Working around neck problems
So, last Friday I decided to take a rest day as I had been training and engaging in high intensity workouts for more days in a row than I usually do. After sitting around tying up some odds and ends at work and then spending the rest of the day on movies and videogames, I woke up the next morning with a stiff neck and sharp pains in my arm.
I've gotten pinched nerves before. But after five days with no effect from the usual remedies and no way to sit or move without pain, I saw an orthopedist. Xrays showed that the spacing is a little too close on my C7 vertebra and the start of my back.
My MRI appointment is later this week, which should determine the nature of the problem. In the mean time I've been constantly icing it while taking anti-inflamatories and the pain has finally subsided into mild tingling all the time and only sharp pains if I tilt my head too far back or forward or straighten my legs out.
I don't want to speculate on cause or treatment until I get the MRI. But I am curious what I could do to stay, if not active, at least not completely sedentary.
I went to the gym four out of the five days of constant pain because my coach said he may need me to work with new students. But all I could do while I was there was jump rope. stretch, and do pushups, and I'm not sure if any of those made things any worse. I couldn't even stay on the stationary bike because maintaining either the straight up or leaning forward posture for more than a few minutes was straight up murder.
Without knowing the exact nature of the problem I can't even get in to what PT may or may not be necessary. I'm just looking for some form of exercise that won't make it worse. Any suggestions?