, fashion buyer: Justin: Ok! I would suspect heavy metal poisioning from the drugs, complicated by the stress and enabled by the Great American Diet. Various heavy metal detox methods are available. The sauna and vitamin and exercise methods developed by L. Ron Hubbard...

Back and Neck Injury: NECK PROBLEMS, disc bulges, insufficient blood flow
disc bulges, insufficient blood flow, disc bulge: Although I m not a physician, I can explain a couple of things about your condition. The degenerative changes seen at C5-6 and L5-S1 mean that it is a slow deterioration of the bone structure due to the process of aging. The disc space narrowing at...

Back and Neck Injury: NECK AND SHOULDER AND ARM PAIN, shoulder and arm pain, conservative measures
shoulder and arm pain, conservative measures, dear linda: Dear Linda: The only advice that may help you is to check your posture, especially the shoulders. It sounds like your left shoulder is forward rounded, which may cause the radiating pain from the tightened neck musculature, causing all the symptoms you have...

Back and Neck Injury: BACK AND NECK, tight neck muscles, muscle spasm cause
tight neck muscles, muscle spasm cause, cause numbness: Yes. Lifting injuries typically involve back muscles going into spasm (contractions that don t let go). Pinched nerves (a result of muscle spasm) cause numbness and sometimes pain in joints (such as your elbow). Tight neck muscles cause popping with movement....

Back and Neck Injury: Neck, torticollis, stiff neck
torticollis, stiff neck, medical term: Grace: Yes, that is true. Torticollis is not a diagnosis at all. It is another name for the condition, literally meaning twisted neck when translated. I usually find it relating to a visceral malfunction or a Temporo Mandibular (jaw) malfunction....

Back and Neck Injury: Neck, st paul minnesota, muscular tension
st paul minnesota, muscular tension, stiff neck: For me it is simple to say, but it is something you must look into for yourself. I suggest going to a chiropractor. The more you snap your neck, the more loose the joints, and the more bone the body lays down to support the joint. This will lead to a...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck, tight neck muscles, somatic educator
tight neck muscles, somatic educator, lawrence gold: Hi, Matthew, That s typical of people with tight neck muscles. In my practice, as a person learns to relax those muscles, the cracking first becomes more of a gritty feeling in the neck, and then disappears altogether, leaving freedom of movement....

Back and Neck Injury: Neck, soft tissues, broken bones
soft tissues, broken bones, x ray: X-rays focus primarily on the bones. MRI represents the gold standard in imaging. MRI is best for looking at soft tissues such as discs or nerves. To fully appreciate the details supplied by an MRI, consider the following. Under x-ray, a disc resembles...

Back and Neck Injury: Back and Neck, loss of lordosis, disc bulges
loss of lordosis, disc bulges, disc protrusion: Dear Jeff, Your MRI first needs to be correlated with any symptoms you are experiencing, because we often see disk bulging on MRI that are incidental findings...meaning that they are not causing any problems with your daily function or lifestyle. That...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck, hairline fracture, poor posture
hairline fracture, poor posture, j shawn: Dear Lisa, The adjustments you are receivng will not create arthritic changes, it is completely the opposite, it will help to provide normal motion to the neck and reduce the chances of developing arthritc changes. Now the sound that you hear with extension...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck, Arm Pain, somatic educator, lawrence gold
somatic educator, lawrence gold, rapid relief: Hello, Joy, From your description, I can t be sure what the lump is; it could be muscles in contraction, which often cause tingling, numbness, or pain by trapping and compressing nerves. If that s what it is, a clinical somatic educator can usually bring...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck and Arm, health food store, magnesium citrate
health food store, magnesium citrate, muscle damage: Kailie: Thanks for writing! I am sure you have a lot of muscle damage. The acute pain from that will subside in time. But worse than a broken bone is the ligamentous damage. Ligaments hold the bones together. An if they are damaged, the bones move...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck affecting arms?, spinal decompression, chiroweb
spinal decompression, chiroweb, bulging discs: Hi Melissa, Find a D.C. ASAP that does spinal decompression or preferably, flexion/distraction. You are a prime candidate for towel traction. It works quick and will decompress the herniations in a few weeks without the need for surgery. If you have...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck Clicking/Popping, neck pain, icak
neck pain, icak, chiropractor: Jessica: Thanks for writing! Sometimes the neck can be distorted or twisted just from normal living. Little things build up and something finally gives out. I suggest you go to a good chiropractor and get this checked out. Go to www.sorsi.com and...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck Crack, nerve damage, good shape
nerve damage, good shape, vertebrae: You may be in good shape physically but you may not be structurally. It can not give you an exact answer without a proper exam, but you could have some vertebrae out of place. I suggest talking to your parents and seeing a chiropractor. The sooner the...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck Cracking, forward position, fifteen years
forward position, fifteen years, pops: There is nothing wrong with the occasional cracking and popping in your neck as long as there is no pain involved. Bones cracking and popping are quite normal for someone your age and even more so as a person gets older. Thanks for your question, Matty....

Back and Neck Injury: Neck cracking gave me severe pain, severe pain, chiropractor
severe pain, chiropractor, cracking: For your health s sake, you need to make time to see a doctor, particularly a chiropractor. The reason your neck cracks is because the joints are unstable, the more cracking you do the more unstable it gets. The more unstable it is the body will lay...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck cracking gave me severe pain, halo brace, cracking your neck
halo brace, cracking your neck, strained muscle: Dear Shawn, First of all you should not be cracking your neck. This is a horrible thing to do and frequently winds up causing injuries. I have seen teenagers who have dislocated their vertebral joints in the neck and had to be placed in a surgical Halo...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck cracking in back, tingly sensation, broken vertebra
tingly sensation, broken vertebra, nerve damage: It s difficult to tell what s actually going on through the internet. It could be a broken vertebra and even though things appear fine right now, you may be risking nerve damage and even paralysis. I recommend going to your physician for a personal examination...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck discs, degenerative disc disease, muscular contractions
degenerative disc disease, muscular contractions, bladder problem: Dear Debbie, The multiplicity of symptoms indicates that more may be going on than spinal problems due to muscular contractions. However, to deal with the muscular origins of your headaches, neck ache, weakness and tingling in hands is a good place to...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck Exercise, neck exercises, artificial preservatives
neck exercises, artificial preservatives, neck exercise: Hi Rohit, Usually migraines have nothing to do with the neck and don t change much in patterns. Ice the neck down to decrease any potential inflammation and do isometric neck exercises to help strengthen and soften the muscles. Avoid MSG and artificial...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck and Imbalance, loss of lordosis, cervical spondylosis
loss of lordosis, cervical spondylosis, mri of the brain: I think there is mechanical pressure on a nerve that needs decompression. I sincerely doubt a DO would have F/D tables but some do. Like 3 in the country, chances are high he didn t. Check out this site, it even shows the table, it will not lend to any complications,...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck Injury, numb one, neck sprain
numb one, neck sprain, neck strain: Jeannie: Thanks for writing! This is what happened. When you lifted the really heavy box, the neck started hurting but the ligaments which hold your hip bone to your back bone, in the back of your pelvis, also got torn or stretched. This throws a further...

Back and Neck Injury: Back and Neck Injury, elbow fracture, humeral fracture
elbow fracture, humeral fracture, fracture bone: It sounds like a good start to getting the pain reduced and normal use of your shoulder/arm back. As for the injections, this should be limited due to the side effects of the medicines that they use, look up the side effects and discuss them with your doctor....

Back and Neck Injury: Back and Neck Injury, isuzu rodeo, whiplash injuries
isuzu rodeo, whiplash injuries, bulging disks: It sounds like you re getting caught in the web of physicians, referrals, and insurance companies. That s a hard position to be in. I would recommend getting a second opinion from another primary care physician. They should be provided with all your medical...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck Injury, neck receptors, coles supermarkets
neck receptors, coles supermarkets, nerve roots: Dear Jess, This is more than just a bruise in the tissue. If you are having dizzy sensations, then you have damages the proprioception mechanisms in the neck (receptors which send information to the brain about body position and awareness) This is not...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck Injury, bone density test, vitamin d deficiency
bone density test, vitamin d deficiency, botox treatments: Without a proper exam, I can not give you a diagnosis. I am somewhat confused on some of the diagnosis , either you wrote them down wrong, or they are treating the wrong thing. Dystonia means there is no tone to the muscle, flaccid, and if they give botox...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck Injury, muscular contractions, whiplash injuries
muscular contractions, whiplash injuries, lawrence gold: Dear Glinda, As to the accuracy and motivation of the doctors caution against turning the head, you must ask them. They ve done the direct examination of your son; I have not and so can t answer definitively. A herniated disc indicates muscular contractions...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck Injury? Back Injury! Confused!!!, yoga exercises, proper alignment
yoga exercises, proper alignment, upper torso: Although I am not a physician, I would say that it sounds like you ve pulled some muscles and perhaps they are tightening so much as to affect the vertebra in your back and neck. I would recommend slow stretching for the area, such as yoga exercises. If...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck Injury From Son and his Friend, mild headache, basic principle
mild headache, basic principle, home exercise: Katey: Thanks for writing! I can t tell for sure from your description but it sounds like the boys landed on the top of your head. But, if not, here is the basic principle. When the boys landed on your neck, they bent the neck and head in a particular...

Back and Neck Injury: Back/Neck Injury, nausea and dizziness, constant nausea
nausea and dizziness, constant nausea, pain killers: Dear Angela, I wish I could be there to help. I suspect that the symptoms result from the shock to your nervous system from the fall. The MRI will rule out physical damage. The circulatory changes in your hands and feet indicate the same thing. ...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck injury, whiplash injuries, lawrence gold
whiplash injuries, lawrence gold, frday: Laura, Delayed soreness is common with whiplash injuries. That sounds like what you ve got, headaches and all. Please see the article on headaches and on whiplash at somatics.com/page4.htm for explanations and resources for recovery. with regard,...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck injury, disc bulge, muscle kind
disc bulge, muscle kind, bulging disk: First, if the disc bulge is not reduced, whether by rest or some form or manipulation (chiropractic), it could become much worse and prohibit you from performing any kind of exercises. The pain can be due to muscle involvement, but it could be from a subluxation...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck injury due to chiropractor, crackling noise, rare occurrence
crackling noise, rare occurrence, figure eight: Craig: Thanks for writing! I am disappointed that this occurred with a chiropractic adjustment. This is a very rare occurrence. There is an exercise that can help you. It is called the Figure Eight. It acts to actually correct the problem, not just...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck injury - severe pain, nerve impingement, tingling in face
nerve impingement, tingling in face, formina: Although I am not a physician or neurosurgeon, I can say that I agree with the opinion on delaying surgery as long as possible due to the risks. I believe that since the MRI readings all say minimal that the doctors aren t accepting your pain level. ...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck injury, neck exercises, telephone engineer
neck exercises, telephone engineer, muscle problem: Dear Cassandra, The twitching is a sign -- of a loss or deficiency of control of certain muscles in your father s neck. This is usually not a serious problem, as it is a matter of conditioning. Strengthening exercises are going the wrong direction....

Back and Neck Injury: Neck injuy, cervical vertebra, nerve roots
cervical vertebra, nerve roots, occipital nerve: Dear Shonda, You need to have this checked out soon. Go get a physical exam from a local chiropractor to include x-rays of the neck. You most likely have not sustained a serious injury, but with the neurological symptoms you have described (numbness)...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck Knots Cause Wrist Pain, neck bones, tight muscles
neck bones, tight muscles, neck muscles: Andrew: Thanks for writing! This is a very usual occurrence in my patients. The stress causes the neck muscles to tighten, the tight muscles pull the neck bones apart, the bones get in the way of the nerves and keep them from doing their job, the nerves,...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck and Lower Back Pain, spinal stenosis, lower back pain
spinal stenosis, lower back pain, liver problems: Hi Clint, Without a Cervical and Lumbar MRI, direct examination is needed to form a working diagnosis. A few lines of history on the Internet is not the best option for getting to the bottom of this problem. I suggest you pressure your primary physician...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck and Lower Back Pain, lower back pains, playing volleyball
lower back pains, playing volleyball, lower back pain: The neck pain is not directly caused by the low back pain but it is likely that the causes of both pains are related. The pain is most likely caused by looking upward and stretching your arms upward repeatedly for volleyball. This is the same reason that...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck and Lower back pain, nerve roots, spinal stenosis
nerve roots, spinal stenosis, orthopedic tests: Dear Clint, From what you have described, it is likely that you have herniated a disk in your low back. The reason that I say this is because of the location of pain, the fact that you have pain upon muscular exertion in muscle away from the source, and...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck, Lumbar, Sciatica/buttocks/groin PAIN, degenerative disc disease, groin pain
degenerative disc disease, groin pain, bio energetic synchronization technique: Hi Lynda, I just got off the phone with Dr. David Boyree and discussed your case. He will definitely be able to help you, he went to a top school and has all the state of the art equipment necessary to decompress the disc. His number is 425-726-0334...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck Lump, right abdomen, neck lump
right abdomen, neck lump, going to the doctor: Although I m not a physician, I can tell you that there are glands in that area of the neck that swell up when a person has infections, inflammations, and other conditions. The symptoms you list may or may not be related to the lump. It is difficult to...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck Lump, swollen lymph nodes, right abdomen
swollen lymph nodes, right abdomen, stomach flu: Hi Courtney, I understand your concern for your freind, but don t fret, it is swollen lymph nodes from the stomach flu or some other virus (notice not bacteria) that is self limiting which resolves in a week. She ll probably be fine by the time she sees...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck and leg pain, vertebral subluxations, harmful drugs
vertebral subluxations, harmful drugs, pain in the neck: I suggest getting a proper exam in person. I can only guess without an exam. There could be some vertebral subluxations that are causing the issues. That is chiropractic terminology for a bone that is out of place . When a bone is out of place it interferes...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck and lower back pain, inflammatory arthropathy, osteo arthritis
inflammatory arthropathy, osteo arthritis, crackling noises: Hi, Stella, Osteo-arthritis is not a disease in its own right, but the common consequence of joint overcompression due to tight muscles. Joint overcompression accounts for pain and crackling noises in movement. Injuries, including falls, provoke reflexive...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck N Back MRI Results, spinal canal stenosis, disc desiccation
spinal canal stenosis, disc desiccation, best neurosurgeon: A quick explanation of the MRI -- You have a herniated disc in the cervical spine that is touching the spinal cord, and osteophytes are a result of previous injury and the body is laying down more bone to help support the unstable joint. In the lumbar spine,...

Back and Neck Injury: Back & Neck Pain, mild scoliosis, long periods of time
mild scoliosis, long periods of time, organs of the body: Meghunn: Thanks for Writing! Yours is indeed an interesting and severe situation. I just now am working on a paper for presentation on situations similar to yours. It sounds to me like you have a bad mechanical fault in your low back, where the hip...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck and Back Pain, thecal sac, neural foraminal encroachment
thecal sac, neural foraminal encroachment, degenerative disc disease: Although I am not a physician, I can tell you that your lower back has bulging discs which are pushing against the front of the lining of the spinal cord but not causing any major nerve pinching . Your neck has widespread degeneration of the discs which...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck and Back Pain, cox flexion distraction, pain management techniques
cox flexion distraction, pain management techniques, back and neck pain: Dear Lori, The best advise I can give you is to pursue Chiropractic care first before interventional pain management techniques. Chiropractic physicians are often able to reduce the pain and associated problems from dysfunctional disks by utilizing specific...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck Pain, durnin, bulging disk
durnin, bulging disk, hair line: Hi Carolyn, Herniated disc in the neck are the easiest to repair because there is little tissue to work against. By repair I mean decompress with a simple towel. Find a trained professional DC (Chiropractor) that does towel traction, this combined with...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck Pain, whiplash injuries, whiplash injury
whiplash injuries, whiplash injury, odd sensations: Hi, Pat. In a word, yes. Chiropractic adjustments involve a sudden stretch to muscles attached to the vertebrae being adjusted. That can be equivalent to a whiplash injury, particularly if the neck is already very tight. For more information, you...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck & Back Pain, migraine headaches, brain mri
migraine headaches, brain mri, pain thanks: Mona: Thanks for writing! Migraine headaches are associated with or caused by a problem with the circulation and drainage in the skull. This problem with the circulation and drainage can be due to not drinking enough water or it can be caused by the...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck Pain, neck stiffness and pain, whiplash injuries
neck stiffness and pain, whiplash injuries, lawrence gold: Brison, Yes -- what causes neck muscles to tighten (they don t stiffen) is your brain, the control center for your muscular system. Usually there s an incident, such as an accident, that conditions your brain to maintain high muscle tension. Self-training...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck Pain, muscle spasm, muscles of the neck
muscle spasm, muscles of the neck, muscle relaxors: Fortunately, it sounds like torticolis, a muscle spasm in the muscles of the neck. It is very common. There are a couple of things you can do. You can go to your family doctor and get a prescription of pain meds and muscle relaxors, but that will make you...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck Pain, poor posture, pain thanks
poor posture, pain thanks, neck bone: Ammar: Thanks for writing! Yes, there is an exercise that you can do which will help the neck. The cracking in you neck is a sign that the bones are not fitting together as they should. The little piece of slick bone on one vertebrae (a neck bone)...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck Pain, st paul minnesota, proper answer
st paul minnesota, proper answer, lymph node: I can not give you a proper answer without an exam, but it could be muscular. It could also be a vertebrae the came out of alignment or even a portion of the skull that moved (yes the skull moves). It is difficult to describe in this format. I suggest looking...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck Pain, bicep tendon, shoulder and arm pain
bicep tendon, shoulder and arm pain, exact diagnosis: Without a proper exam, I can not give you an exact diagnosis, but to me it sounds like you injured the shoulder joint, but not severely. I have treated similar complaints, and I treated the bicep tendon. It is difficult to describe here, but the tendon is...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck Pain, biomechanical issues, dizziness and nausea
biomechanical issues, dizziness and nausea, causes of headaches: India has many Chiropractors, check local listings and ask around to make sure you find a good one. If the area is too remote, you will need to find a physiatrist (which is a type of MD) or a DO (which is a MD that manipulates and corrects biomechanical issues),...

