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I want to say up front that I've read a few threads here and my symptoms pale in comparison to what some of you discuss. You have sympathies.
About 2 years ago I fell playing soccer and hit a wall going backwards.
I broke the spinous process on my C2. No main vertebral damage. No surgery needed. Wore a removable collar for 6 weeks and then doctor gave me the all clear. Went back to work (desk job) and about 6 weeks after that I noticed I was getting light pain and feeling of tightness on my ring and little finger on my right arm and in my elbow.
This went on for months and over the last year has progressed to pain and tightness my neck and trapezius muscles on the right side only.
I fixed my posture in work and changed my mouse hand which seemed to help but I'm not sure. My pain seems originate around my c7(not my c2) on the right side (which explains the ring finger nerve pain).
About 4 months ago, at my wits end, I visited a physio that gave me an exercise program to work on the neck muscles. She also massaged the areas of pain, which helped, temporarily. However after about 6 weeks I really didn't feel I was improving. I'd have a few days of respite but then back to square one.
At this point (about 18 months post injury) I got an MRI which came back normal.
I then changed physio again who was a specialist in neck injury. She gave me a number of strengthening exercises and indicated I should feel better in 3 weeks! Music to my ears.
However I'm now 5 weeks later and don't feel I'm getting better. I do stretches and exercises 3 times a day. At this point I'm wondering what the point is.
My physio indicated that my symptoms indicate nerve irritation rather than damage so I'm not a candidate for surgery. But part of me feels like I've done damage that somehow isn't visible on an MRI. Although I damaged my c2 it seems everything now is sore from the c7 and spreads outwards.
I'm really down about it all and just want to find some activity that will help that I can then focus on. At the moment I get very short periods of respite but then end back up where I was.