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Dr. Chris Heck

Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Montgomery, AL
20 years experience

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Orthopedic Spine Surgery

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

12 Answers
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Heck
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 20 years experience
Muscle fatigue: Back pain is a very ubiquitous complaint and, unfortunately, does not isolate with any specific diagnosis. Possibilities include muscle fatigue (most common), disk degeneration, kidney pathology, spinal stress fractures, spine joint (facet) arthritis, or even chest wall/rib injuries. This would require a thorough history and physical examination by your physician.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Heck
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 20 years experience
Physical therapy: If you cannot improve your symptoms by correcting your posture and working on neck strengthening exercises at the gym, i would typically prescribe physical therapy for my patients with this complaint.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Heck
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 20 years experience
Referred pain: The nerves that innervate the heart branch off a main nerve trunk that also sends branches to the neck and into the left arm. Therefore when one of the branches senses painful stimuli, the brain cannot determine which branch the stimuli is coming from. Similar cases of referred pain occur from gall bladder pain (cholecystitis) causing right shoulder pain.

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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Heck is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Heck is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you for the meticulous way you handle your patients!
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Your answer made me feel good! Thanks :)
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of South Alabama College of Medicine, AL
Graduated 2001MD
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