Let me start of by saying that I would go to a doctor if it wasn't going to be out of pocket (my company's insurance sucks). I don't want to go drop a grand just to have a doctor tell me I need to rest it... So I've come to this forum in hopes that someone can help me.
I was playing hockey 5 weeks ago when someone much taller than me dealt an elbow to the top of my head. It felt like my neck compressed straight down and I heard a crunching noise. I felt fine to continue playing, but the next day I felt like Frankenstein. It took about a week before I could look over my shoulder without discomfort. I thought I was going to heal up well because there was no all-day pain after that first week. However, it's 5 weeks later and I'm still having occasional painful spasms (when I move it at certain angles or during the night because of neck position sleeping) and tightness on one side of my neck. During the day, I'm most likely to have a spasm if I'm bent forward. It feels like it's one of the muscles on the back/right of the neck that is meant for holding the neck back and/or rotating to look right.
I rested a lot for the first couple weeks and then started adding in walking 3 miles and then added in low impact cardio. I do occasional light stretching.
I'm hoping that it's a sprain or strain that will heal on its own. I don't have any numbness or tingling in any parts of my body so I hope that means it's not a disc issue. Am I running any risks but not getting x-rays? I've read that surgery is a last resort with neck injuries anyways....
Thanks for any help!!!!!
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