Back and Neck Injury: Back and Neck Pain and Extra Rib, health food stores, natural calm
health food stores, natural calm, exact spelling: Julianne: I am sorry that you are in such pain! If you get pain when you breathe, very likely a rib is out of place. This can be replaced by a good chiropractor quickly, easily and at a minimal expense. What prescriptions are you on? If the feet...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck Pain / Headaches, foraminal stenosis, cervical curve
foraminal stenosis, cervical curve, brain tumor: Hi Lisa, Occiput release is exactly the same thing you get with towel traction. A thin 4 foot fiber towel, such as what patient gowns are made of, is wound up like a rope and put under the occiput. The practioner gently pulls to about 60 lbs for 5-10 seconds...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck & Back Pain/ Headaches, plate in my head, childhood accident
plate in my head, childhood accident, rubber band: Billi: Your current problems are most centainly coming from the injury to your forehead many years ago. Otherwise, some one of the many doctors and therapists you have seen would have helped you! The plastic plate in your head is a wildcard. That might...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck Pain, somatic educator, whiplash injuries
somatic educator, whiplash injuries, spinal alignment: Your friend has the right idea, but, generally, neck muscles require more precisely patterned training to cause a lasting change of tension. There are instructions for such a training in the book, The Magic of Somatics. However, it may be easier to get...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck Popping in C1 - C2, cox ii inhibitors, neck muscles
cox ii inhibitors, neck muscles, degenerative arthritis: Hi Jody, Chances are the popping is crepitus. This is secondary to the osteoarthritis. OA is treated with glucosamine sulfate with MSM. This OTC supplement has been shown in several large government studies to stop and even reverse OA. Don t expect any...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck Problem, neck muscle tension, whiplash injuries
neck muscle tension, whiplash injuries, whiplash injury: Hi, Joel, It s probably related to the fall -- as a whiplash injury, which sets up neck muscle tension. The crunching is a common effect of neck tension and goes away when the muscles relax. Please see the article on whiplash injuries at somatics.com/page4.htm....

Back and Neck Injury: Neck Problems & MRI Results, central canal stenosis, moderate central canal stenosis
central canal stenosis, moderate central canal stenosis, paracentral disc herniation: Amy: This very likely could be psoriatic arthritis. Psoriasis comes from the small intestines, a leaky gut syndrome . A leaky gut will cause arthrits anywhere in the body, it just happened to land in your neck. This was proably due to a previous weakness...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck Problems, pinched nerve, muscle work
pinched nerve, muscle work, exercizes: My honest opinion is you should stick with the chiropractor. The therapist is only going to give half of the treatments you need, the muscle work. As you have experienced, the chiropractor can do the muscle work and adjust the bony misalignments. The pain...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck Protrusion, neck bones, neck exercise
neck bones, neck exercise, exercise one: Sharon: Here are the instructions for the neck exercise One of the most common problems with necks is that the neck bones come apart. The little piece of slick bone on one vertebrae (a neck bone) is not sitting down on the little slick piece of bone...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck pain, spine mechanics, base of my skull
spine mechanics, base of my skull, neck muscles: Dear Don: This is not an uncommon problem, and can be easily resolved once the cause has been established. As you have already discovered, regular massage will only aggravate this problem, as will chiropractics. The decision that needs to be made is this:...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck and Back pain, tennis elbow brace, tennis elbow pain
tennis elbow brace, tennis elbow pain, muscle relaxers: Dear Cindy, Sorry for the delay in responding; I haven t been getting timely notifications of questions from AllExperts.com. You ve experienced a couple of hard knocks. The first incident you described, with sudden weight bearing, apart from any soft...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck pain, cause liver damage, sleep hygiene
cause liver damage, sleep hygiene, set ups: Hi Stephanie, Sorry I didn t get back with you immediately but I have been at my office. I think it would be a good idea to have the neck checked out. A lateral cervical plain film x-ray can tell the physician a lot. If you have had any previous traumas...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck pain, greater occipital nerve, headache and neck pain
greater occipital nerve, headache and neck pain, cervical vertebrae: Hi Heather, These problems a quite commons and don t respond to medication. This is simply do to the cause being mechanical. What you are describing is a common acute torticollis and cervicogenic headache. This is pressure on the greater occipital nerve...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck pain, headache and neck pain, tension headache
headache and neck pain, tension headache, pain meds: Dear Heather, Yes I do think you should go and see a doctor... specifically a chiropractic physician. You are right in that if you go see a medical physician they are just going to give you pain meds and a muscle relaxer...that is standard operating protocol...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck pain, heather heather, headache and neck pain
heather heather, headache and neck pain, tension headache: Heather, Without a proper exam it is difficult to give you an exact answer. My best guess is that you strained some muscles, but you could also have some vertebrae out of place causing the muscle spasms. The third cause could be cranial related. The...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck pain, karate classes, mid 50s
karate classes, mid 50s, durnin: Hi Brad, The problem may be underlying arthritis, without direct examination on something like this, it is hard to tell. I would go to a highly recommended Chiropractor and have it checked out, then he/she can recommend what you should and shouldn t do....

Back and Neck Injury: Neck and back pain, safe assumption, red hot poker
safe assumption, red hot poker, moist towel: Hi Sammi-jo, Ice it down by wrapping a warm moist towel around an ice filled Ziploc 10 minutes every hour avoiding heat at all costs. Heat will increase inflammation, not a good thing. Get a Chiropractor to x-ray your neck to rule out ligamentous instability...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck pain, tight neck muscles, sinus pressure
tight neck muscles, sinus pressure, wisdom teeth: Hello, Maria. I don t think you should try nerve block or steroids until you have tried somatic education. I think you have given me an important clue: teeth hurting. That points to tight jaws, a frequent aftereffect of dental work and also of emotional...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck pain, chronic neck pain, psychic healer
chronic neck pain, psychic healer, feedback book: Hello Morad, I am a psychic healer medium and empath. I fratured my neck in C6 and C7. Many other tramtic events in my life has opened up the gift of healing and distant healeing for me to help others. I can sincerely heal you. You can check out my...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck pain, whiplash injuries, lawrence gold
whiplash injuries, lawrence gold, exrays: Dear Jami, The typical response to any shock or injury is to tighten up -- in this case, the muscles of your neck. That would account for the pain and swelling. The general answer is to do something deliberate to regain fluidity of control of those...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck pain, cervical curve, chiropractic specialist
cervical curve, chiropractic specialist, workout routine: Jamie: Thanks for writing! Yes, you could use a cervical pillow at home. They are for sale all over the internet or at department stores. Or take a regular bath towel and roll it up in a roll a little smaller than a roll of paper towels. Lay flat on...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck pain, cervical spondylosis, skull bones
cervical spondylosis, skull bones, parasthesia: Dianne: Thanks for writing! The pain you are feeling is in an area of the body that frequently suffers pain as the body defends itself againist disease. So the pain does not mean you have a disease, it means your defenses are good. There is but one...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck pain, neck stiffness and pain, misalignment
neck stiffness and pain, misalignment, muscles spasms: I don t like to say the answer is simple, but I m biased, see a chiropractor. It sounds like you have some misalignment in you neck causing muscles spasms and discomfort. I know it s a short answer, but without an exam I can t give you better answer. If...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck pain, c4 c5, neck bones
c4 c5, neck bones, step in the right direction: Keelie: Thanks for writing! Yes, I can see why one would be confused. You have this disability, go to all possible doctors and follow their instructions, yet you have not imporoved. Well, something can be done about it! When the neck bones and...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck pain, disc space narrowing, lordotic curve
disc space narrowing, lordotic curve, disc protrusion: As for the CT findings, they are normal findings. Degeneration comes with excess movement of a joint, in this case a too much movement of the C5/6 vertebrae. As for preventative measures, the only profession that addresses preventative measures is chiropractic....

Back and Neck Injury: Neck pain, spinal joints, abnormal stress
spinal joints, abnormal stress, j shawn: Dear Bob, I agree that your sleeping position is the most likely cause of the problem. Sleeping on your stomach is the worst position you can be in for your low back and your neck. It places strain on the low back due to hyperextension of the spine, and...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck pain and dizziness, neck pain and dizziness, nuclear stress test
neck pain and dizziness, nuclear stress test, somatic educator: Mike, There is a condition called, cervicogenic dizziness. When muscles in the neck are contracted, dizziness may result from reflexive connections within the brain between the neck muscles, eyes, and inner ear balance centers. Such muscular contractions...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck pain & strengthening neck post halo, philadelphia collar, c spine
philadelphia collar, c spine, passive exercises: Hi Terrence, First and foremost you should be taking 3000mg/day of glucosamine sulfate with MSM in liquid form to ward off osteo-arthritis. Then undergo therapeutic ultrasound treatments 3X/wk to minimize scar tissue. Do only the passive exercises your PT...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck pain whip lash they said, tight neck muscles, whip lash
tight neck muscles, whip lash, whiplash injuries: Have you read the article, as I suggested? Once you handle the muscular control issue, the pain and dizziness will disappear. If you don t do so, you will likely keep the effects of the whiplash injury for a long time and remain subject to symptoms and...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck and back pain...., medical supply store, workmans compensation
medical supply store, workmans compensation, neck pillow: Hello, LEAH. My name is: TOM. Finding the right Pillow Sometimes Takes A Few Try s! Have you Treid NOT Using a Pillow At All? JUst Using a Rolled Up Beach Towel, With Two Good Rubber band s Around it? This Can be customizes to you neck, And formed to...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck popping/clicking, neck bone, dejarnette
neck bone, dejarnette, home exercise: Joy: Yes, a manual adjustment can be made to push the bones back together. It is called a chiropractic adjustment. The procedure for home use and the cervical stairstep are forms of a chiropractic adjustment, but there are more direct methods done by hand....

Back and Neck Injury: Neck rehab post halo wear, passive range of motion, muscle attachments
passive range of motion, muscle attachments, neck bones: Hi Justin, If all you broke was the condoyle, then you have a stable fracture. The neck bones are not compromised, the boney protuberance off the back of your skull was cracked. This should heal relatively fast without complication. The muscle attachments...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck, back and right leg pain, disc bulges, butt cheek
disc bulges, butt cheek, disc bulge: Joe: Thanks for writing! Your solution lies in getting your liver back in shape. The liver fortifies the ligaments of the body, according to Chinese medicine. And the disk fall under the ligament category. The traction you are getting might help but...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck/Shoulder/Arm, cervical disc herniation, decompression techniques
cervical disc herniation, decompression techniques, disc decompression: Hi Judy, Unfortunately most DC s miss the boat when it comes to disc decompression techniques. The symptoms you describe are consistent with a cervical disc herniation and will not respond to manipulation. You will need to find a DC that does towel...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck & Shoulder Pain, professional graphic designer, muscle spasm
professional graphic designer, muscle spasm, chiroweb: Hi Jeremy, Getting an MRI would be wise so the PT nows how to treat it. Herniated discs are not treated the same as muscle spasm. Towel traction is the gold standard for cervical discs. Sounds like your Chiropractor needs to go back to school, what an embarrassment!...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck/Shoulder/Back pain, neck spine, blade area
neck spine, blade area, shoulder blade: Towel traction is a commonly taught diversified technique to decompress herniated discs in the cervical spine. A thin fiber towel is wound up 4 or more feet in length and cupped under the base of the skull, the doctor applies traction and ends with a slight...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck and Shoulder pain, deep tissue massage, omega three fatty acids
deep tissue massage, omega three fatty acids, neck and shoulder pain: Dear Erica, Chiropractic/conservative care can be very effective in the treatment of musculoskeletal pain but adjustments alone will probably not get the best results. You need to have a physical and structural rehab program (resistive exercises, active...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck Strain, Thoracic Pain, pain in the heart, muscular function
pain in the heart, muscular function, hydrocodine: Dear Victoria, Sorry to hear of your situation. All lifting injuries have one thing in common: muscles in spasm. Muscle spasms of sufficient intensity can cause discs to bulge in the neighborhood of the muscles involved (along your spinal column,...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck spasm/distorted spine, neck spasm, neck exercises
neck spasm, neck exercises, chiropractic physicians: Dear Jenny, I am assuming that you went and saw a medical doctor initially. I find it sad that your doctor would tell you that you have a vertebral and muscular problem, and then not refer you to a musculoskeletal expert for treatment. I would not go...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck and back stiffness, anxiety panic disorder, health food store
anxiety panic disorder, health food store, back stiffness: Mia: Thanks for writing! This sounds to me like a magnesium deficiency. The Best form of magnesium is magnesium citrate in a powder form, Available at any health food store. Look for the Natural Calm brand. A good chiropractor would help a lot. Go...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck strain that never heals, strained neck muscle, whiplash injuries
strained neck muscle, whiplash injuries, lawrence gold: Martin, It s important to distinguish between an injury and a spasm. Injuries require time to heal -- but they heal; spasms may go on indefinitely because there is no damage - it s a control problem. Contracted muscles get fatigued and sore, as well as...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck strain, oil rig, adams apple
oil rig, adams apple, neck strain: Kelly, I m sorry to say but without a proper exam I can not give you an exact answer. It sounds like he might have pulled a muscle, but it could be something worse. I would have it looked at as soon as possible to rule out any other complications. This...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck surgery, month old baby, protruding disk
month old baby, protruding disk, soileau: Jessica: I am answering this again to send you this link. http://www.spineuniverse.com/displayarticle.php/article290.html?news=beta2 It has some fairly good information on discs and chiropractic. David R. Ok! I heard from Dr. Elliott. He...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck tenderness / r sided headaches, daily headaches, whiplash injuries
daily headaches, whiplash injuries, lawrence gold: Dear Mary Beth, Your daughter s tenderness and headaches sound related to muscular tensions, which cause headaches. My guess is that she had a gymnastics fall that caused her neck muscles to go into spasm. I ve written an article on headaches, accessible...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck/upper back injury, muscular contractions, lawrence gold
muscular contractions, lawrence gold, muscular pain: Anna, I can t be sure, from your description. Tingling down the arms could be from muscular contractions causing nerve impingements. It s probably muscular, but I would get checked. If no damage is found, it s probably muscular. You may need to...

Back and Neck Injury: Neck and back, spinal stenosis, novasio
spinal stenosis, novasio, ulnar nerve: Patrick: It sounds to me like since the surgeries have not helped your symptoms then they have not been helping the problem. I would suggest a second opinion with the question of central spinal stenosis as a possible theory. This can cause your problems and...

Back and Neck Injury: Need pain relief please help!, pinched nerve, chiropractor
pinched nerve, chiropractor, auto accident: Karen: I came across this message I sent you back in Oct and wondered if you ever got relief for the pain. Write and let me know. Positive or negative, it helps me to find out the results of what I am doing. Dr. Rozeboom. Karen: Thanks for writing!...

Back and Neck Injury: Nerve damage in both legs, analgesic ladder, spinal fusion
analgesic ladder, spinal fusion, nerve pain: As a person that has nerve pain, I can tell you that it is difficult to treat and manage. The treatments vary from person-to-person because each nerve pain issue is as different as each individual. Besides physical therapy, exercise, and stretching, the...

Back and Neck Injury: Nerve damage, nerve conduction velocities, finger numbness
nerve conduction velocities, finger numbness, home traction: Hi David, Surgery is the last option since you will be permanently impaired and likely no better a year after. The reason being scar tissue proliferation and poor post-op follow up with ultrasound treatments. It sounds like you just need to keep up with...

Back and Neck Injury: Nerve freezing, lawrence gold, iliac crest
lawrence gold, iliac crest, tight muscles: Can t answer about success rate, but there s another factor. It is most common for back trouble to be caused by very tight back muscles, which affect the discs. This kind of tension is often made worse by surgery and may be the cause of your wife s pain....

Back and Neck Injury: Back/Nerve Problem?, inversion sprain, kidney pain
inversion sprain, kidney pain, nerve problem: Hi Lori, I think they are being overly cautious with additional work-up. You simply cut off the blood supply to your leg while putting pressure against the main artery for 10 minutes and you leg, fell asleep , causing the inversion sprain in the ankle....

Back and Neck Injury: Nerve regrowth, nerve regrowth, lawrence gold
nerve regrowth, lawrence gold, cervical spine: Paul, It would seem so -- but that s not my area of expertise. Would I would do, if you were my client, is check your cervical spine for muscular contractures. Sometimes, they cause spinal compression and subsequent nerve symptoms, such as the one you...

Back and Neck Injury: Neuralgia/Neurontin, roller coaster injury, whiplash injuries
roller coaster injury, whiplash injuries, muscular contractions: Dear Britney, Your description is typical of muscular contractions the follow whiplash injuries, that, in turn, trap and compress nerves that go down the arms from the neck. That s the neuralgia. Headaches also result from neck muscles in contraction....

Back and Neck Injury: Neuralgia... Sciatica???, cervical plexus, botox injections
cervical plexus, botox injections, nerve pain: Dear Mel, It s not true that there s not much you can do for nerve pain. Actually, it s a pretty basic situation, some of which you already understand: you have very contracted neck muscles, and that contraction includes muscles that go down your spine....

Back and Neck Injury: Neuralgia, roller coaster injury, back and neck pain
roller coaster injury, back and neck pain, severe headaches: Britney: Thanks for writing! It is sad that you have had this much trouble with this injury. Someone should have gotten to the root of the problem and solved it a few years ago. This is what happened. When you were injured on the roller coaster,...

Back and Neck Injury: New MRI Reports..., central disc protrusion, degenerative disc disease
central disc protrusion, degenerative disc disease, spinal fixation: Degenerative disc disease isn t one of the condition that typically causes lesions. It usually is something like multiple sclerosis or cancer. Trauma, such as the fall you ve described, can cause lesions. A lesion can be a tumor but not necessarily...

Back and Neck Injury: NHS treatment of slipped disc, diclofenac sodium, co codamol
diclofenac sodium, co codamol, pain killers: Dear Ricky, I m going to bypass most of your questions and go to the heart of the matter. Sciatica can be ended in fewer than four sessions by means of somatic education. Sciatica is a nerve pinch caused by muscular contractions, usually in the lower...

