I've been doing some research and found this site and hope that someone may have some suggestions. I have a 13 year old who has been having headache, neck pain/spasms for over a year. She stopped wearing her orthodontic headgear and carrying a school backpack and still is hurting. After a few trips to the pediatrician with no results, I mentioned it to her orthopedist (she started seeing him a few months ago for a leg length discrepancy). After x-rays, she had an mri that showed a possible Chiari....referred to a neurosurgeon (another mri, cat scan with/without contrast) and he said that it is a chiari 0 with only a 3-5 mm herniation and would not be causing her neck pain and recommended physical therapy. He also said that she has a misshapen clivus bone in her neck. So back to the orthopedist who sets up the pt. The therapy started helping after about 8 visits, but after a few days it comes back. The muscles in her neck are so tight that you can see and feel them. This past week she started complaining also of pain in her back between her shoulder blades. Her pediatric ortho has now referred her to a back specialist. Does anyone have any idea what could be going on or have any experience with such symptoms? Thanks!