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neck problems after back problems

neurodudenneurodude Posts: 7
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:02 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
So I messed up my back about 9 months ago from picking up a table and/or stretching too far. I received physical therapy and saw a chiropractor for a few sessions and was much much better. Basically they said my back was a little out of alignment so I just needed re-adjusted from the chiropractor and do some exercises to make sure my back return to it's bad state. (previously it just felt 'off' and i would get pain anytime i did physical activity')

This was great for a few weeks and I stopped doing my exercises because i thought I was all better. Then all of a sudden I started having neck problems.

Now, I'm not sure if this is related to my back so I was wondering what you guys think. I was laying in my bed sort of awkwardly and I felt a strain on my neck. The next day, I had a neck strain. It lasted about a week. This was about 3 months ago. But ever since then, my neck has been bothering me on and off being in a mild strain (mild pain, loss of flexibility). For about a month the pain has pretty much gone away, but the loss of flexibility is still there and does not seem to be improving. It sort of gets more tight when I stretch so I'm not sure if stretching my neck is good or if I should be as still as possible to heal. I also feel a slight clicking noise in the back of my neck when I turn my head that wasnt there before.

The part the really worries me is my last chiropractor session, when he adjusted my neck, it felt a little different. And ever since then when I bend my neck to the left, I feel a little pop that wasnt there before. I probably should have told him this right away but I was too happy my back was fixed. However, I didnt have the loss of flexibility right after the chiropractor session, it was at least a month later.

Any advice would be super appreciated!!! Thanks :)


  • Hi neurodude,

    First off, I don't have an answer about the relation between your back & neck issues. Mine were suffered at the same time from a fall.

    One thing is, have you seen a spine specialist yet?Whether a NS or neurologist, or even your family doc to get started, would be your best bet, IMO. To me it sounds like you need a more focused workup and both your neck & back.

    I was an OR nurse for over 30 years, most of us have an inherent distrust of chiropractors, valid or not. Because I had my first neck surgery done when I was 22, and I had to have a fusion at C6-7, with a bone graft from my hip, I've never entrusted my spine to anyone other than a NS.

    That injury was also from a fall while snow skiing, but I was really lucky, healed with viturally no problems and worked another 29 years. Also hiked, biked and kayaked, working all over the US as a traveling nurse for around 5-6 years, before meeting my husband, and settling down across the state(wA) from my original homeplace on the east side.

    You need to see your doc to get a medical opinion and probably some tests to be able to determine what is actually happening.

    Kepp a journal of what causes pain, pops etc. where it is,how long it lasts, and what helps, ice, heat, meds etc. Sometimes this gives the doc a good timeline to see if things are progessing or decompensating, and how fast. There's so many details it's just really hard to keep all straight.

    Also make a list of the questions you want to be addressed. Leave room to write down answers. If you can, take a friend or relative with you to the appt. We deal with a "fear factor" that can get in the way of listening while they are able to listen better usually. My Dh would always fill in a lot of gaps for me.

    I hope your doing better soon,


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