Back and Neck Injury: Noticed bumb right below tailbone, lawrence gold, kegel exercises
lawrence gold, kegel exercises, sophisticated version: There is no second bone -- but there is a muscle, the levator ani (look it up). There s a maneuver I teach to get control of the muscles at the floor of the pelvis, called Cadenced Breathing. It s a more sophisticated version of Kegel exercises and...

Back and Neck Injury: Numb toe and pins and needles, pins and needles, long periods of time
pins and needles, long periods of time, numb toe: I am a member of a group of chiropractors that use a gentle technique to help relieve the discomfort caused by disc injuries, excellent for the elderly or individuals with weaker bones. The group is called SOT (sacro-occipital technique, and we are located...

Back and Neck Injury: Numbness one side of body/straightening of cervical spine/spots on brain MRI, headaces, emotional test
headaces, emotional test, spine problems: First and foremost you need to follow up with the spots on the brain . This should be of the utmost concern. If the neurologist will not talk to you about it, ask for the MRI s and the report and take them to your family doctor. As for the headaches and...

Back and Neck Injury: Numbness in thigh, numbness in thigh, nerve roots
numbness in thigh, nerve roots, lawrence gold: Dear Rob, It s already gone away; what you want is for it to come back. Back pain indicates excessive muscular tension in back muscles. The same muscles often cause neighboring vertebrae to squeeze too closely together, trapping nerve roots -- leading...

Back and Neck Injury: Numbness in toes, underside of arms and finger digets, numbness in toes, numbness in the toes
numbness in toes, numbness in the toes, anti inflammatory drugs: Hi John, It always amazes me the doctors can t figure problems like this out. If the arm is numb with a normal MRI with ulnar nerve distribution, the problem is in the elbow. Keep it extended, iced and rested as much as possible. Anti-inflammatory drugs...

Back and Neck Injury: neck, question god, blood clot
question god, blood clot, becuse: Ryan: Thanks for writing! A blood clot usually comes about becuse of the condition of the blood, not from being spanging the back. The chances of getting a blood clot from this are very, very small. Drink your water. If you get any numbness, get...

Back and Neck Injury: neck, joint cracking, chiropractic treatment
joint cracking, chiropractic treatment, starbuck: There haven t been alot of studies to prove what happens, but my theory is that your nerves are surrounded by dura, a hard covering that also covers the brain. When you crack a joint, it stretches this dura and causes the shock sensations. I get this...

Back and Neck Injury: Back/neck, compression fracture, long periods of time
compression fracture, long periods of time, gentle technique: Quick answer, see a chiropractor. This will help with the muscle spasms, which are most likely due to a misalignment in the spine. When you fell, you probably hurt more than L2, but that was what was most important to fix at the time. Now that it is better...

Back and Neck Injury: neck, tingling in right arm, severe headaches
tingling in right arm, severe headaches, durnin: Hi Tom, Let me know where you live and I will find you someone competent to treat you. Towel traction to the base of your skull would be more effective in your case. Not all D.C. s or M.D. s are created equally. You need a specialist that has good hands....

Back and Neck Injury: back and neck, new apartment, memory foam
new apartment, memory foam, starbuck: Sorry to put it bluntly, but you are in serious need of a bed. The stiffness is not going to go away until you get better sleeping conditions. You can stretch before and after bed and take a hot shower in the morning to get blood flowing to the muscles,...

Back and Neck Injury: neck ache - stiffness and lump., neck ache, st paul minnesota
neck ache, st paul minnesota, easter holidays: I don t want to give you wrong information without doing a proper exam myself. It does sound muscular, but there could be some other underlying problems, such as subluxation (chiropractic term for bone out of place). I suggest seeing a chiropractor. Most...

Back and Neck Injury: neck and arm pain, neck and arm pain, pinch nerve
neck and arm pain, pinch nerve, guin al: Renea: These are both doctors of chiropractic, but they have special training which will allow them to do great things in cases such as yours. Dr. Farmer is the one in Birmingham. He is one of the greatest doctors I have ever known and I have known some...

Back and Neck Injury: back/neck/arm problem, sensory motor integration, somatic educator
sensory motor integration, somatic educator, muscle spasm: John, Since you understand that you have a muscle spasm, the question becomes, how do you end the spasm? Please see the article, Pain Relief through Movement Education (sensory-motor integration) -- Explaining Hanna Somatic Education®, at somatics.com/page4.htm....

Back and Neck Injury: neck and arm, pinched nerve in the neck, pain killers
pinched nerve in the neck, pain killers, massage therapist: I would consider the possibility of a pinched nerve in the neck as the cause of the arm pain. The nerves from the neck control movement and sensation in the upper body including the arms. After checking back with your primary doctor and discussing the...

Back and Neck Injury: neck back buttocks pain, buttocks pain, more detailed explanation
buttocks pain, more detailed explanation, numbness in the hands: Hello, Stacy, From your description, along with possible torn ligaments, you have muscles in contraction -- a common result of injuries and the shock to the nervous system. Muscles in contraction develop muscle fatigue and get sore. Numbness in the...

Back and Neck Injury: neck & back chronical pain, lower back pain, pain killers
lower back pain, pain killers, calcium magnesium: Vitamins are great for general health and well-being, but there isn t one vitamin that will help with muscle strength. You can take Calcium/Magnesium/Zinc/Potassium, there are some such combos out there, or you can take a good multi-mineral/vitamin. What...

Back and Neck Injury: neck and back clicking, penny dear, tight muscles
penny dear, tight muscles, manipulative methods: Dear Penny, The clicking is typical of people with moderately tight muscles in the neck or back. When the muscles are very tight, there is no clicking, but restricted movement and often problems like bulging discs and nerve pain. When the muscles...

Back and Neck Injury: neck disc bulges, disc bulges, starbuck
disc bulges, starbuck, libido: The disc bulges won t, but the pain caused by the bulges will. If your libido has dropped, it s most likely caused by preoccupation with something else, usually pain. All of your focus is on the pain, consciously and subconsciously, and it make it difficult...

Back and Neck Injury: neck and face tingling, neck manipulation, lawrence gold
neck manipulation, lawrence gold, tight muscles: In a word, yes. Sounds like a nerve impingement. Generally, these results from entrapment of a nerve by tight muscles. Chiropractic creates a sudden stretch of muscles, which triggers the stretch (myotatic) reflex that tightens muscles back up. That...

Back and Neck Injury: my neck and feet???, nerves in the neck, emg findings
nerves in the neck, emg findings, emg test: It looks like you are doing all the right things. The lawyer needs access to all your medical records, MRIs, etc. so that she can have an independent doctor (not affiliated with the hospital) to review them. I recommend following the care plan that your...

Back and Neck Injury: neck/head/back pain, brain ct scan, sinus headache
brain ct scan, sinus headache, osteopath: Hi Danielle, First and foremost check to make sure you are not running a temperature. This will elevate with Mastoiditis and other infections causes. I suspect the Osteopath hasn t adjusted many people in his/her career. I went to Osteopathic school at...

Back and Neck Injury: neck/head pain after adjustment, table tennis player, proper alignment
table tennis player, proper alignment, lower back pain: Hi Beata, Sorry I wasn t able to get back with you immediately but we have severe flooding here in the Midwest and in our house. I searched and can t find any Danielle that I answered a question for. Regardless, you need to see another Chiropractor;...

Back and Neck Injury: neck and head pain Dx.C 5 &6 vert.disc desolved, neck flexion, mckenzie institute
neck flexion, mckenzie institute, robin mckenzie: Dear Gail, thank you for your question. You are right, it sounds like his job is a major contributor to his pain right now. I am not surprised that anti-inflammatory meds don t help. They treat the symptoms, but not the problem. Chiropractors try to adjust...

Back and Neck Injury: neck & head pain, seated leg press, tight joints
seated leg press, tight joints, lawrence gold: Hello, Mehran, First piece of advice: stop doing 380 lb leg presses. You re conditioning yourself to be musclebound and prone to spasm ... ... which is what happened, at the very least, to produce the pain you ve experienced: neck muscles in spasm....

Back and Neck Injury: back/neck/headaches, druggy, energy pill
druggy, energy pill, painkillers: Cynthia: Thanks for writing! This is a disheartening situation. A simple injury from the trauma of being dropped was not diagnosed or treated properly and you have been forced into being a druggy for 6 years. This should not happen. There are alternatives....

Back and Neck Injury: neck/hearing, nerve system, good posture
nerve system, good posture, saskatchewan canada: Locate a SORSI-Certified SOT Doctor Dax: Here is the list I have for Canada. If none of these are near you, call the nearest one and ask for a referral. If that doesn t work out, write me again. Dr. Rozeboom PS: Dr. Bathie is the most qualified...

Back and Neck Injury: neck and back injuries, cervical curve, neck and back injuries
cervical curve, neck and back injuries, nerve test: Dear Andrea, Yes a car crash can definitely cause flattening of the cervical curve. It has been shown in the clinical literature that when rear-ended, the whiplash mechanism causes abnormal biomechanical motions in the spine which can alter the resultant...

Back and Neck Injury: neck injury, blue cross blue sheld, chronic health problems
blue cross blue sheld, chronic health problems, west ramp: Becky: I enclose a listing for a chiro in Memphis. He does not use the same technic in chiropractic that I do but I am sure he could help your brother. I will send him an email to let him know I have referred your brother to him. Dr. Rozeboom ...

Back and Neck Injury: neck injury, whiplash injuries, whiplash injury
whiplash injuries, whiplash injury, lawrence gold: The likelihood that the incidents are related is high. However, you almost certainly already had elevated neck tension that was triggered by the lifting into a spasm. Spasms are painful, but damage is unlikely. The Worker s Comp people are wrong, with...

Back and Neck Injury: neck injury, oxygen tubing, neck bones
oxygen tubing, neck bones, old grandmother: Without looking at the xrays, I don t know what kind of fracture your Grandmother has. The Ortho doctor probably did not believe the fractures were bad enough to operate on, and her age might have some input on the decision. If the Ortho doctor didn t give...

Back and Neck Injury: neck injury, bicep exercises, lifting weights
bicep exercises, lifting weights, pinched nerve: From reading your question, I am inclined to agree with your decision to see a chiropractor or physio. It sounds like a pinched nerve in your neck. I had a similar problem about 20 years ago and I tried to just let it heal on its own. It kept getting worse...

Back and Neck Injury: neck injury, bicep exercises, trapezius muscles
bicep exercises, trapezius muscles, biceps tendon: Without a proper exam I can not give you an exact answer, but it sounds like one of two things. 1) very tight pecs and trapezius muscles, 2) slight displacement of the biceps tendon. I strongly suggest chiropractic because with the muscle tension, vertebrae...

Back and Neck Injury: neck injury, bicep exercises, weight training regime
bicep exercises, weight training regime, bicep training: Dear Mark, From what you have described, this sounds like a chronic trapezius/rhomboid/levator scapulae injury that continues to be exacerbated with your ongoing weight training regime. The specific actions you mentioned such as bicep training and...

Back and Neck Injury: neck injury, whiplash injury, osteopath
whiplash injury, osteopath, x rays: Although I m not a physician, it sounds like you may have had a whiplash injury. I suggest going to a physician, chiropractor, or osteopath to get a good diagnosis of what s happening. You may need some X-rays, an MRI, or other studies to determine the damage....

Back and Neck Injury: neck injury, soft tissue structures, ligament injury
soft tissue structures, ligament injury, resistive exercises: Dear Claire, Absolutely this is associated with neck injury. The whiplash type of injury mechanism can easily cause these symptoms due to joint compression, ligament tearing, disk injury, and muscular stress and strain. Concerning the x-rays...they...

Back and Neck Injury: neck injury and abdominal work outs, abdominal work outs, migraine headaches
abdominal work outs, migraine headaches, vertebral segments: Dear Brennen, Sorry about the delay on this follow-up, my apologies. Ok, this is a bit off the subject, but...you are a former gymnast and you smoke!? You know I an gonna get on you for that...not only is that a horrible habit which is doing nothing...

Back and Neck Injury: neck injury and arm pain, arm pain, cat scan
arm pain, cat scan, severe pain: It s really difficult to say because I have no way to know the extent of the injuries. I would consult the doctor that referred you for the CAT scan to see if a follow-up by MRI is appropriate. Your doctor should also be providing you with some kind of...

Back and Neck Injury: neck injury - bad headaches, whiplash injuries, cause headaches
whiplash injuries, cause headaches, neck muscles: Lindsey, Sounds like what s causing your symptoms is what you describe as having strained the muscles in your neck. Neck muscles in spasm compress nerves that go from the neck to the arm (arm symptoms) and cause headaches. There are also reflexive connections...

Back and Neck Injury: neck injury causing persistant pain, muscle strains, muscle contracts
muscle strains, muscle contracts, back of my neck: Without a proper exam I am just speculating, but it sounds to me that you have many muscle strains in the neck region. The burning in the back and into the head definitely sounds like muscle and the shaking in your arms is muscle related. When a muscle...

Back and Neck Injury: neck injury - chronic pain, power lifter, blue navigation bar
power lifter, blue navigation bar, lawrence gold: Hi, Dwight, Years ago, I had as a client an Olympic power lifter with a similar problem: neck spasms and headaches. His pain cleared up in a few sessions. The muscles of your neck and spine are musclebound, probably from your way of training, with...

Back and Neck Injury: neck injury, numbness in right leg and foot, numbness in right leg, gentle chiropractic
numbness in right leg, gentle chiropractic, whiplash injuries: Hi Cynthia, You have foot drop which is common in advanced cases of L5/S1 disc herniatations. At this point you don t have a choice, you need to see a doctor. The good news is a Chiropractor with flexion/distraction tables should be able to decompress...

Back and Neck Injury: neck injury, neural foraminal stenosis, spinal canal stenosis
neural foraminal stenosis, spinal canal stenosis, base of my skull: First thing: The pain in your shoulders, neck and skull result from muscular contractions in reaction to the fall and blow to your head. It s not damage; it s a reaction. That understood, can you see how work-hardening has nothing to do with your condition?...

Back and Neck Injury: neck, back, jaw injury, sore neck muscles, whiplash injuries
sore neck muscles, whiplash injuries, muscles of the neck: Dear Hanna, Your GP is incorrect. Dizziness is a common consequence of neck tension, as the muscles of the neck, eyes, and balance centers of the brain are directly, reflexively connected. Pain and numbness of the extremities are common effects of...

Back and Neck Injury: neck lump, non hodgkin s lymphoma, hodgkin s lymphoma
non hodgkin s lymphoma, hodgkin s lymphoma, neck lump: Tasha, I will not understate this enough, you need that looked at IMMEDIATELY! This quite possibly could be Hodgkin s or non-Hodgkin s lymphoma. If it hurt from the first day you noticed it I wouldn t be worried but if the mass was not tender, it needs...

Back and Neck Injury: neck and mid back pain, mid back pain, tight muscles
mid back pain, tight muscles, overtime work: Since there was no traumatic injury, I believe that you are experiencing muscle pains from overuse. I agree that it will relax after a while. Continue the cold and hot packs to keep the blood flowing through the area to help with healing. Stretching...

Back and Neck Injury: neck /muscle tension, neck muscle tension, napercin
neck muscle tension, napercin, pins and needles: Well, Colleen, I can imagine that if the physical therapist saw signs of nerve weakness or central spine stenosis then I would also suggest a second opinion. Physical therapist are supposed to be known for their ability to verbalize their findings and rational...

Back and Neck Injury: neck/nerve pain, nerve pain, final answer
nerve pain, final answer, aaompt: Mel: I believe that it is. I recieved mine through the University of St. Augustine in Florida, and I know that the International community has a very active part in the MTC programs as well as the AAOMPT. I know a few Canadians also that sport these initials...

Back and Neck Injury: neck numness, trigeminal ganglion, anatomy of the neck
trigeminal ganglion, anatomy of the neck, nerve cells: Dear Kathy, It sounds like you are experiencing nerve compression/irritation due to the position of the neck. There can be different causes of this but the most common is due to degenerative changes in the neck which encroach (place pressure) upon the...

Back and Neck Injury: neck pain, cervical spine, jeff carr
cervical spine, jeff carr, future thanks: Sure Cliff I have a few ideas. Sounds like you have intermittent pinching of the facet capsule in your cervical spine, or neck. This is very common and can be easily treated with a technique called Multifidous Isometric Contraction which uses a muscle to ...

Back and Neck Injury: neck pain, central disc protrusion, paracentral disc protrusion
central disc protrusion, paracentral disc protrusion, thecal sac: Jes: Thanks for writing! This says the bones in your neck are not broken down but the neck is straight instead of being curved forward as it should be. In the lower part of your neck, just above the shoulders, The cushions between your neck bones...

Back and Neck Injury: neck and back pain, health food store, numbness in hands and feet
health food store, numbness in hands and feet, numbness in hands: Tony: Thanks for writing! Yes, this happens to a lot of workers. They are hurt on the job, try to follow the rules and see the doctors and are still in pain. The first thing I recomend to you is to start taking some magnesium citrate, water soluble....

Back and Neck Injury: neck pain, nerve entrapment, muscular contractions
nerve entrapment, muscular contractions, neck muscles: John, Your doctors missed the obvious: muscular contractions -- typical of any kind of musculo-skeletal injury. With incidents involving the neck and head, the neck muscles go into contraction. Nerve effects are entirely secondary, the consequence of...

Back and Neck Injury: neck and back pain, muscle spasms in neck, blade area
muscle spasms in neck, blade area, shoulder blade: You can do all the stretches and exercises you want, but if there is a vertebrae out of place along the spine, or any joint, there will be lack or motion and pain with that lack of motion. This is where chiropractic sores above the rest of the healthcare...

Back and Neck Injury: Back and neck pain, little bones, inversion table
little bones, inversion table, leg pain: David: Thanks for writing! It sounds like your entire spine is under pressure. This pressure causes the little bones in your spine to move apart and get in the way of the nerves. All of the nerves, including the spinal cord. Go to www.sorsi.com, www.icak.com...

