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  1. Beatdown Richie is offline
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    Pinched nerve: perspectives?

    I need some advice from you sports cripples out there... I've had a tingling feeling in my arm and numbness in my thumb for a couple of weeks now (on and off), and since it didn't seem to get any better, I finally saw a doctor.

    He did a few tests, said I probably had a pinched nerve in my neck, and recommended I don't move my neck a lot, eat a lot of Ibuprofen, and see him again in three weeks.

    I was a little underwhelmed by that.

    Following a recommendation from my boss, I also consulted a chiropractor. He did some more tests and found half a dozen subluxated vertebrae (some in my neck, the rest in my back and pelvis area), and wrote up a treatment plan involving 20 sessions over 2 months.

    I was a little overwhelmed, especially since I have to pay that out of my own pocket.

    Can anyone who's had similar problems give me a perspective what a reasonable treatment for that kind of injury looks like?

    Thanks.
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    Beatdown,

    there is a series of boxing neck stretches that helps prevent and can treat some impingement (I am not a Dr. so take or leave what I say, or what a Dr. says for that matter)

    standing, place your left hand behind your back at a right angle
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    place your right hand on the right side of chin and genlty push your chin as far as it will comfortably go to your left (chin over left shoulder)

    do not give any resistance this is a passive stretch

    switch sides and repeat stretch

    leave the hand behind your back and look forward

    take the hand off chin and place on top of head

    pull head down and try to touch ear to shoulder (no resistance)

    switch and repeat

    keep your hand orientation but now look to the inside of your elbow and pull down diagonly (to the front)

    switch and repeat

    then put your head down in the center and place both hands on top and pull down

    remember don't strain or push it, stay relaxed and hold each stretch for 30 seconds

    breath

    also ice that bee-atch many times a day

    and ibuprofin especially at bed time

    I have found that I respond to 600mgs or so

    and remeber don't drink alcohol when taking ibuprofin

    happy healing!
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    Pavel Tsatuineinieeinsnee also has a great book called "Relax into Stretch" that has several good neck stretches. On called the headache buster is particularly good. Everyone should own this book.

    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...28937?v=glance
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    I happen to be an MRI tech and see this kind of thing all day, every day. The usual course of treatment usually starts with seeing your doctor and getting some x-rays. If the pain continues, you usually follow up with physical therapy. If it still continues, it may be more serious and warrants getting an MRI to get the most accurate picture of what is going on in your neck. It sounds like a classic case of a pinched nerve in the neck.

    From working in this field, my view of the chiropractic field is not very good. There is a running joke in the radiology world that chiros help to keep us in business. This is not entirely fair, I know. There are good and bad doctors in every field. But for some reason, at least in my area, there are a relatively large number of chiros that think that they can treat ANY thing that is wrong with you, and in the process end up doing more damage than good. As long as he sticks to his field, the spine, it should be alright. As I have frequently said, you don't go to your proctologist when you're complaining of bad headaches (although I know some people where that might not apply). As long as it makes you feel better, go for it.

    Also, I agree with White Shark. Pavel Tsatouline's book "Relax into Stretch" has some excellent stretches for neck and head pain. Pavel himself was in a car accident, and he used these stretches to get back mobility.
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    Thanks. So you guys recommend doing stretches, which would pretty much go against the doctor's recommendation of not putting stress on the neck?

    twysk: yeah, I'm skeptical of chiroprators myself, but spine manipulation might be just the thing I need in this case. And I'll have to find out if it makes me feel better.
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    "Thanks. So you guys recommend doing stretches, which would pretty much go against the doctor's recommendation of not putting stress on the neck?"

    No not at all. Why do you think this would put stress on your neck? I'm not talking about wrestler strecthes where you are doing headstands and neck rolls. Stretches can be done with varied resistance. But, I'm pretty sure you are smarter than that anyway.
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    You might try to chiro for one visit for an adjustment but I think stretches and some bodywork such as ART or myofascial release would also help. I've got the same problem now by the way.
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    WhiteShark:
    > No not at all. Why do you think this would put stress on your neck?
    Because stretching means bringing the muscles and/or joints to the limits of how far they can go?

    Zenman:
    Any success in relieving the problem yet?

    I'm reading a little bit on the internet and find lots of conflicting information, but none of it implies it can be resolved as easily as I had hoped :(
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    Beatdown,

    I have seen a chiropractor for about 15 years now.

    When I move someplace new, I find one ASAP

    It has been invaluable as I have blown my back and shoulders multiple times to the point of 0% functioning

    the key is they are not all equal

    try a few

    they may have an initial fee but usually after that you can find rad chiro's for less than $40 per visit

    my best chiros have either been athletes or are the old school variety

    I ahve had some pretty lame ones that just run through a textbook routine

    also, I believe in stretching with no resistance/very relaxed when injured

    I also believe in lots of ice and avoiding heat like the plague with an acute injury

    I am usually anti-pharmi, but I alwys use ibuprofin through an acute injury
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