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micklp66mmicklp66 Posts: 72
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:41 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
i read most of the posts on the board, so many of us with neck problems-eventually end up with shoulder problems... and a handfull of us with torn rotator cuffs,, something interesting..


  • The body is a finely tuned instrument. When spine problems begin, it usually upsets the harmony in the rest of the spine, and results in other areas of pain or injury.

    Many lumbar patients end up with plantar fasciitis or bad knees.

    This is one reason postural alignment and good body mechanics are so important, especially after surgery.
  • I read that shoulder problems, such as adhesive capsule/frozen shoulder (very painful), develope quite frequently after cervical & shoulder surgery. It sometimes just can't be avoided because your bodys' natural defense mechanism wanting to "guard" (eg shrugging shoulders & tension) around the area of encroachment (incision area). "Poor posture" developes, therefore affecting muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves, fibers, blood flow, oxygen, etc. They are mad from the invasion & are trying to work their way back home. I didn't know any of this until after surgery, so I ended up having complications with shoulder area, because lack of knowledge. It added almost an entire year to my recovery. A cortisone injection made a huge improvement, (after 9 mos post-op)along with proper stretching of the neck & shoulder region.
    Take care all

    04/09 Posterior Cervical Foraminotomy C5-6 & C6-7
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,842
    your body starts to wear down, and wear down faster than people who have not have spinal surgery.

    When you have some type of spinal surgery, you are left with a level of restriction or limitation.
    That alone can and will place stress on another part of your body. Unless you continue to exercise, stretch, etc, you become a good candidate for other problems. Even by doing all the right things, something can happen.

    I dont think there is anything that you can proedict or pinpoint. Problems stemming out of favoring one body part, the afgter math of surgeries, etc

    We all just need to be prepared on how to deal with all of this...
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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