Back and Neck Injury: neck and back pain, neural foraminal stenosis, neural foramen
neural foraminal stenosis, neural foramen, thoracic spinal cord: Connie, I am a lawyer, not a doctor. You don t have any obvious herniated disc findings on contrast studies, but you do have clinical signs of a disc problem, although they may be from soft tissue injuries. . I suggest you consult with a neurosurgeon,...

Back and Neck Injury: neck pain, facet hypertrophy, disc bulges
facet hypertrophy, disc bulges, foraminal stenosis: In general it is saying you have some disc bulges that are not quite touching the spinal cord. The foraminal stenosis is narrowing of the hole where the nerve exits the spinal cord and to the different areas of the body. The levels where that is happening...

Back and Neck Injury: neck and back pain, everyday allday, diffuse disc bulge
everyday allday, diffuse disc bulge, chiropractic offices: Lisa: Thanks for writing! Yes, that would hurt really bad! But, there is hope. There is a wonderful book out there, Dealing with Back Pain and Rheumatoid Joint Pain by Dr. Batmanheldij. It is available in most books stores. It contains specific...

Back and Neck Injury: neck pain, study habits of students, poor posture
study habits of students, poor posture, st paul minnesota: Without a proper exam I m only speculating. If you are a student, that would explain a lot to me. The study habits of students can cause a lot of problems, including neck strain, eye strain, poor posture, headaches, etc. If you are not a student and you...

Back and Neck Injury: neck pain, knee joints, massage therapy
knee joints, massage therapy, starbuck: This could very well be from using the cane. You are using muscles that haven t been used in that fashion and now there is a lot of tension. I suggest two things, 1)massage therapy and 2)chiropractic. These two combined will help to alleviate the discomfort...

Back and Neck Injury: back and neck pain, ventral thecal sac, mckenzie institute
ventral thecal sac, mckenzie institute, nerve roots: Dear Mary, thank you for your question. Your complaints are not unusual, because bulging discs become aggravated by bending frequently or for prolonged periods. I suggest that you find a Physical Therapist, who specializes in spine care, e.g. McKenzie certified....

Back and Neck Injury: neck pain, reactive hyperemia, cervical curve
reactive hyperemia, cervical curve, muscle spasm: I would definitely see a chiropractor since the muscle spasm distorted the normal curvature of the neck. This will manifest years later and heal in that position as a protective mechanism to prevent further injury. This can be avoided, the sooner you get treated,...

Back and Neck Injury: neck and back pain, curvature of the spine, spinal curvature
curvature of the spine, spinal curvature, chiroprator: Did the chiropractor you were seeing give you exercises to do at home? If not they should have. I can not give you a random exercise to do without a proper evaluation, if I gave you the wrong exercise it could make the situation worse. My suggestion is...

Back and Neck Injury: neck and back pain, st paul minnesota, true extent
st paul minnesota, true extent, exact response: Without a proper exam and viewing the true extent of your injuries, it is difficult to give you an exact response. In most cases it is very normal for the body to respond this way. The body takes a while to realize what has happened to it and then adapts...

Back and Neck Injury: neck/back pain, high intensity workouts, soft tissue techniques
high intensity workouts, soft tissue techniques, neck motion: Brett, This sounds like a muscle tear...they frequently happen to lifters after heavy sets, when fatigue sets in, when technique is poor, or when smaller muscles are helping the larger ones such as when you have strained on a previous lift. From what...

Back and Neck Injury: neck/back pain, muscle tendon, intense pain
muscle tendon, intense pain, squats: Without a proper exam, I am just speculating, but you could have done a couple things. You could have strained a muscle/tendon causing the pop . The other, which is much worse, is you could have injured a disc, straining the muscles and ligaments around...

Back and Neck Injury: neck/back pain, muscle spasm, neck muscles
muscle spasm, neck muscles, tight muscles: Dear Brett, Sounds like possibly you contracted your neck muscles so hard that you caused vertebrae to go out of place, along with muscle spasm. The pain will probably go away when you learn to relax those neck muscles, at which point the vertebrae will...

Back and Neck Injury: neck pain, deep tissue massage, neck spasm
deep tissue massage, neck spasm, chiroweb: Hi Cassie, Sure, There are a couple things you can do to help it heal. If it is a disc, ice and towel traction usually clears it up in a few weeks. The towel traction is simply done by your D.O. He will place a rolled up towel made of thin material such...

Back and Neck Injury: neck and back pain, base of my skull, neck muscles
base of my skull, neck muscles, neck pains: Although I am not a physician and cannot diagnose your condition, it certainly sounds like a muscle tension problem similar to what you described having earlier. I would recommend another visit to your doctor. You may need additional treatments. Thank...

Back and Neck Injury: neck pain, cervical vertebra, female answer
cervical vertebra, female answer, chiroweb: When the ligaments that hold the 1st and 2nd cervical vertebra in place get stretched or are malformed, they can slide against a critical part of the brain called the brain stem. This will cause the symptoms you have and should be checked out soon. Don t hesitate...

Back and Neck Injury: Back and neck pain, laurence gold, pain killers
laurence gold, pain killers, continual pain: Dear Laura, There is indeed hope for your partner; there is at least one good method of alleviating muscular spasms. First thing: the pain and shock of injuries commonly cause people to tighten up. Obvious when you think about it, yes? That accounts...

Back and Neck Injury: neck pain and more, pins and needles, blade area
pins and needles, blade area, nerve injury: Dear Jennifer, You don t need to have a herniated disc to have these symptoms; muscular contractions in your upper spine and neck are sufficient to cause the nerve impingements that would cause your symptoms. You said you had a car accident; it s typical...

Back and Neck Injury: neck pain, whiplash symptoms, neck muscles
whiplash symptoms, neck muscles, osteopath: Although I m not a physician, I believe that you are experiencing whiplash symptoms. I recommend seeing a local physician, chiropractor, or osteopath who can give you a good physical examination to determine the underlying cause. You may need X-rays, an...

Back and Neck Injury: neck pain, whiplash injury, splitting wood
whiplash injury, splitting wood, muscle tightness: Although I m not a physician, it sounds to me like you ve had a whiplash injury. This type of injury can be aggravated by certain activities as you have just discovered. You should see your physician about the pain. You ll probably need an X-ray and/or...

Back and Neck Injury: neck/back pain, levator scapulae, erector spinae
levator scapulae, erector spinae, muscle fibers: Dear John, This is a common complaint...you have likely just pulled a muscle in the upper back. It is common to hear a crunch or pop while actually releasing the weight due to the fact that this is an eccentric movement (lengthening of the muscle while...

Back and Neck Injury: neck and back pain, pinched nerve in the neck, left shoulder
pinched nerve in the neck, left shoulder, left arm: Since I am not a physician and you didn t mention any trauma, it s really impossible to tell what s going on. I suggest that you see your doctor or chiropractor before things get worse. It sounds like a pinched nerve in the neck. Thank you for your...

Back and Neck Injury: neck pain, sinus pressure, wisdom teeth
sinus pressure, wisdom teeth, cervical spine: Dear Maria, I have to ask, has anyone given you a working diagnosis of what the problem is, and where the pain could be coming from? With all of the types of doctors and healthcare professionals you have tried, I would think you would have some idea of...

Back and Neck Injury: neck pain, cervical vertebrae, neuroforamen
cervical vertebrae, neuroforamen, neck bones: Anna: Thanks for writing! First, I would suggest that you get a basic anatomy book on the human body and look at the structure of the bones and nerves in a neck. What this means is that the biggest part of one of the bones in your neck (C4, fourth...

Back and Neck Injury: neck pain, baby slings, month old baby
baby slings, month old baby, holding the baby: Linda: Thanks for writing! Very likely your neck is aggravated by holding the baby. But a prexisting weakness in your neck may be making holding the baby painful. I recomend seeing a good chiropractor in your area. If you want a referral, let me know...

Back and Neck Injury: neck pain, month old baby, lawrence gold
month old baby, lawrence gold, sore muscles: Dear Linda, Avoiding jokes about babies being a pain in the neck, that kind of pain is usually from tight, fatigued, sore muscles. If you tilt your head when holding a baby, the muscles on the side opposite the tilt get tight and tired. Muscle strain...

Back and Neck Injury: neck pain, air bladder, chiropractic supply
air bladder, chiropractic supply, chiropractic adjustments: Ms Busi: Thanks for writing! It is good that you have gotten some relief with chiropractic Adjustments. But the long lasting relief is also essential. I would suggest you go to www.sorsi.com and look for a chiropractor there. The chiropractors listed...

Back and Neck Injury: neck pain, lawrence gold, rapid improvements
lawrence gold, rapid improvements, shoulder blade: Dear Kelly, You are musclebound in the involved areas. The direct solution is somatic training, whereby you improve your control over the involved muscle tension, to the point of relaxation. No drug, manipulation, or surgical procedure can substitute...

Back and Neck Injury: neck pain, neck vertebrae, whiplash injuries
neck vertebrae, whiplash injuries, muscular contractions: Dear Stephen, Bones go where muscles pull them. Whiplash injuries set up muscular contractions in the neck. Vertebrae get displaced. Please see the article on whiplash injuries at somatics.com/page4.htm. Dislocations follow the same logic: ...

Back and Neck Injury: neck pain, arm pain, hand pain, headaches, mri of cervical spine, cervical curve
mri of cervical spine, cervical curve, thecal sac: Dear g, Most of your symptoms, including change of neck curvature and disc bulges, are consistent with muscular contractions in your neck subsequent to whiplash injuries. These muscular contractions are reflexive actions of the nervous system that have...

Back and Neck Injury: neck and back pain from auto injury, cervical curvature, neck sprain
cervical curvature, neck sprain, car damage: Hi Diana, I don t know where to start, the injections will not restore the normal cervical curvature, a Chiropractor will. A PT won t help either, an MRI is only indicated if a disc or other radiographically undetectable disease is suspected. Bottom line,...

Back and Neck Injury: could my back and neck pain cause headache's, sinus pain, back and neck pain
sinus pain, back and neck pain, cause headache: Amber: Yes your neck may contribute to your sinus pain, but not because your discs are out . Chiropracters falsly assume that because you are not in alignment at the moment of the x-ray then you must have something wrong. That is a cheap way of trying to...

Back and Neck Injury: neck pain/crunching/headache, improper posture, severe headaches
improper posture, severe headaches, pain in the back of the head: Gordon: Ok! Those are a muscle relaxer and an anti-inflamatory, like Viox. I would assume you are on those for a short time, not for life. The pain in the back of the head near the neck is a defense mechanism of the body. When your bodies defenses...

Back and Neck Injury: neck/back pain-dislocated disc?, protective reflexes, muscle relaxers
protective reflexes, muscle relaxers, massage therapist: Hi, Nicole, Unforunately, there s a big missing piece in people s understanding of injures -- and it s good news for you. Injuries and pain trigger reflexes that tighten muscles. These reflexes come from the brain and are protective in nature. But...

Back and Neck Injury: back, neck pain and dizzy, home cervical traction, base of my skull
home cervical traction, base of my skull, sporting good stores: Timothy: Thanks for writing! Your brain and spinal cord have been jammed down between your hips. The hips were probably already loose and weak before you landed on the top of your head, which made it worse. The obvious answer is to pull your spinal...

Back and Neck Injury: neck pain head pains and dizziness, mild levoscoliosis, neural foraminal narrowing
mild levoscoliosis, neural foraminal narrowing, headaches and dizziness: Yes it is if you had a brain MRI to rule out MS. If that is negative than the symptoms can easily be from the neck. If so, get towel traction not drugs since this will only mask symptoms. Home traction units work well as an adjunct as well. A local Chiropractor...

Back and Neck Injury: neck pain/headaches cont'd, pain management specialist, anxiety level
pain management specialist, anxiety level, neurological pain: I don t think acupuncture will help, the collar will weaken your cervical muscles and epidurals are out of the question. They do nothing but mask symptoms while destroying connective tissue. Thank you for your kind rating.:) Did you mean to press no...

Back and Neck Injury: neck pain and lymph node, intake water, neck bone
intake water, neck bone, home exercise: Emily: Thanks for writing! It looks like there are two solutions here. First, for the swollen lymph node, I would recomend that you check your water intake. Water is a specific essential for the lymph system. It must have enough water to drain properly....

Back and Neck Injury: neck pain part ii, clinical somatic education, pain management specialists
clinical somatic education, pain management specialists, facet joints: John, While cortizone is an anti-inflammatory, it also causes breakdown of connective tissue -- and it doesn t handle any muscular problems at all. Compression of vertebrae by contracted neck muscles would cause contact and friction at the facet joints....

Back and Neck Injury: neck pain/shoulder pain, spinal curvature, lawrence gold
spinal curvature, lawrence gold, exray: Lisha, That kind of pain usually results from muscles in spasm. One would expect such a spasm to induce a spinal curvature; since your spine is straight, but you have nerve pain in your right arm, I am mystified. I would want to see your x-rays, if you...

Back and Neck Injury: Back/neck pain since rear-ended on highway 1 year ago, occupant kinematics, soft tissue injuries
occupant kinematics, soft tissue injuries, soft tissue damage: Dear Ken, The symptoms you are experiencing are common from rear impact vectored collisions. These types of collisions, whiplash , frequently produce significant soft tissue injuries that can remain symptomatic for years. Common injuries are in the myofascial...

Back and Neck Injury: neck pain, facet joints, manual therapist
facet joints, manual therapist, drug seeker: Dear Charlie: I have a few suggestions that you may find to be of use. First, since you had certain levels fused, any pain coming from those nerves will be hard to eliminate since now the facet joints, or bones that make the hole possible for the nerve to...

Back and Neck Injury: neck pains and headaches, bulging discs, neck pains
bulging discs, neck pains, icak: Duane: Thanks for writing! Yes, the bulging discs in your neck can cause Carpal Tunnel. And frequently do. A good chiropractor can change the tension in the back and neck so that the bulging discs do not cause as much problems. Go to www.sorsi.com,...

Back and Neck Injury: neck pains and headaches, cerebral vasculature, neck bones
cerebral vasculature, neck bones, cervical spine: Duane: A desiccated disc is a piece of gristle between your neck bones which has dried up and started to crumble. The gristle has collapsed to the extent that has moved into the area of your body where the nerves are and is keeping these nerves from doing...

Back and Neck Injury: neck poping, neck exercise, home exercise
neck exercise, home exercise, neck bone: Randy: Ok! Yes, a tension in the covering over the spinal cord can be a serious condition. It is one of those things that never quite drops you on the floor, but keeps draining your energy and pulling you down, little by little. It is best to get...

Back and Neck Injury: neck popping, corinth ms, fibromyalgia symptoms
corinth ms, fibromyalgia symptoms, referral source: Make sure your treatment includes Flexion/Distraction, you ll know you re getting it because your legs have to be strapped in. Also, you need towel traction for your neck. Let me know if this is being done, or print this up and show it to Dr. Herndon. ...

Back and Neck Injury: neck posture, somatic educator, perfect posture
somatic educator, perfect posture, lawrence gold: Dear Sara, The pain has nothing to do with chocolate, but a head-forward position puts strain on the back and neck muscles, which get tired and hurt. You developed a postural habit of slouching that is now costing you your comfort. A few sessions...

Back and Neck Injury: neck problem, spinal bones, neck bones
spinal bones, neck bones, home exercise: Angela: Thanks for writing! This means that the little cushion between you neck bones is flattened out and is bulging backward. When it bulges backward, it tends to touch the spinal cord. This will give a lot of pain and can cause a problem anywhere...

Back and Neck Injury: back and neck problems, pins and needles, vertebrae
pins and needles, vertebrae, xrays: Either can be causing the issues. When you split the vertebrae the body laid down more bone in its place. This extra bone could be invading the nerve s space. But you can not rule out the vibrating tools. I would get another set of xrays or even an MRI...

Back and Neck Injury: neck,sholder and arm pain, clinical somatic education, whiplash injuries
clinical somatic education, whiplash injuries, muscle spasm: Steve, Sounds like you have a muscle spasm. No fun, but not dangerous. Understamd your condition better by reading the article on whiplash injuries at somatics.com/page4.htm Get on the net and locate a practitioner of clinical somatic education...

Back and Neck Injury: neck,sholder and arm pain, muscle tension, nerve irritation
muscle tension, nerve irritation, money situation: It sounds like you have a combination of problems. I think you have a subluxation in your neck, chiropractic term for some type of misalignment/rotation of the vertebrae in your neck, and this causes muscle tension and strain, causing the discomfort you...

Back and Neck Injury: neck shoulder and arm pain, neck shoulder and arm pain, shoulder and arm pain
neck shoulder and arm pain, shoulder and arm pain, muscles of the abdomen: Hi, Carole, Arthritis won t cause the symptoms you are experiencing. You seem to have nerve impingements caused by the same condition that leads to arthritis: contracted muscles of the neck and upper back, and possibly of the ribs and muscles of the abdomen...

Back and Neck Injury: Left neck and shoulder blade pain, neck stiffness and pain, shoulder blade pain
neck stiffness and pain, shoulder blade pain, chest ache: Dear Mary Kate, Symptoms such as you have described are often seen in chiropractic offices, but the bottom line is that you should have been given a diagnosis by now on what anatomical structures are responsible for your pain. I am not sure what your chiropractor...

Back and Neck Injury: neck, shoulder, chest pain, nerve interference, pinched nerve
nerve interference, pinched nerve, neck shoulder: Roxanna: Thanks for writing! Yes, this situation occurs a lot. The medics do not look past the tests and take a look at the patient. This sounds like a nerve interference or pinched nerve in your neck. A good chiropractor can check it out for...

Back and Neck Injury: neck & shoulder pain, tight neck muscles, stretch reflex
tight neck muscles, stretch reflex, lawrence gold: Dear Tammy, Yes, traction could have made things worse, brought on the tics and worsened the headaches. When neck muscles are contracted (which is the rationale for traction), they are more prone to the stretch reflex, which is activated by forcible...

