I have degeneration in my neck around C4-C5. I am 35 years old in good health, 150 pounds at 5'6". The doctor says the degeneration is minor, but I'm not really sure how serious it is and what the implications are. Here are two images of the X-Rays that were taken at the doctor:http://postimg.org/image/b8tsz8qvf/http://postimg.org/image/6bg8e4owb/
I have No pain in my neck, I just can hear a crackling / crunching when I turn my head. I wouldn't say it is very loud, but it is loud enough to be noticeable and it really does have an effect on my life and feeling of well-being. My girlfriend can sit next to me, in a quiet room, and hear it if she listens carefully. I hear the noise any time I turn my head from left to right, during driving for example, and golf.
The doctor says to stay active, and that I shouldn't quit golf. But should I? I'm pretty sure the degeneration I have is called tech-neck, as I have been a computer consultant for 20 years and consistently look down at a phone. Since, I have raised my monitors to be eye level, and to minimize my looking down.
The problem is, when playing golf, you look at the golf ball and turn your shoulders about 90 degrees to take the club back while keeping your head still. Then, you swing through the ball and turn your shoulders forward. Each swing is two/three rotations of the neck. If I swing in a quiet room I can hear the crunching sound. The physical therapist says it's the facet joints making noise. So my worries are:
- Will continued golf erode the disk and make things worse, or is it just meaningless noise from the facet joints?
- Is there any chance that bone could break off from the facet joints from continued years of grinding and cause problems?
And most importantly, should I quit golf?