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Neck muscle spasms from straightened neck

amyabaamyab Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:47 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hi, my name is Amy, and I am new to this site.

I was diagnosed with a "straight neck" and muscle spasms from that about a month and a half ago. I have been going to physical therapy for about a month (all that insurance will cover) and it has helped somewhat. It hasn't helped tremendously but it did some, and then three nights ago, I was in a lot of pain. I called my doc on call 'cause it was so bad. He sent me to the ER and they gave me Vicodin, and then today I went to the physicians assistant in his practice who gave me Prednisone, ordered a MRI of my neck and recommended spinal decomperession. I went to a different chiropractor for one visit whose office said over the phone that said they had spinal decompression but then once there they said they didn't offer that. I am going to try to get to the one that the physician's assistant recommended.

I would like to go to massage too but if I have to pay out of pocket if my insurance doesn't cover then I won't be able to. I can only afford so much.

What has helped others with "straight neck" and muscle spasms? I am not looking for medical advice just experiences and what has helped others. I hope that is okay.




  • Welcome to Spine-Health!! You might find more answers to your question if you use the search box at the top of this web page. :)

    As for 'straight neck', it is called "lack of lordosis" or "curve" = straight neck. I've had the jet straight neck for almost 20 years! What worked well for me was gentle stretching and head rotations. To picture it, I would take my hand over the top of my head until I was touching my ear. I would then *gently* pull my head towards that arms shoulder. Then I would do it the other side. I started with just a few, and increased over time. I would also tilt my head gently fore and aft, and then gentle head rotations.

    I also included heat and ice. Up until a few years ago, I had no bothersome disk issues, and incorporated some chiropractic care in there for manipulation to loosen my neck up as well. I hope that helps. Again, welcome to the site!! :)

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Welcome to Spine Health Amy,

    Sorry that your in pain. It is not fun.

    Did you get the results from the MRI?

    Did the PA- reffer specifically to non-surgical spinal decompression (traction)? For me that was attempted in PT. My insurance doesn't pay for Chiros to do anything but manipulations and I don't let them do that any more.

    Be very careful with the Chiro. I hope the steroids help. They are a good place to start?

    Good luck,

  • Hi Amy.....I had the exact same diagnosis (lack of curve in my spine). My family doctor discovered it in an xray 10 years ago when I was in when severe pain in my right shoulder blade and arm. After a lot of PT and no relief, my physical therapist suggested we try traction. Oh my gosh, it was like someone flipped a light switch and I was so much better within hours. It loosened me up just enough to release pressure on a nerve that had been compressed for months. Wished I had tried it sooner. I would definitely go with the treatment from a reputable physical therapy group if it were me. I know a lot of people trust and use chiropractors, but I never went that route and it was never suggested to me either.

    Good luck to you.
  • Anyone have luck of getting corrected without surgery?
    Dani Rae
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