Back and Neck Injury: neck / shoulder pain spasm, firefighter paramedic, long periods of time
firefighter paramedic, long periods of time, soft chair: Matt: Thanks for writing! Well, you have had the run around long enough, so I will give it to you straight. This very likely came about because of a repetitive small injuries to your sacro ilicac, where your hip bone hooks to your back bone. This...

Back and Neck Injury: neck/shoulder pain, muscular contractions, nerve pinch
muscular contractions, nerve pinch, lawrence gold: Dear Karen, Pinched nerves commonly come from muscular contractions in the area of the pinch. Disc herniations, same thing. The reason your doctor says there is nothing to be done is because what you have is not a medical problem, but a brain-muscle...

Back and Neck Injury: neck/shoulder, frozen shoulder, neck shoulder
frozen shoulder, neck shoulder, excruciating pain: Leigh: Thanks for writing! You do not say what kind of injury you had or what has been done for it so far. I am assuming it was from an object falling on your shoulder. If this if the case, the whole spine could have been damaged. I would suggest...

Back and Neck Injury: neck and sometimes back pain, articular surfaces, muscle condition
articular surfaces, muscle condition, durnin: The most common problem is an asymmetrical muscle condition causing instability. Getting a thorough work-up, including x-rays, by a recommended Chiropractor is the best option. You might be aggravating the condition by working out. Many good intentions result...

Back and Neck Injury: neck 'stuff', cranial sacral therapist, rolfers
cranial sacral therapist, rolfers, yoga school: Pam: Given your history, I doubt very much that an xray or MRI would show anything to a medical doctor. A chiropractor could probably find some relevant details. If it is avialable and it would set your mind at ease, go ahead and do it. Dr. Rozeboom...

Back and Neck Injury: neck tenderness and headache, neck tenderness, head ache
neck tenderness, head ache, drink soda: Thana: Ok! That is good. Actually, you neck is part of your body. And having a baby affects the whole body, the neck pain could be a result of the pregnancy or it could be an organ problem which showed up with the stress of the pregnancy. I suggest...

Back and Neck Injury: neck and thorasic pain, bone spurs, cervical spine
bone spurs, cervical spine, hip bone: Jenny: Thanks for writing! With the cervical spine and the thoraic spine and ribs going out of wack like that, I suspect an instability where your hip bone hooks to your back bone. This can give a person a lot of pain. And can easily be caused or aggravated...

Back and Neck Injury: neck/trap muscle pain, hardwood floor sander, fascial system
hardwood floor sander, fascial system, scar tissue: Dear John, These issues are definitely being caused by the muscle and fascial system, but I believe you need something more aggressive than massage and stretching to eliminate the problem. Check out the below websites and look for a practitioner in your...

Back and Neck Injury: neck twitching, spasm, icak
spasm, icak, chiropractor: Tim: Thanks for writing! A pull into the neck such as yours often happens when the spine as a whole has lost its support at the bottom end. The muscle and ligaments go into a defensive state and pull on the opposite end.] I suggest you go to a good...

Back and Neck Injury: neck and upper back pain, upper cervical spine, upper back pain
upper cervical spine, upper back pain, stretching exercises: Hello again Lottie, I think there is a definite connection. I firmly believe it is a subluxated rib articulation where the rib connects to the vertebrae in your back. A subluxation is basically a partial dislocation. Having had instant relief prior with...

Back and Neck Injury: neck and upper back pain, worse case scenario, neck stiffness
worse case scenario, neck stiffness, burning sensations: Worse case scenario is that any flu/cold could turn into mono or meningitis, but that is beyond my scope to diagnose, if you are concerned about that, ask your family doctor. Most flu/cold symptoms end up making many of our joints and muscles ache. The best...

Back and Neck Injury: neck and upper back problems, pins and needles, reflex sympathetic dystrophy
pins and needles, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, theripst: RSD is reflex sympathetic dystrophy and I feel that it is a catch-all medical term for a pain that can t be specified. The type of pain is nerve damage related and is typically a burning, tingling, pins-and-needles kind of feeling. The more common term...

Back and Neck Injury: neck, upper back, shoulder, bicep tendon, inner arm
bicep tendon, inner arm, chiropracter: I don t know exactly what kind of adjustments the chiropractor has been doing, but it sounds like you have a scapular issue. To give you a precise answer I would have to perform my own exams. It also could be a problem with the bicep tendon. Again, without...

Back and Neck Injury: neck vertabrae, neck vertabrae, whiplash injuries
neck vertabrae, whiplash injuries, lock tite: Hi, Holly, Yes, the problem could be muscles. It s typical of whiplash injuries (and surgeries) that muscles tighten up at the site of injury. That tightness may draw vertebrae so close together that they grind against each other with movement (popping...

Back and Neck Injury: neck, muscle spasm, lawrence gold
muscle spasm, lawrence gold, memory loss: Hi, C.J., I can t address your memory loss -- except that by observing your spelling, it makes me wonder how good your memory has been in the past. As to the ice-pick feelings, that may be muscle spasms, particularly since you had a compressed disc,...

Back and Neck Injury: neckpain, spasm, chiropractor
spasm, chiropractor, chiropractors: Debbie: Thanks for writing! It is unfortunate that you are in this situation. I will help you. The drawing to the side is of course a muscle. And the shaking is the nerves. So you have both a muscle and a nerve out of whack. When this happens,...

Back and Neck Injury: I need info. about early medical care for someone with a C1-C2 spinal cord injury 2 weeks ago., passive range of motion exercises, range of motion exercises
passive range of motion exercises, range of motion exercises, passive range of motion: It depends on the type of air mattress. There are some that do pulsing waves of air pressure and it s not really noticeable. He should be turned every 2-3 hours to prevent pressure sores. If he is on a pulsating air mattress, turning is not as necessary...

Back and Neck Injury: I need to know which treatment may be best, s1 nerve root, spinal muscles
s1 nerve root, spinal muscles, lawrence gold: Dear Melanie, Of the two options, negative pressure is the better choice -- but neither is the best choice. The best choice is to relax the muscular tensions of the spinal muscles that cause the disc compression that leads to herniation/bulging discs....

Back and Neck Injury: need to know, best guess, bonesetter
best guess, bonesetter, unbearable pain: FF: Ok! My best guess is that the bones in your back or your ribs have been knocked out of place. This would cause the pain you describe. Try to find a bonesetter or a chiropractor or some other type of doctor or healer who can work on your bones...

Back and Neck Injury: neg lumbar mri but lots of pain, cervical spine disc herniation, broken vertebra
cervical spine disc herniation, broken vertebra, lateral recess stenosis: The negative lumbar MRI is most likely in response to any damage to the spine - looking for broken vertebra or disc damage. Muscles that are involved don t really show as problems. However, the muscles typically tighten up in the affected area to guard against...

Back and Neck Injury: nerve demage, greater occipital nerve, cervical spine mri
greater occipital nerve, cervical spine mri, two fists: Maria: Thanks for writing! Yes, I am sure it could be the greater occipital nerve. I doubt that it is permanently damaged. Very likely it is just being stopped from doing its job by the tension in the spine. A chiropractor is supposed to fix this,...

Back and Neck Injury: nerve tingling in the back of the neck, nerves in the neck, aspirn
nerves in the neck, aspirn, interconnections: Marc: Thanks for writing! The nerves in the neck are a whole mass of interconnections and join together in may places. So the neck tingling could be coming from a variety of sources. Nearly always, when the neck hurts, the entire spine is tilted or...

Back and Neck Injury: neuropathy and disc problem, disc bulge, shoulder stretches
disc bulge, shoulder stretches, upper shoulders: Hi Abbe, Since many Chiropractors use different techniques, results can vary dramatically. Your MRI shows a disc herniation (bulge) which requires towel traction. This is done by a D.C. that is proficient in reducing disc protrusions. If your present D.C....

Back and Neck Injury: numbness, back doctor, free consultations
back doctor, free consultations, disc problem: I don t know what kind of surgery you had on your back, but the problems you are describing do sound like a disc problem, but without doing a proper exam I am just speculation. You can see a neurosurgeon, your orthopedic surgeon or you can certainly look...

Back and Neck Injury: numbness in foot from herniated disk, numbness in foot, spinal decompression
numbness in foot, spinal decompression, gentle chiropractic: Yes J, If the numbness is caused by a disc resulting in sciatica, research shows that irreversible nerve damage is possible but extremely unlikely. In rare cases the nerve is severed from bony spurs which lead to nerve damage. You have a better chance of...

Back and Neck Injury: numbness in hands and feet., degenerative disc disease, numbness in hands and feet
degenerative disc disease, numbness in hands and feet, numbness in hands: Chris, You can discount the degenerative disc disease and loss of disc height; these are long-term effects that probably long-preceded the MVA. The whiplash and back strain, however, would involve muscular contractions along the spine that can easily...

Back and Neck Injury: numbness on only one side of my back, nerve interference, nerve irritation
nerve interference, nerve irritation, malposition: Although it could be shingles, I doubt it because shingles are usually extremely painful. If this is a true numbness, you have some tpye of nerve interference. Without an exam it s hard to determine exactly what this could be. It could be related to shingles...

Back and Neck Injury: numbness in right hand, numbness in right hand, forearm muscles
numbness in right hand, forearm muscles, whiplash injury: Bernadette, Sounds like either a circulatory condition or a pinched nerve -- the nerve either at your elbow or at the place where it exits your neck to go down your arm. Either tight forearm muscles or a whiplash injury are likely behind it. Please...

Back and Neck Injury: numbness still remains after discotomy, herinated disk, nerve roots
herinated disk, nerve roots, lumbar nerve: Hi Julia, Sorry I wasn t able to get back with you immediately but we have severe flooding here in the Midwest and in our house. Any interference with the lower lumbar nerve roots will cause constipation and painful sensations in the lower extremities...

Back and Neck Injury: numbness and tingling in hand, pinky finger, neurological problem
pinky finger, neurological problem, dave thanks: Dave: Thanks for writing! This sounds like a neurological problem that a good chiropractor could correct. The nerves going to your left pinky finger are not able to do what they need to do when they need to do it because the bones are getting in the...

Back and Neck Injury: numbness on top of foot and shin, nerve entrapment, mri with contrast
nerve entrapment, mri with contrast, lower back injury: Hi Tim, This shouldn t be frustrating at all, an MRI of your entire body won t show what you have. I strongly suspect a common injury of the peroneal nerve. They just don t know how to visualize it or reproduce it. I have successfully treated dozens of...

Back and Neck Injury: numbness, neck bones, mike thanks
neck bones, mike thanks, big toe: Mike: Thanks for Writing! This is a back and neck problem. The back and neck are contracting to the extent that the nerves coming out from the back and neck bones cannot do what they are supposed to do. Traction would help temporarily. But the only...

Back and Neck Injury: Odd back problems, nerve fibers, trapped nerves
nerve fibers, trapped nerves, conduction block: Dear Erin, Well, I have to assume that you have not had any of these symptoms explored by a physician, and you really need to. Much of what you have described are neurological in nature, this should be followed up on. The history of the head to head...

Back and Neck Injury: Old neck injury, vertabrae, head harness
vertabrae, head harness, minor accident: Shari: Thanks for writing! Indeed, an unfortunate set of occurences. There have been many advances in chiropractic over the last twenty five years. Now, I am sure there are chiropractors out there who can help you without any danger. Go to...

Back and Neck Injury: odd pain, bicep curls, upper fibers
bicep curls, upper fibers, pain sensation: Dear Scott, This appears to be an upper neck strain of the muscular system (probably the upper fibers of the trapezius). The fact that you experienced this pain when performing dips may seem confusing, but often we utilize the traps for support when straining...

Back and Neck Injury: odd pain, pain sensation, head rush
pain sensation, head rush, durnin: Hi Scott, I would make sure that high blood pressure isn t the cause, then orthostatic hypotension (head rush and dizziness with postural change). Going to the doctor for unusual manifestations is a good way to catch things before they become serious. If...

Back and Neck Injury: old bones, grating noise, lawrence gold
grating noise, lawrence gold, old bones: Dear Sarah, The best way to learn about somatics is to read the brief articles I have prepared to answer your question, at somatics.com. In brief, however, somatic training improves people s control of their own body in the ways that nature intended....

Back and Neck Injury: Am I out of options...., browser address window, l5 bulging disc
browser address window, l5 bulging disc, dull ache: Dear Lauren, You have more than one option. First, we look to the reason you needed Prozac. Emotional distress is virtually always accompanied by muscular tension (nervous tension). So that is part of the picture. I m referring you to an article at...

Back and Neck Injury: oxycodone for pain, public intoxication, ultram prescription
public intoxication, ultram prescription, pain medications: While this is more of a legal question than a question regarding injury, I will say that it does appear from your statements that the answer is yes. However, being charged with something does not make it true. Though I am not an attorney, I believe that...

Back and Neck Injury: PAIN IN UPPER BACK,MAINLY BETWEEN SHOULDER BLADES, bladder problem, gall bladder
bladder problem, gall bladder, upper torso: Rose: Thanks for writing! The back pain you are feeling is left over from the gall bladder problem. Even though the gall bladder was removed, the nerves and other control mechanism is still there. And needs to be adjusted. Go to www.sorsi.com or www.icak.com...

Back and Neck Injury: Back Pain, muscle knots, shoulder blade
muscle knots, shoulder blade, cold treatments: Dear Dax, The pain and loss of function you describe correspond to excessive muscular tension in the areas of pain. You re musclebound, in effect. The way out is not manipulation, medication or surgery, as muscular tension is controlled by your brain...

Back and Neck Injury: Pain after 2 back surgeries, reactive hyperemia, l4 l5
reactive hyperemia, l4 l5, nerve compression: Hi Liz, Pain is usually caused by inflammation or nerve compression, inflammation is aggravated by heat. Heat introduces a red, hot, swollen, irritated and inflamed environment with more of the same, Ice is usually preferred. In the case of nerve compression,...

Back and Neck Injury: Back Pain, muscle knots, shoulder blade
muscle knots, shoulder blade, cold treatments: Dax: Thanks for writing! I am sorry that you are in this condition, particularly after seeing a chiro as much as you did. It sounds to me like you have a deficiency of one of your organs in addition to the condition in your back. You should see...

Back and Neck Injury: Back Pain, pinched nerves, tight muscles
pinched nerves, tight muscles, lawrence gold: Pinched nerves usually come from tight muscles. Medication can t help with tight muscles, since muscles are controlled by learned patterns of tension and movement stored in the brain. Muscular tension habits must be unlearned through movement training....

Back and Neck Injury: Back Pain, pinched nerves, pain meds
pinched nerves, pain meds, pinched nerve: Coral: Thanks for writing! I do not have immediate access to my answer of yesterday so I will answer on the basis of this email. An MRI does not damage one and might show some relevant facts. It is usual to do an xray before the MRI but that dep;ends...

Back and Neck Injury: Back Pain, chiropractice, lateral side
chiropractice, lateral side, neuritis: Without a proper exam, I am just speculating, but this sounds like a neuritis. The nerve that supplies the area that is painful is being irritated. How is the question. Did any of the doctors that you went to direct attention to the ribs where they attach...

Back and Neck Injury: Back Pain 6 months after the accident, baseball game, medical doctors
baseball game, medical doctors, doctor didn: Hi Liz, You are a classic example of why people go to Chiropractors for these problems. Medical doctors are not equipped to handle these issues, so they blow you off with some Celebrex and give you a few session of P.T. Your low back pain is most definitely...

Back and Neck Injury: Back Pain, scoliosis of the spine, mild scoliosis
scoliosis of the spine, mild scoliosis, chiropractic treatments: It is probably both structural and muscular. When the structure of the body is altered (the bones), it pulls on muscles which causes spasms and that just pulled feeling. In my opinion you need two things, chiropractic and massage therapy. The chiropractic...

Back and Neck Injury: Back Pain, bone tumor, orthopedic tests
bone tumor, orthopedic tests, j shawn: Dear Natailya, Unfortunately, non specific back pain can be the result of many things from muscle, disk, bone, tumor, cyst, infection, fascial covering, ligaments, reproductive issues, etc... There is just too much to look at without a functional examination....

Back and Neck Injury: Pain in Back and Arms (both), thecal sac indentation, lumbosacral spine
thecal sac indentation, lumbosacral spine, facet joints: 1. no 2. L3 nerve root will mostly affect the front of the thigh and into the knee. 3. yes the hydration can be replenished but cause has to be addressed, which is a malposition of the vertebrae surrounding the disc. Misalignment will cause an imbalance...

Back and Neck Injury: Pain at the base of the neck, near shoulders, orthopedic exam, poor posture
orthopedic exam, poor posture, chiroweb: Hi Gerald, I wouldn t be concerned, these things usually come and go. If it is painful, put ice on it for 15 minutes every 3rd hour, this minimizes any inflammation. If it persists, go to your doctor and get an orthopedic exam. It might not be necessary...

Back and Neck Injury: Pain After Hammock Accident, upper back and neck pain, back and neck pain
upper back and neck pain, back and neck pain, x rays: Dear Gillian, Sorry about the lateness of this response, family emergency out of town. It is common complaint to have pain such as you are describing after a fall, but your chiropractor should have examined the are before adjusting you, and possibly...

Back and Neck Injury: Pain in lower back/sacrum, back exercises, st paul minnesota
back exercises, st paul minnesota, psoas muscle: Chiropractic would be a good choice. I can not give you a diagnosis without seeing you myself, but it sounds like you strained your Psoas muscle which could have popped a vertebrae or SI joint in the process. There are some sport chiropractors out there,...

Back and Neck Injury: Pain in Neck and Back, plate in my head, childhood accident
plate in my head, childhood accident, rubber band: OK. In brief, you need to retrain your control of your neck muscles, and that should be altogether sufficient to restore your comfort. Yes, it sounds like the playground accident was exactly what set your neck muscles into contraction. It s a brain-level...

Back and Neck Injury: Back Pain Relief, dave thanks, target
dave thanks, target, pain relief products: Dave: Thanks for writing! You do not say how old your daughter is or the part of her back that is the target of the surgery. Does she have pain down her legs? Please provide me with this information and I will suggest some things that might help...

