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A 33-year-old male asked:

I had a neck injury 7 months ago due to lifting 600lb shrugs.i got medial branch, cervical epidural and shoulder injectionbut there was no relief. i went to 11 doctors, but there wasno resolution. i can't bend my head back or to the left. i have a bad pai

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Dr. Kiley Reynolds
Pain Management 26 years experience
Neck Pain: Neck pain after a lifting injury can have quite a long healing process, especially if the injury entailed nerve, ligament, or muscle injury. The injury reported is from heavy shrugs which is usually a stretch type injury. Without the cmri results and a detailed history with current activity level, it is very hard to comment on your situation. I would recommend seeing an orthopedic specialist.
Dr. Alvin Stein
Pain Management 60 years experience
Torn ligaments in ne: Torn or damaged neck ligaments need to be repaired and that will stabilize the neck and stop the pain. Prolotherapy is the first and best way to go . Visit www. Getprolo.Com or www, aaomed.Org for information and to find a doctor.
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
Complex: If you have had MRI and/or ct and xrays to eval. And nothing has helped, have you done cervical traction? Oral steroids? Stopped lifting 600pounds? Cervical stretching? Need spine specialst to eval.
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 37 years experience
Lifting injuries do not damage the cervical spine directly but with forward flexion they may lead to a herniated disc. Do you have any tingling or numbness in the fingers? If not, a cervical epidural is useless. Inability to look up may be due to facet syndrome and medial branch radiofrequency helps. More likely you may have muscular pain which may not have been addressed
Aug 2, 2014
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 37 years experience
My advise would be to get an MRI (if you didn't already). Do more stretching of the upper cervical muscles. Traction may help as well but oral steroids have no role in your type of symptoms. Stop lifting for a few days, use heat and stretch..
Aug 2, 2014

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