I've had chronic upper back muscle knots now for several years. I should also mention that I have osteoarthritis in my neck, so when the muscles cramp up in the upper back or shoulder, my neck gets pulled out and I wind up with headaches and have to visit my chiropractor for electric stim and an adjustment. I have tried the following with some short-term results.
- Chiropractic with massage and/or electric stim (I have a wonderful chiropractor for 30 years who knows my insides better than I do and he is just as frustrated to see me in so much pain as I am.
- Trigger point injections
- Physical therapy with dry trigger point injections
- Muscle relaxers (just make me sleep great, but don't relax the muscle knots)
Since I've been at a desk for most of my working life (30+ years), the results don't last. The more I exercise to strengthen the back, the stronger the knots come back. I feel as though it's a terrible vicious cycle. Does anyone have any other advice they can offer?
Thank you in advance!