Back and Neck Injury: Pain in Right Arm, pain in right arm, lawrence gold
pain in right arm, lawrence gold, tight muscles: Hi, Sonja, First of all, the technical term is crick in the neck. Nixon was a crook. Do you have him in your neck? All seriousness aside, when the nerves that go from your neck down your arm get trapped by tight muscles, you get the sensation you...

Back and Neck Injury: Pain in Shoulder/Back, pain tennis elbow, janet travell
pain tennis elbow, janet travell, neck and jaw pain: Dear Talya, Your symptoms are communion and is describes a condition known as called trigger points. trigger points are tiny contraction knots that develop in a muscle when it is injured or overworked. These knots tend to refer pain outward from their...

Back and Neck Injury: Pain when sitting or walking, acute abdomen appendicitis, internal medicine board
acute abdomen appendicitis, internal medicine board, pelvic inflammation: Yes Judy, it can cause this pain. It is doubtful the left leg pain with sciatic distribution is caused by the pelvic inflammation, but not the pelvic pain. I need to know your age, if you had an ultrasound of the ovaries, blood work and a bunch of other...

Back and Neck Injury: Pain in the sternum and back, sternum, starbuck
sternum, starbuck, xray: Without a proper exam I am only guessing, but it could be a rib out of alignment. It is simple to detect, but only by a trained doctor, mainly a chiropractor. I suggest seeking a chiropractic evaluation, there could be some other underlying factors. Dr....

Back and Neck Injury: Pain in my Throat/ side of Neck?Vagus Nerve or my Artery?, toggle recoil, cranial sutures
toggle recoil, cranial sutures, intense sensation: Christa: Thanks for writing! This could be any number of things, from a sacro iliac separation to a jamming of the cranial sutures or a bad tooth or root canal or a bone disconnected in your upper back getting in the way of the nerves as they are doing...

Back and Neck Injury: Pain, mckenzie institute, robin mckenzie
mckenzie institute, robin mckenzie, spine care: Dear Chazky, thank you for your question. Yes, I think exercises can help with your pain. 40% of my patients are between 70 and 90yrs old and we make a difference with exercises all the time. It is a little tricky, because we are dealing with a spine that...

Back and Neck Injury: Painful scapula/back pain, fractured femur, butt cheek
fractured femur, butt cheek, muscular contraction: Hi, Andrea, It sounds like you are experiencing two different patterns of reflexive muscular contraction, both the result of your injuries. Such reflexive contractions can persist indefinitely unless you recapture control of those muscles, which would...

Back and Neck Injury: Paralysis further to Epidural, enlarged aorta, nerve damage
enlarged aorta, nerve damage, mri scan: I can not give an exact answer, and I don t know exactly where the surgeries where performed on your fathers body, but if he has NO feeling and NO movement, that tells me that somehow a nerve was severed completely. I would ask the doctors about that. Beyond...

Back and Neck Injury: Past Surgery, facet joints, muscular contractions
facet joints, muscular contractions, nerve roots: Bob, Here s the germane question: Why did you need to have the disc removed? Before you answer, go to the underlying question: what caused that problem? Nearly all disc problems are caused by muscular contractions that pull neighboring vertebrae together,...

Back and Neck Injury: Percutaneous Nucleotomy, mohamad, starbuck
mohamad, starbuck, google: I was unsure of this procedure, so I searched it on google, I suggest you do the same. To me it sounds like an orthoscopic type procedure to correct disc herniation. Do a little research for yourself and if you have any other more specific questions, please...

Back and Neck Injury: Permanent Numbness in my back..., bicycle kick, spinal nerves
bicycle kick, spinal nerves, therapeutic exercises: If you are experiencing numbness, it means you have a problem with a nerve somewhere. You may have a bulging or herniated disc in your lower back that is compressing one of your spinal nerves. The only way to be sure is to have an MRI done. I would suggest...

Back and Neck Injury: PINCHED CERVICAL SPINE NERVE AND HEADACHES, pinched nerves, tension headaches
pinched nerves, tension headaches, neck bones: Maria: Thanks for writing! Yes, your tension headache can be a result of pinched nerves in your neck. It is a mechanical thing. The bones get in the way of the nerves trying to do their job and pain is a result. Motrin and other chemicals will never...

Back and Neck Injury: Pinched Nerve?, pinched nerve, leg pain
pinched nerve, leg pain, xrays: It could have been, but it also could have been the way you were sleeping or laying. Just like if you were to lay on your arm wrong and your hand goes to sleep, you could have been on your hip for too long and produced the sensation in you leg. But with...

Back and Neck Injury: Pinched Nerve?, fascia lata, lawrence gold
fascia lata, lawrence gold, psoas muscle: Briana, Worry, no. Act, yes. You may have had a spastic tensor fascia lata, a muscle that connects at the hip to tissue that runs down the side of the leg, to the knee. Or it may have been a pinched nerve in your low back. Either way, some retraining...

Back and Neck Injury: Pinched Nerve in back, nerve conduction test, pinched nerve
nerve conduction test, pinched nerve, poor circulation: Kathy: Thanks for writing! This is the standard story of modern medicine. Ineffective surgery and a damaged patient. If I was in your shoes and had to choose between an orthopedic guy and a neurologist, I would go to the neurologist. They are less...

Back and Neck Injury: Pinched nerve problem?, facial numbness, whiplash injuries
facial numbness, whiplash injuries, nerve problem: Dear Brenda, I all sounds related to muscular tensions set up in your neck at the time of the injury. Your symptoms can be relieved by recovering the ability to relax those muscles. The subject is discussed in more detail in the article on whiplash...

Back and Neck Injury: Pinched nerve, muscular contractions, pinched nerves
muscular contractions, pinched nerves, lawrence gold: James, I can t answer the question as you have asked it; not enough information on your special case. Most of the time, pinched nerves result from muscular contractions; sciatica is of this type. Please see more information on sciatica at somatics.com/conditions.htm....

Back and Neck Injury: Popping/ Clicking in Neck, displacment, dura mater
displacment, dura mater, expert input: Jay: Thanks for Writing! The clicking/popping sound is caused by a distortion of the dura mater. The dura mater (tough mother, translated from the Latin) is a very tough hose like structure that runs from the top of the head to the tailbone. It is a...

Back and Neck Injury: Popping in back & neck, deep tissue massage, thoracic spine
deep tissue massage, thoracic spine, tight muscles: I would look into some deep tissue massage, ask specifically for this, regular massage is not enough. I would also look into some chiropractic treatments to get what ever is out of alignment back to working order. Also some ultrasound and electric stimulation...

Back and Neck Injury: Post Surgery Problems, muscular contractions, collar bones
muscular contractions, collar bones, mylogram: Dear Judy, The only things that would put more pressure on the nerves when you use your arms is muscles. I still think that the nature of your problem is (and originally was) muscular, any degenerative changes resulting therefrom. See I article I...

Back and Neck Injury: Post-surgery neck pain, nerve entrapment, muscular contractions
nerve entrapment, muscular contractions, bone graft: Dear Ben, Muscular contractions are a common aftermath of surgery; it s the body s reaction to injury. Pain in the hip can easily lead to muscular contractions of the pelvis and low back -- which can lead to sciatic nerve entrapment and sciatica. ...

Back and Neck Injury: Posture/pain, upper back muscles, sitting posture
upper back muscles, sitting posture, proper posture: Tom, That kind of posture is usually NOT the result of weak back muscles, but of overly tight abdominal muscles and possibly neck muscles (in front), which pull you forward. To attempt to correct your posture without relaxing your frontal tension will...

Back and Neck Injury: BACK PROBLEMS, mckenzie institute, bending exercises
mckenzie institute, bending exercises, spinal stenosis: Hi Dave, thanks for your question. Spinal stenosis is a change in the spine due to lost disc space. The discs wear out and now the vertebrae (backbones are sitting closer together, making the spaces, where your nerves emerge, smaller. This makes it painful...

Back and Neck Injury: Pregnancy, car accident, and disk herniation, occupant kinematics, third pregnancy
occupant kinematics, third pregnancy, low back pain: Dear Alyssa, I believe this is definitely due to the crash. You had no problems before and these problems only came on after the collision. Forces generated in a high kinetic energy crash such as yours can easily kill a person, so herniating a disk is...

Back and Neck Injury: Pregnancy, car accident and herniated dick, somatic educator, muscular contraction
somatic educator, muscular contraction, lawrence gold: Hello, Alyssa, It s common for people to go into muscular contraction in reaction to an incident of the type you described. Sometimes, the contraction is strong enough to squeeze vertebrae together and cause discs to bulge. That may be the case, here....

Back and Neck Injury: Problem Abs, quadriceps muscles, hernia specialist
quadriceps muscles, hernia specialist, loose motions: Kalim: Thanks for writing! Yes, this is unusual. But it sounds to me like you have damaged your quadriceps muscles on both legs. It would be very helpful to get massage on these muscles, paying particular attention to the ends (origin and insertion)...

Back and Neck Injury: Problem Abs, hernia specialist, loose motions
hernia specialist, loose motions, five pointed star: Kalim, The first thing is to stop opening the door that way. You ve conditioned your muscles to go quickly into the kind of contraction that displaces your navel. The exercises your phyiotherapist are working to correct that conditioning, but the more...

Back and Neck Injury: Problem Abs, vertebral misalignment, hernia specialist
vertebral misalignment, hernia specialist, loose motions: To be totally honest, I have never heard of such a problem. It is hard to give you a direct answer without an exam and seeing it for myself. The only thing that comes to mind is spinal alignment. The nerves that exit from the spine to the areas of nausea...

Back and Neck Injury: pain, nerve root compression, cervical spondylosis
nerve root compression, cervical spondylosis, spinal canal: Hello, ANGIE. My name is: TOM. I Know what you mean! Really i do! I also have the SPONDYLOLATHESIS . I Have it in my lower lumbars. I can tell you that it is NOT Fun. I can also tell you that this type if disease will also have what is known as A ...

Back and Neck Injury: back pain, hip bones, large glass
hip bones, large glass, hip replacement: Neil: Thanks for writing! With a compressed disc, traction is always helpful. One could try laying face down on a bed or on the floor with a pillow just at the top of the front of the hip bones. Dr. Batmangehelidj recomends four pillows two under...

Back and Neck Injury: Back pain, kidney areas, whiplash injuries
kidney areas, whiplash injuries, lawrence gold: Dear Tammy, As to water, start with small amounts many times during the day. Without adequate water, it is very hard to lose weight. You may also need to modify your carbohydrate/fat/protein balance in your diet -- in the direction of less carbohydrate....

Back and Neck Injury: back pain, bad thoughts, reactive mind
bad thoughts, reactive mind, evil things: Freal: Ok! The mind affects the body and the body affects the mind. The two work and live and sleep together, one changing the other. It is a constant flow and interchange between the two. Examples of Bad Thoughts: Anger, hate, fear. And there is...

Back and Neck Injury: pain, low b12, thoracic spine
low b12, thoracic spine, daypro: Jenny: Yes, I would write all of this down to give to the doctor when you see them. It is very likely you can get disability, it depends on how your situation is written up by the doctor. This type of thing does tend to build over the years until...

Back and Neck Injury: back pain, lawrence gold, back muscles
lawrence gold, back muscles, buffalo ny: Jake, Tight back muscles get sore and lead to the desire to crack your back. You need to improve your control of the muscles to the degree of being able to relax them. Then, your comfort and flexibility will return. See somatics.com/page4.htm, for...

Back and Neck Injury: Back pain, lumbar spine, lumbar area
lumbar spine, lumbar area, shoulder blades: Lana: Thanks for writing! It is all related because it is all in the same body. Plus the spine is all one unit, because the covering over the spine runs all the way from the top of the head to the tailbone. And the spinal covering has attachments to...

Back and Neck Injury: pain, anterior thecal sac, disc herniation
anterior thecal sac, disc herniation, whiplash injuries: Tina, It means that muscles in your neck went into contraction and are compressing your discs, and yes, the pain probably comes from the tight muscles. See my article on whiplash injuries at somatics.com/page4.htm. with regard, Lawrence Gol...

Back and Neck Injury: back pain, vertebral subluxation, proper exercises
vertebral subluxation, proper exercises, dull ache: Without a proper exam, it s difficult to say exactly what the problem is. My best educated guess at this point would be that you either have a deep muscle strain and/or a vertebral subluxation (a bone out of place). This is very common, but unless you seek...

Back and Neck Injury: back pain, blade area, shoulder blade
blade area, shoulder blade, vertabrae: Well, what we need to do is get you to a manual physical therapist. Sounds like you can have a simple facet or vertebrae out of place, which would be simple to fix, or signs of Thoracic outlet syndrome in which case your first rib needs to be mobilized to...

Back and Neck Injury: back pain, thecal sac, signal abnormality
thecal sac, signal abnormality, disc spaces: Hi Joe! Thanks for writing! I doubt very much that this is normal wear and tear. How old are you? Second, how much water do you drink? The disc are very dependent on water in the area around them. They do not get enough blood to keep them wet. Do...

Back and Neck Injury: back pain, orthopedic doctor, disc replacement
orthopedic doctor, disc replacement, replacement technology: This situation is not a rush per-say. I would shop around. Call and meet with as many doctors as it take until you hear the treatment you want, call Neurosurgeons, Orthopedics, and Neurologist. There are a lot of advances in disc replacement, and each...

Back and Neck Injury: back pain, vertebral misalignment, chiropractor school
vertebral misalignment, chiropractor school, muscles of the back: Jessica, you should definitely go to a chiropractor. I have been treating symptoms like yours since I was in chiropractor school, I have coined the phase student syndrome to describe the symptoms. It is caused by very tight muscles as well as some vertebral...

Back and Neck Injury: back pain, poor posture, heavy backpack
poor posture, heavy backpack, home exercises: Dear Jessica, You have what I like to call, students back . Which is nothing more than poor posture and load bearing of the joints in the neck and upper back from overuse. I see this a lot in high school and college students, and it sometimes needs treatment,...

Back and Neck Injury: Back pain, short leg syndrome, hot water bottles
short leg syndrome, hot water bottles, aerobics exercises: Wow Adelha! I have seen several polyostotic arthropathies before and I haven t run across one that is hopeless. All the above term means is that many. or more than one, joints hurt. I think you better stop seeing doc in the box type physicians and see...

Back and Neck Injury: back pain, history of trauma, durnin
history of trauma, durnin, chiroweb: Keep working out Cory, just ice it down when your done. You ll feel much less soreness when you get up. Sleep on the floor the next couple days. if you wake up feeling good, you know it s your mattress. Usually, the stiffer the mattress the better, but...

Back and Neck Injury: back pain, lawrence gold, muscle fatigue
lawrence gold, muscle fatigue, back muscles: Hey, Cory, Most back problems are the result of tight back muscles. You sound like your row machine workouts have made you musclebound, there. That kind of exercise can condition you to get tighter and tighter. The pain is muscle fatigue from muscles...

Back and Neck Injury: back pain, clinical somatic education, muscle spams
clinical somatic education, muscle spams, conditioned reflexes: Dear Kay, Muscles spasms occur when conditioned reflexes -- generally from injury or stress -- take over control of your muscles and you lose the ability to relax. The heaviness of your legs may result from interference with nerve function by compression...

Back and Neck Injury: back pain, thecal sac, l5 s1
thecal sac, l5 s1, neural foramen: Hi Lisa, The annular tear does compound the problem. The disc is made up of several million fibers that hold together a gelatinous center. When this tears it causes pain and heals slowly. This should be given 3 months to heal and taking glucosamine sulfate...

Back and Neck Injury: Back pain, muscle spasm, tight muscles
muscle spasm, tight muscles, physcial therapy: Dear Dawn, The shock of injury is often sufficient to increase the resting tension level of muscles (this is a brain-level reflex). Tight muscles produce the kind of symptoms you are experiencing. Doctors don t look for this condition, although it...

Back and Neck Injury: back pain, chiroweb, durnin
chiroweb, durnin, dumbells: Hi Sultan, If it is a rib, then no, It won t be a clinical problem. If it is a mediastinal aggressive mass, then yes. One way to tell if it is serious, the pain will progressively get worse and usually the patient can t find a comfortable position,...

Back and Neck Injury: back pain, nerve root compression, gentle chiropractic
nerve root compression, gentle chiropractic, whiplash injuries: Hi Kanwal, If you are able to access a Chiropractor, Osteopath or even some medical physicians, flexion/distraction therapy is the answer. It is proven to decompress nerve root compression without surgery. This should be your first course of treatment....

Back and Neck Injury: back pain, facet injections, nerve root
facet injections, nerve root, pain meds: Dear Charmaine, Unfortunately, I hear this same story all the time. The medical approach to low back pain whether it be from a joint problem, disk problem, or nerve root problem is always the same...lets try physical therapy or pain meds, if that doesn...

Back and Neck Injury: back pain, thecal sac, bilateral foraminal narrowing
thecal sac, bilateral foraminal narrowing, facet disease: As I said in my first response, it s better to try to avoid surgery. The injury is only a few months old and may take longer to heal than you would prefer. However, I would recommend asking your primary physician about any possible surgical options if...

Back and Neck Injury: Back pain, extreme fatigue, back muscles
extreme fatigue, back muscles, cervical disc: Hi Anna, First and foremost get a new doctor. What he told you borders on negligence and in my view is criminal. If you told him what you told me, he is directly responsible for sending you to a neurologist. I have never met or examined you but still know...

Back and Neck Injury: back pain, legs and feet, durnin
legs and feet, durnin, proper resources: Hi Isabel, Numbness in your fingers has nothing to do with a herniated disc in your low back. It will effect your leg and foot. There is an easy way to fix that, check my prior posts dealing with herniated discs and it will direct you to the proper resources....

Back and Neck Injury: pain, nutritional supplementation, running a fever
nutritional supplementation, running a fever, valid questions: Dear Melissa, First of all, being in a car crash is a significant force and often people are in pain for years afterward. Having good and bad days is a common occurence, but increasing pain after adjustments is not common except for in the first few treatments....

Back and Neck Injury: Back pain, thecal sac, facet joint hypertrophy
thecal sac, facet joint hypertrophy, gravitational stress: Dear Maria, Your husband needs to be pursuing active treatment at this time. At 28 he is very young, but a sedentary desk job actually makes this problems worse because his work position actually increases the gravitational stress on the disks. He is...

Back and Neck Injury: back pain, pain during intercourse, lawrence gold
pain during intercourse, lawrence gold, madam: If your wife has back pain, it s probably because the muscles are tight and fatigued (sore). Treatment would consist of teaching her to relax those muscles, so she has better control of them. Please see articles on back pain at somatics.com/page4.htm....

Back and Neck Injury: back pain, weight training program, insertion point
weight training program, insertion point, muscle tension: Since you didn t mention any trauma, I would agree that the pain is from muscle being stressed. My recommendation would be two-fold. First, begin a light weight training program. This will strengthen the area and help fatigue the tight muscle. Second,...

Back and Neck Injury: back pain, nutritional counselor, herrington
nutritional counselor, herrington, dietician: Tamy: Thanks for writing! First, I would suggest a second opinion on the removal of the rods. I assume he has tried all of the drugs for pain. It might be time to look at some nutritional help. Perhaps a nutritional counselor, not a dietician, could...

Back and Neck Injury: back pain, muscle inflammation, airbag injury
muscle inflammation, airbag injury, corona ny: Hannah: Ok! I could not find one in the 14120 area, so I am sending all of them in New York. Are you near a state line? Dr. Rozeboom Vincent Esposito 3021 QUENTIN RD Brooklyn, NY 11234 718-627-1127 drespo7@aol.com 718-336-7950 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------...

Back and Neck Injury: back pain, muscle inflammation, lawrence gold
muscle inflammation, lawrence gold, airbag injury: Dear Hanna, It s probably not about your jaw, but about the shock of your car s airbags inflating and the blow you experienced. Your doctor has missed the neurological reaction to the injury -- recoil. Sounds like it s still persisting. Achiness is...

Back and Neck Injury: Back pain, disc bulges, stomach muscles
disc bulges, stomach muscles, tight muscles: Hi, Elaine, First clarification: muscles don t cause other muscles to tighten up; the brain causes muscles to tighten up. Your brain (not your thinking mind, by the way) controls your muscular system. Second: disc bulges are a common consequence of...

Back and Neck Injury: back pain ankle pain, s1 nerve root, l5 s1 disc
s1 nerve root, l5 s1 disc, l5 nerve root: Alex, The muscular reaction to injury is universal: muscular contractions. That alone can account for the pain in your back and buttocks -- with or without nerve damage (radiculopathy). As to your ankle, a phyiotherapist s examination is via movement,...

Back and Neck Injury: back pain and carrying of babies, reciprocal inhibition, lawrence gold
reciprocal inhibition, lawrence gold, back ache: Akosua, On further consideration, I believe I misunderstood your question. Carrying a baby on ones back would involve leaning somewhat forward to balance the center of gravity. Tight back muscles (the origin of most lumbar back pain), may relax somewhat...

Back and Neck Injury: Back pain after cracking back, mike thanks, knuckles
mike thanks, knuckles, icak: Mike: Thanks for writing! The twisting and cracking of your back that you did has nothing to do with your present pains. They would hve come on even if you did not crack your back. In fact, the fact that you felt the need to crack your back leads me...

Back and Neck Injury: back pain during the night, anti gravity machine, sporting goods store
anti gravity machine, sporting goods store, rowing machine: Adam: Thanks for writing! This sounds to me like the entire spine is collapsing, the top end is pulling toward the lower end and vice versa. This doesn t happen too often but when it does, it does not respond well to any type of treatment. I would...

Back and Neck Injury: Back pain after a fall, acute liver failure, hands and knees
acute liver failure, hands and knees, advil: Tara: Thanks for writing! Yes, a fall such as yours can bend the spine. And that can hurt. I am not sure what is meant by T1, but if that is Tylenol or Advil, I would not go above that number. Read the label for the maximum 24 hour dosage. Too many...

Back and Neck Injury: pain on left hand side of neck, muscle nerve, strained muscle
muscle nerve, strained muscle, left hand side: A chiropractor will help in general, but the discomfort will not miraculously disappear. It sounds like it is a strained muscle that keeps getting worse with working out, it could be due to improper form and excess working out without adequate recoop time....

Back and Neck Injury: pain on left hand side of neck, bicep exercises, nerve supply
bicep exercises, nerve supply, muscle nerve: Mark: Thanks for writing! Yes a chiropractor could help correct that. If it affects the biceps work, it sounds like it might be related to the nerve supply from the third Thoraic. That area would affect the muscles you are feeling. A good chiropractor...

Back and Neck Injury: pain-help me, disc herniation, durnin
disc herniation, durnin, dr timothy: Hi Nichole, I suggest you see a doctor, I can t do anything from here except advise people. I don t know your history, let alone other pertanant info. See a professional, at that point, I can be of more help. It sounds like multiple level disc herniation,...

Back and Neck Injury: pain down the leg, sciatica nerve, lower extremities
sciatica nerve, lower extremities, massage technique: Hello, JOHN OLIVER. My name is: TOM. I am very glad you wrote to me! I am also very excited for you both. I too, And my lovely wife are going to get the hopefully great news today!! We sure hope she is Pregnant:) NOW! Back to your Question. You are doing...

Back and Neck Injury: pain in lower of neck and shoulder, nerve root compression, arm numbness
nerve root compression, arm numbness, nerve irritation: Without a proper exam I am just speculating, but it sounds like you have some muscle issues causing some nerve irritation and the headaches. Never let anyone tell you that there is nothing that anybody can do, or that it is all in your head, if there is pain...

Back and Neck Injury: Back pain/Migraines, l5 s1, cranial sutures
l5 s1, cranial sutures, percocett: First, your xrays demonstrate normal aging in a very active individual that has had a very unstable spine, either from auto accident or other incidents involving the neck. As for the migraines, these could be cranial related. I am a chiropractor and have...

Back and Neck Injury: pain in middle toupper back between shoulder blades, muscular contractions, lawrence gold
muscular contractions, lawrence gold, movement education: Dear Tammy, Muscular contractions cause those sensations, as well as the cracking and stiffness of the neck. Such muscular contractions continue constantly until you gain control of the involved muscles -- a process accomplished by movement education....

Back and Neck Injury: pain in the neck, weight lifter, trapezius muscles
weight lifter, trapezius muscles, muscle components: I don t believe it is all muscle related. There are some muscle components, but the most likely reason for your neck hurting especially while bending is bony misalignment, or in my professional terms, a subluxation. I suggest seeing a chiropractor that offers...

Back and Neck Injury: back pain with pain in both legs, nerve pain, laminectomy
nerve pain, laminectomy, person to person: Like most things having to do with nerve pain, the results are different from person to person. An epidural is effective in significantly reducing pain for approximately 50% of patients. The effects of the injection tend to be temporary - providing relief...

Back and Neck Injury: back pain prevention, somatic exercises, lawrence gold
somatic exercises, lawrence gold, amateur boxer: Dear Floris, Here are answers, in order. 1) Embark on a program of conditioning that improves your ability to control (and to relax completely) your muscles. I do mean relax. The problem you are describing results from being musclebound. 2) Change...

Back and Neck Injury: back pain question, irritable bowl syndrome, case of the flu
irritable bowl syndrome, case of the flu, bladder infections: Natalie: Thanks for writing! It sounds to me like the covering over your brain and spinal cord is tightened down a great deal. This is a defensive action of the body. This situation will give you the symptoms you mention. The solution is to find a...

Back and Neck Injury: pain in r shoulder and in the middle of shoulder blades, lawrence gold, movement education
lawrence gold, movement education, shoulder blades: Edie Benoit, Sounds like you re musclebound and sore in the involved areas, as odd as these places may seem to be. Sounds like you need some training in control of the involved muscles so you can relax them and use them freely. See the article on...

Back and Neck Injury: Back pain after surgery, doing housework, slipping rib syndrome
doing housework, slipping rib syndrome, cartilage: Kristy: It seems to me that I have answered this question before. The short answer: quite focusing on fighting disease and start to focus on building your health. Nutrition, water intake, chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture, massage, exercise are...

Back and Neck Injury: Back pain after surgery, doing housework, slipping rib syndrome
doing housework, slipping rib syndrome, cartilage: I guess the big answer is yes, it does take a while to heal any kind of abdominal or rib cage surgery. The muscles that are located between each rib are working all the time to help you breath, which means they don t get a chance to rest and heal like you...

Back and Neck Injury: pain in traps and in neck, weight lifter, trapezius muscles
weight lifter, trapezius muscles, neck massage: For the answers to your questions, please see the article On Weight Training at somatics.com/page4.htm. Nothing a doctor can do will help with too much muscle tone; massage may provide some temporary relief. Basically, you ve got to retrain your muscular...

Back and Neck Injury: back pain (UK), hotel beds, beer barrels
hotel beds, beer barrels, pain killers: Tony, Sounds like you are muscle-bound in your back. You need to reset the resting tonus of those muscles to within the normal range -- a prospect involving a specific kind of self-training. Please see the articles on back pain at somatics.com/page4.htm....

Back and Neck Injury: back pain x-ray, l5 s1, anterolisthesis
l5 s1, anterolisthesis, disc height: Diana: Yes, you would be an ideal candidate for the artifical disc surgery. But nothing is going to work right unless you get your water intake to an acceptable level, get nutritional support for you cartilage system and clean out your liver. Dr. Rozeboom....

Back and Neck Injury: back pain, l4 l5, legs and heels
l4 l5, legs and heels, scar tissue: Hello, CARLOS. My name is: TOM. I feel for you my Friend! I really do. I ve been there already. BUT!! I ve found out how to get rid of the pain, But not by taking my pain pill s. I got past the pain pill s. It wasn t easy thoe! All i know as for the M.R.I,...

Back and Neck Injury: pains, finding a lawyer, restless sleep
finding a lawyer, restless sleep, diet pills: Victoria, I have a client who took hydroxycut and was hospitalized for 4 days, violently ill;your doctor needs to opine that the diet pill caused your symptoms. I hope ypu don t end up hospitalized. These cases are expensive to bring! what state are you in?...

Back and Neck Injury: paracentral lumbar disk herniation, efficacy rate, vertibra
efficacy rate, vertibra, post pond: I don t know what to say Mike, I ll let the evidence speak for itself, Google your procedure and you ll find over 90% of them totally unnecessary. This is because for 30+ years flexion/distraction has decompressed herniated discs of all shapes and sizes...

Back and Neck Injury: I passed out this morn, transient ischemic attack, worst case scenario
transient ischemic attack, worst case scenario, facial numbness: Dear Gertie, Not to alarm you, but anytime that you have symptoms like blurred vision, dizziness, falling, etc... these are mimicking stroke symptoms and need to be evaluated immediately. There is a lesser experience called a TIA (transient ischemic attack)...

Back and Neck Injury: patient with herniated disc, disk breakdown, wright nd
disk breakdown, wright nd, bulging disks: Dear Dr. Wright, There are some conditions that respond to nutritional approaches that affect body chemistry and there are others that do not. Bulding disks are one of those that do not. The reason? The problem is not a chemical problem, but a neuromuscular...

Back and Neck Injury: pinched nerve, tight neck muscles, nerve test
tight neck muscles, nerve test, nerve pinch: What you have described sounds typical of a pinched nerve. Anti-inflammatory meds are not useful, as they do not relieve the nerve pinch, which is usually of muscular origin. I would check the mucles of his neck for heightened tension, as that is from...

Back and Neck Injury: pinched nerve in back, cox 2 inhibitor, lawrence gold
cox 2 inhibitor, lawrence gold, aspirin therapy: Since you re working on better posture and movement, I would recommend you obtain self-care instruction from somatics.com. NSAIDs mask the pain but do not stop the process that is causing it. If you want further recommendation, contact me at awareness@somatics.com....

Back and Neck Injury: pinched nerves in the neck, pinched nerves in the neck, nerves in the neck
pinched nerves in the neck, nerves in the neck, neck and shoulder pain: As for the chiropractic, not all chiropractic is the same. Some chiropractors do different techniques and get different results. The reason the shot helped is because there is significant inflammation to that area, what needs done to find the cause of the...

Back and Neck Injury: plain answer regarding my recent mylogram, lumbar spondylosis, disc bulge
lumbar spondylosis, disc bulge, nerve irritation: I would have to view the xrays myself, but by your explanation, I don t believe surgery is necessary, yet. I am a chiropractor and have treated or help treat many people with similar symptoms. I suggest talking with a chiropractor, going over your xrays...

Back and Neck Injury: please help, ear canals, bones of the skull
ear canals, bones of the skull, tight muscles: Helen: Thanks for writing! Indeed, this is an unfortunate set of symtoms! The ENT is right. It very likely has to do with your jaw. The jaw bone hooks directly into the ear bone and when the two are out of whack, symtoms such as you are having are...

Back and Neck Injury: please help, nerve plexus, lawrence gold
nerve plexus, lawrence gold, muscular contractions: Annette, Your follow-up question leads me to suspect that you have a nerve plexus in your neck trapped under tight muscles. The answer is to learn to relax those muscles. Usually, special training in muscular control is involved. May I suggest you...

Back and Neck Injury: please help me, spinal cord compression, rain hail
spinal cord compression, rain hail, true brain: Marj: Thanks for writing! This is indeed a terrible pain. It is caused by a tension in your dura mater, the covering over your brain and spinal cord. It is a nerve pain. This is very similiar to the type of pain that would be produced if one was being...

Back and Neck Injury: Can you please tell what causes this?, cyst on the liver, barium swallow
cyst on the liver, barium swallow, good starting point: Dear Helen, You ve given me a clue about your situation with your description of your breathing. I would say that a good starting point would be to normalize your breathing patterns. There may be several things going on, from abnormal breathing (chest...

Back and Neck Injury: My poor dad, petit mal epilepsy, petit mal seizures
petit mal epilepsy, petit mal seizures, head bones: Laura: You are welcome! In my comment you refer to, I am making the point that the human being is more than a body. They are a spirit, a soul, a thetan. Whateve name you want to call it. And that essence of them is eternal. This essence, the spirit itself,...

Back and Neck Injury: popping in neck after automobile accident, whiplash injuries, muscular contractions
whiplash injuries, muscular contractions, lawrence gold: It s possible, but the muscular contractions that form in the neck during such an incident are sufficient to account for his popping, without more of an injury being present. Please see my article on whiplash injuries at somatics.com/page4.htm. with...

Back and Neck Injury: popping in neck and numbness in toe, numbness in toe, proper manipulation
numbness in toe, proper manipulation, back of my neck: Michelle: Thanks for Writing! The popping in the back of your neck with up or down movement indicates a tension in the spinal cord as a whole. The tingly in your toes indicates that this tension has gone all the way down to your low back and is affecting...

Back and Neck Injury: popping in neck, tight neck muscles, displacment
tight neck muscles, displacment, dura mater: Bryan: Ok! Thanks for writing! I have been at a family reunion and have not been able to get to my email till now. To find a good chiropractor, go to these websites. www.sorsi.com, www.icak.com and www.soto-usa.com. The last one has some good chiropractors...

Back and Neck Injury: popping sounds in neck, nerve roots, bulging disk
nerve roots, bulging disk, balance problem: Dear Trevor, Yes, I do think you should find a different chiropractor. I can t believe that with your history of trauma and the dizziness, CT findings etc.. that the chiropractor is only trying to work on your low back. That isn t even your area of complaint....

Back and Neck Injury: posible confusion, disc herniation, nerve pinch
disc herniation, nerve pinch, lawrence gold: Tina, A damaged nerve can t be fixed , but nerves sometimes regenerate (heal) by themselves. It s important to distinguish between nerve damage and nerve pinch, which causes similar symptoms. More than that, I am not qualified to say. with regard,...

Back and Neck Injury: possible disc problem after accident, facet syndrome, fractured ribs
facet syndrome, fractured ribs, durnin: Hi Chesea, Many things like facet damage causing a facet syndrome will not be evident on MRI, I would see a Chiropractor for a thorough work-up to rule out other possible issue that don t show up on MRI. A headache is certainly real and won t show up on...

Back and Neck Injury: possible neck surgery, flexion distraction, internal medicine doctor
flexion distraction, internal medicine doctor, prilosec otc: Hi Steve, Any Dr. that would suggest surgery for a disc bulge should be in prison. This is not the cause of your chest pain, see an Internal Medicine doctor and get a Cardio-vascular, pulmonary work-up. Then find a D.C. in your area that does F/D,...

Back and Neck Injury: possible pinched nerve?, hairline fractures, lateral elbow
hairline fractures, lateral elbow, muscle spasm: There are many possibilities of what could be causing your discomfort, and without examining you myself, i am just speculating. All of the habits you mentioned, sleeping, stress, posture, could be causing the symptoms. There could be some bony misalignment...

Back and Neck Injury: possible rib tendon pull, poor blood supply, castor oil packs
poor blood supply, castor oil packs, rib cartilage: Hi Randy, Pulled, damaged, red, hot, swollen, irritated and inflamed areas of connective tissue do not respond well to heat. Your Camp doctor was grossly in error to suggest heat on an acute rib injury. Ice will minimize the above and add the benefits of...

Back and Neck Injury: Is this possible?, flank area, displaced rib
flank area, displaced rib, ilio psoas: Kimberly: Thanks for writing! Yes, this is possible. It occurs most often when a body is doing things like motorcycle jumps or riding a boat on a real choppy sea. But there are vestiges of it in just about anybody. It usually occurs most markedly...

Back and Neck Injury: pressure in head, deep tissue massage, neurological signals
deep tissue massage, neurological signals, muscle spasm: Dear Maria, If the adjustments seem to make the pressure worse, and the acupuncture is helping, then you likley have a muscle component to the problem that needs to be addressed. If there are muscle imbalances or tight fibers on one side of the neck,...

Back and Neck Injury: Back problem, thecal sac, facet joint hypertrophy
thecal sac, facet joint hypertrophy, muscular stress: Hi, Maria, The problem with sitting at a computer all day at a high level of attention and with little movement is that it s the formula for setting up muscular stress patterns. This condition is known, in other parlance, as nervous tension. Muscular...

Back and Neck Injury: my problem, left arm pain, altaf hussain
left arm pain, altaf hussain, spasam: Zafar: Ok, I put out a request for a doctor in Pakistan but so far have not received any replies. I do not recomend surgery, at this time. What you need is a doctor or bonesetter who will use their hands to mechanically arrange the bones in you back...

Back and Neck Injury: back problems, lawrence gold, muscular tension
lawrence gold, muscular tension, muscle fatigue: Hi, N. Most of the symptoms you describe may originate from muscular tension and muscle fatigue -- including the headaches (but not the fevers or weight loss). (Please see the article at somatics.com/headaches.htm.) Typical efforts at managing muscular...

Back and Neck Injury: Back problems, lawrence gold, tight muscles
lawrence gold, tight muscles, movement education: Andreas, The sensations you describe usual come from tight muscles, incapable of relaxing due to conditioning. They re tight on autopilot. You need to take control of those muscles through movements that directly involve them in both tighening and...

Back and Neck Injury: back problems, back spasm, back muscles
back spasm, back muscles, postural changes: Dear Lisa, Your condition is a typical pattern of back spasm. Your back muscles are musclebound and the only way out is to reclaim your control of those muscles. You have to relearn to relax them. Your postural changes are the result because bones...

Back and Neck Injury: Back problems, facet arthritis, epidural fibrosis
facet arthritis, epidural fibrosis, impingment: Sorry, but I can not give you a prognosis without a proper exam and treatment regimen. As for options, I would seek chiropractic care. Yes I am biased, but I also know what works. The problems you have explained here affect more than just bone and nerves,...

Back and Neck Injury: Back problems, central canal stenosis, foraminal stenosis
central canal stenosis, foraminal stenosis, stretching exercises: Central canal stenosis means that the open area in the center of the vertebra is getting more narrow. This is where your spinal cord runs through the vertebra. Severe narrowing of the lateral recess and bilateral moderate foraminal stenosis means that...

Back and Neck Injury: Back problems causing dumbness, lawrence gold, internal organs
lawrence gold, internal organs, somatic education: Barb, Sounds like nerve impingements. Surprised that MRT and CT didn t show that. Perhaps the doctors were all looking for something affecting your internal organs. The severe pain was probably muscular, compressing your spine. If that s what it...

Back and Neck Injury: back problems, gentle exercise, water tap
gentle exercise, water tap, chiropractic adjustments: Christy: Thanks for writing! Deteriorating disc are always a problem, but they come on so slowly that many times they are not noticed until they are real bad. What kind of doctor told you that the disc were degenerating? If it is not a chiropractor,...

Back and Neck Injury: Back probs, lawrence gold, tight muscles
lawrence gold, tight muscles, chiropractic adjustments: Nicola, Muscles can get conditioned to stay too tight and that can cause pain and joint locking. Exercise can make tight muscles tighter, and sometimes chiropractic adjustments cause muscles to tighten reflexively. There is a way to bring muscles...

Back and Neck Injury: prolapsed disc, co codomol, cocyx
co codomol, cocyx, college lecturer: Without a proper exam I am just speculating, but it sounds like the bulge in the disc is causing a lot of your problems. If a surgeon told you he won t operate, it must not be that bad of a disc. I would have to see the MRI to make a more accurate diagnosis....

Back and Neck Injury: pulled muscle in back, vertebral misalignment, exact diagnosis
vertebral misalignment, exact diagnosis, nerve irritation: I can not give you an exact diagnosis without proper tests, but it sounds like you pulled a muscle, which in turn could have caused some misalignment in you vertebrae causing some nerve irritation causing the symptoms you are experiencing. My suggestions...

Back and Neck Injury: punched in the head, broken ear, ear drum
broken ear, ear drum, worker comp: Brenda: Thanks for writing! Very likely your neck was injured. The head weighs about 8 to 10 pounds but when a big guy hits it with his fist, it will move. And the neck has to stop that movement before he head comes off! Stopping 8 to 10 pounds when...

Back and Neck Injury: Quad with extreme arm pain, spinal cord injuries, c4 c5
spinal cord injuries, c4 c5, nerve pain: First, I would suggest that the physicians do a scan of his neck to rule out any secondary problems such as a syrinx that can cause the pain. I say this because the pain is a new change in his condition. One of the most difficult things about spinal cord...

Back and Neck Injury: Question about MRI, clinical correlation, tornwaldt cyst
clinical correlation, tornwaldt cyst, degenerative changes: It is easier to explain in person, and the doctor that ordered the MRI or the Radiologist that did it should have explained this to you. C5-6 area findings mean that there is probably a bony growth on the disc that is causing the spinal cord to be narrowed....

Back and Neck Injury: Question about pinched nerve?? Well possile pinched nerve??!?!, neck muscle tension, pinched nerve symptoms
neck muscle tension, pinched nerve symptoms, pinched nerve in the neck: Tammy, It does sound just like a pinched nerve in your neck, and it won t cripple you, but you would do well to deal with it soon. It s not a surgical situation; the most common cause of pinched nerves is overtight muscles. You have to retrain yourself...

Back and Neck Injury: Questions Regarding MRI Reports..., paracentral disc protrusion, neuroforaminal narrowing
paracentral disc protrusion, neuroforaminal narrowing, spinal fusion surgery: Dear Dena, Interpreting MRI reports is not my specialty; however, tingling and numbness generally indicate pressure on the nerve tracts that go to the areas of tingling and numbness. Disc problems are commonly the result of excessive muscular tension...

Back and Neck Injury: Questions regarding symptoms and MRI Reports, paracentral disc protrusion, neuroforaminal narrowing
paracentral disc protrusion, neuroforaminal narrowing, spinal fusion surgery: Although I am not a physician, I can tell you that the good news here is that your neural foramina and canal dimensions are normal. The disc protrusion deforming the ventral cord is more than likely the issue. The ventral cord is the ridge of gray matter...

Back and Neck Injury: Questions about thoracic MRI reports., paracentral disc protrusion, neuroforaminal narrowing
paracentral disc protrusion, neuroforaminal narrowing, spinal fusion surgery: Hi Dena, I am not quit sure what this means, I do understand that you may not be able to answer my questions since they are regarding the thoracic spine Why wouldn t any expert on spine not be able to answer this? You are correct, the disc is...

Back and Neck Injury: question about c2 of the spine, c2 fracture, spinal cord injury
c2 fracture, spinal cord injury, high blood pressure: These are not tests but I can tell you what each word means. Arterial means having to do with the arteries which are the blood vessels that carry the blood away from the heart. Peripheral means something that is on the outer edge, not in the central...

Back and Neck Injury: another question i am wondering about, perfect posture, lift weights
perfect posture, lift weights, lower back pain: Hi Ben, The muscle spasm is a direct result of its nerve supply being compressed. The spasm happens as a result of another underlying issue. This is probably a herniated disc in the lower lumbar region. Many people can have nerve root compression and not...

Back and Neck Injury: R-side neck/shoulder/arm/hand burning pain, grand mal seizure, duragesic pain patch
grand mal seizure, duragesic pain patch, palm beach gardens: I am hoping that SWFL means Southwest Florida. I am a member of a special group of chiropractors that specialize in craniopathy, we deal with skull related problems such as yours. And it sounds like you are sick of medicine doing nothing. Go to www.sorsi.com...

Back and Neck Injury: Re: Chronic Pain SCIATICA, Please help!!, answer area, wasim
answer area, wasim, sciatica: I can do a healing for you with my angels through internet chat or phone. I have clients world wide from spain to singapore to UK to Brazil and Canada. You can find me at www.kasamba.com- my name there is EyeWatcher. Love and Light and Hope To See You...

Back and Neck Injury: Really not sure if I need to see a Dr., black bruise, ligament tears
black bruise, ligament tears, chiropractic physician: Dear Kari, You definitely need to have this checked out. It is very possible that you could have fractured part of your vertebra from the fall, torn ligaments in the spine, or even herniated a disk. (all of your body weight falling on a hard pointed surface...

Back and Neck Injury: Recent MRI Findings, thecal sac, transitional vertebrae
thecal sac, transitional vertebrae, extra vertebrae: You are not supposed to understand what a doctor writes, they should be explaining your results to you. I question why your doctor has not explained it, and if they have, why they didn t explain it more clearly. A transitional vertebrae means there is...

Back and Neck Injury: Recovery from Fractured Neck, j shawn, contact sports
j shawn, contact sports, vertebrae: Dear Ben, This is a very easy question to answer, although it might not be what you were expecting: If he has been medically cleared from his treating physician, then he is fine to work! Bottom line...if the fracture is healed and there is no residual...

Back and Neck Injury: Recuring Pain from cracked ribs...years ago, cracked ribs, definite answers
cracked ribs, definite answers, hairline: I can not give you an exact answer because there isn t one. Every body heals at different rates and in different patterns. Your body could have healed very different from normal and that is the popping you are hearing. There could be some malpositioning...

Back and Neck Injury: Recuring Pain from cracked ribs...years ago, scar tissue formation, hairline fracture
scar tissue formation, hairline fracture, cracked ribs: Dear Johnny, The hairline fracture that you speak of healed a long time ago, but the popping that you continue to experience is actually in the cartilage and ligament structures that help to hold the connection of the ribs to the vertebra and sternum, as...

Back and Neck Injury: Recuring Pain from cracked ribs...years ago, cracked ribs, bone tissue
cracked ribs, bone tissue, hairline: Old injuries can act up as we age. Most fractures never recover to their full pre-injury level of function. The replacement bone tissue is about 80-85% as strong as the original. I ve had broken ribs in the past (over 12 years ago) and I can assure...

Back and Neck Injury: Reinjured An Injury?, vertebral misalignment, muscle strain
vertebral misalignment, muscle strain, heating pad: If you didn t know, I am a Chiropractor. I suggest strongly see a chiropractor, I am biased, but with my education, I believe it is your best option. You very likely have some vertebral misalignment which in turn causes muscle strain and cramping. Medicines...

Back and Neck Injury: Back Relief, monroe community college, muscle tension
monroe community college, muscle tension, chiropractic treatments: There are many types of massage; deep tissue, myofacial, rolfing, reiki, relaxing; and all have a specific techniques to follow, but the similarity between them all is that they are primarily used to remove connective tissue adhesions. I have not witnessed...

Back and Neck Injury: Reptured Disk, clinical somatic education, lawrence gold
clinical somatic education, lawrence gold, methylpred: Dear Pearlie, Please see the articles on back pain at somatics.com/page4.htm for detailed answers to your questions. In brief, it is my experience that ruptured (not herniated) discs are a surgical situation that can be helped post-surgically by somatic...

Back and Neck Injury: Request your opinion on an injury, hand to hand combat, initial trauma
hand to hand combat, initial trauma, lower back pain: Dear Chris, Obviously the neck injury was a direct result form the fall while at the demonstration, but the low back is hard to link. The initial trauma to the neck could have masked injury to the low back, but this is not usually the case, as you are...

Back and Neck Injury: Reverse Lordosis of the Cervical Spine, high school football, cervical spine
high school football, cervical spine, convex side: Although I m not a physician, I can tell you that lordosis is a medical term used to describe an inward curvature of a portion of the vertebral column. Two segments of the vertebral column, namely cervical (neck) and lumbar (lower back), are normally lordotic....

Back and Neck Injury: Rib pain, bad posture, muscle strains
bad posture, muscle strains, rib pain: I don t believe it is due to slouching, but without a complete exam it s hard to give you an accurate answer. It sounds to me like muscle strains, or even rib subluxations which means the rib isn t moving like it is supposed to, and it is causing and irritation...

Back and Neck Injury: Rib resection, rib resection, conservative care
rib resection, conservative care, risky surgery: Kristy: Thanks for writing! Any surgery is risky. Anytime one cuts thru the main defense of the body--the skin--one has invaded the body. You do not go into why you must have your 10th rib completely removed. Many times, a surgeon will remove a rib...

Back and Neck Injury: Right shoulder tightness and excessive neck cracking, tight muscles, lawrence gold
tight muscles, lawrence gold, poor posture: Hello, Rachel, Tight muscles account for your problems. You re musclebound there and the muscles are tired. Poor posture also comes from tight muscles (bones go where muscles pull them). You can t successfully stretch out a muscle or adjust vertebrae...

Back and Neck Injury: Rugby Injury, lumbar hnp, vital organs
lumbar hnp, vital organs, desk job: Hi Chris, This is one of the easiest injuries to repair, using towel traction, the disc is easily decompressed forming a vacuum drawing the material back in place in a matter of a few weeks at 3X/week. Expect complete repair in 6 weeks. Find a competent...

Back and Neck Injury: Ruptured Disk, bending exercises, lawrence gold
bending exercises, lawrence gold, degenerative spinal disease: Dr. Basmajian s exercises are harmless and can help with lower back pain. You should not refrain from bending, but do movements slowly and with attention to the sensations. If your pain increases, stop. However, I think you need a bit more sophisticated...

Back and Neck Injury: Ruptured disc, spine surgery, cervical spine
spine surgery, cervical spine, stretching exercises: Although I am not a physician or neurosurgeon, I can tell you that PT and slow stretching exercises are very beneficial. These exercises keep the muscles relaxed in the affected area and thereby relieve additional pain caused by the muscles contracting to...

Back and Neck Injury: re your 6/28 answer re numbness on top of foot, proximal fibula, motor nerves
proximal fibula, motor nerves, skin sensation: Hi Jean, I don t suspect L5 as a source if the onset of foot drop correlates to the heavy shoes. Rather, I suspect the entrapment in the ankle, not the proximal fibula or low back. This is difficult to pin down without direct physical examination. I am...

Back and Neck Injury: re; neck injury, pins and needles, nerve root impingement
pins and needles, nerve root impingement, fractured collarbone: Hi Deborah, Unfortunately, your case is typical. The medical system is not set up for these conditions. They will end up creating another drug dependent individual with fixing anything. The fact that you don t have insurance can work in your advantage....

Back and Neck Injury: re: neck problem, cervical curve, bulging disks
cervical curve, bulging disks, hi art: Hi Art, You should of had a MRI sooner then you soon to prevent that straightening form happening with extensive psychical therapy. I can do a healign for you on the bulging disks- inflamed tissue. I can sincerely halp you. I have clients worl wide...

Back and Neck Injury: can you read my MRI, gentle technique, st paul minnesota
gentle technique, st paul minnesota, disc bulges: Chiropractic helps with relieving the symptoms of disc bulges. My office treats many cases similar to yours. The disc may not be the problem, with the bulging of the disc comes misalignment of the vertebrae which in turn can cause muscle spasms which can...

Back and Neck Injury: can you read my MRI?, nerve roots, whiplash injuries
nerve roots, whiplash injuries, lawrence gold: John, It s pretty straight-forward. Your fall sent your neck and back muscles into spasm (fixated contraction) and that pulls the vertebrae together, squeezing the discs, which bulge. If your feet get numb, nerve roots are being squeezed. You need...

Back and Neck Injury: was reading other post and found something interesting, spine research, ringing in my ears
spine research, ringing in my ears, ringing in the ears: Dear Tonya, Yes the symptoms you have described can be from the crash. The loss of balance, ringing in the ears, tingling into the arms, etc... these are all findings that have been associated with rear impact vectored collisions. Please check the spine...

Back and Neck Injury: ready for work again?, lower back pain, disc problems
lower back pain, disc problems, physiotherapist: Actually, standing is better for you than sitting when it comes to disc problems. The most pressure placed on the discs is in a seated position. I would say it was OK to return to work, you just have to be cautious about bending over to observe your pupils....

Back and Neck Injury: The real story about my T12/L1 injury, muscular contractions, hitting a baseball
muscular contractions, hitting a baseball, pool therapy: Hi, Milton. What s wrong is that you have chronic Trauma Reflex activity -- muscular contractions set into action by the pain and shock of your injuries. Please read my article, Completing Your Recovery from an Injury at somatics.com/page4b.htm -- or...

Back and Neck Injury: recovery from C1 fracture, range of motion exercises, rehab program
range of motion exercises, rehab program, c1 fracture: Dear Patricia, The first thing you want to do is get out of that soft collar as soon as possible and begin rehab for increased mobility in the neck, muscular strength, and functional capacity. Concerning a time frame for getting out of the collar, you...

Back and Neck Injury: no relief after 5 months, types of muscles, ultrasound therapy
types of muscles, ultrasound therapy, pain meds: Dear Amy, Well, this is normal..unfortunately...the medical professionals you have been treated by have completely missed the boat on this, and you should have been going to a chiropractic physician for the entire time...not a physical therapist, and drugs/TENS...

Back and Neck Injury: remove hardware?, spinal fixation system, pedicle screws
spinal fixation system, pedicle screws, milogram: Bobbi: Regretably, I am a doctor of physical therapy and I really have no expertise in the area of surgeries. I do know that once your physical makeup of the spine has been altered, you should best heed the advice of the people who altered it, since they...

Back and Neck Injury: reply and request, michael freeman, j shawn
michael freeman, j shawn, e mail: Dear Pamela, I will get that article forwarded to your e-mail immediately. Hope everything works out well for you. If you need any other follow-up information, please feel free to write back. Respectfully, Dr. J. Shawn Leatherman www.suncoasthealthcare.ne...

Back and Neck Injury: results of minor accident, lower back muscles, disk protrusion
lower back muscles, disk protrusion, auto body shop: Dear Pamela, YES, YES, YES, you are absolutely correct that a small damage impact can produce very serious injuries in the occupant of the car that has been hit. The at fault party s insurance company is completely wrong and they know it...the research...

Back and Neck Injury: results recent MRI on lumbar spinal chord area, facet joint pain, ligamentum flavum
facet joint pain, ligamentum flavum, lawrence gold: From your description, I don t know that inflammation of the spinal cord is a factor in the situation. Bulging discs usually indicate excessive tension in the muscles that span the vertebrae, pulling them closer together and compressing the discs, hence...

Back and Neck Injury: back/rib injury, musculoskeletal injury, chiropractic physician
musculoskeletal injury, chiropractic physician, waist line: Dear Jerry, When you have an impact and there is not only pain but also noise from the tissue that can be reproduced with motion a few immediate causes come to mind...full thickness muscle or tendon tear, which is rare in the lower back; a fracture of the...