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OA in neck, upper back spasms. Overhead exercise tightens back. Should I try doing overhead exercises or avoid? Weights OK? Flabby upper arms/obese.

OA in neck, upper back spasms. Overhead exercise tightens back. Should I try doing overhead exercises or avoid? Weights OK? Flabby upper arms/obese.

OK to avoid them: First it may help to work with a certified personal trainer to modify an overhead exercises so that they are more "tolerable". Otherwise, no exercise that is done overhead is "necessary". Be reassured that you can readily find alternatives that will be suitable without compromising your the benefits you are receiving. ...Read more

Neck Injury (Definition)

Applied to the neck or cervical region that overcomes the strength of the neck's structures resulting in damage to those structures ranging from muscles, ligaments, joints, discs, ...Read more


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Which exercises could reduce shoulder pain during bench pressing?

Which exercises could reduce shoulder pain during bench pressing?

Shoulder pain: While weightlifting could be from the acromioclavicular joint, the rotator cuff, the glenohumeral joint or a combination of all three. First proper mechanics are needed. Second one must make certain that there not any underlying issues. Finally often reducing the weight helps. And spending some time strengthening the smaller muscles of the shoulder girdle such as building up rotators and the biceps and triceps and the trapezius. ...Read more

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Can I fix back pain by doing ab exercises?

Can I fix back pain by doing ab exercises?

Not always: If it were that simple we would have eliminated back pain in fit patients which is not the case. Core exercises are usually beneficial but if pain persists then other structures (facet joints or discs) may be damaged and in need of treatment. ...Read more

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I need neck exercises to fix neck pain from slouching?

I need neck exercises to fix neck pain from slouching?

Lumbar support: You may also want to try adding a good lumbar support to your chair. This will cause your pelvis to rotate forward and shoulders to move back providing a proper posture and decreasing neck pain. ...Read more

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Can neck strain during exercise cause lhermitte's sign (sit ups, push ups, stair climbing).Began w/pulled muscle in lower back&spread to neck.

Can neck strain during exercise cause lhermitte's sign (sit ups, push ups, stair climbing).Began w/pulled muscle in lower back&spread to neck.

Really shouldn't: Understand that lhermitte's sign is a shock-like sensation that radiates to arms and legs during a flexion or forced flexion maneuver of the neck. Classically, this was used to identify ms. It is presently used to commonly identify symptomatic spinal cord compression. So, if you are not having the arm/leg symptoms, this is not lhermitte's sign. If yes, you should consider evaluation by spine md. ...Read more

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Back pain L4/5 bulging discs, physical therapy doesn't help, but sitting on large excercise ball helps. Can i strengthen back/core muscles this way?

Yes: there are a few ways to strengthen your core and take some strain off of your low back joints and disks somewhat - usually the PT can help design core strengthening exercises for you to work on nand progress with over about 8 weeks - however, it is possible that PT in general can aggravate whatever the pain generator in the back is as well ...Read more

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Strained muscles causing neck discomfort/stiffness & headaches, what to do?

Strained muscles causing neck discomfort/stiffness & headaches, what to do?

See a physician to: Make sure it is only muscular stiffness and not something more concerning, especially when headaches are involved. Once you know it is only neck muscle stiffness that are causing these things, see http://www.Spine-health.Com/conditions/neck-pain/neck-exercises-neck-pain for stretching and strengthening exercises. Consider postural and ergonomic changes as well. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Could doing neck stretches or exercises break your neck?

Could doing neck stretches or exercises break your neck?

Unlikely: It is generally good for your neck to stretching and exercises. The only way it could be a danger is if you have some rare pre-existing condition such as a collagen disorder or loss of bone density (rare in a 30 year old). ...Read more

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What are some ab exercises that wont strain my neck?

What are some ab exercises that wont strain my neck?

Supine leg exercises: It is like driving a bicycle on your back. ...Read more

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Will strengthening the trapezius muscle decrease neck pain?

Will strengthening the trapezius muscle decrease neck pain?

Depends: This totally depends on the cause of your neck pain. Strengthening the muscles supporting your neck can help the pain but strengthening some but not all of these muscles can make it worse. You need to work with a physician and/or physical therapist and craft a specific plan to treat the specific cause of your neck pain. ...Read more

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Can exercises to build up the trapezius muscle exacerbate neck pain?

Can exercises to build up the trapezius muscle exacerbate neck pain?

Yes: If you have an underlying painful neck condition, i.E degenerative disc disease/pinched nerve/disc bulge; performing aggressive trapezius strengthening exercises can aggravate it. Try and do strengthening exercises with out weights. Consider working with a knowledgable physical therapist to make sure you are doing the appropriate exercises. Discuss with your md if pt is recommended. ...Read more

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Back injury d/t pt pulling me forward & leaned back against force. Hernia L5-S1(MRI L3-5). Mid back sore 3 months later.Called strain but not healing.

Back injury d/t pt pulling me forward & leaned back against force. Hernia L5-S1(MRI L3-5). Mid back sore 3 months later.Called strain but not healing.

Consult: Physical therapy is important. Can Consult neurologist, pain specialist, back specialist, sports doctor, physiatrist and yes neuro or back surgeons for additional options on treatment. Alternative and complementary practitioners that are experienced in back pain can also help. Get all opinions and options available and research your surgeons before disk surgery which may be what is needed. ...Read more

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Can weak posterior deltoid muscles or weak latissimus dorsi muscles cause muscle tension and pain in the back and neck? Source: HealthTap

TENSION pain: One has to realize that all of our muscles throughout the body are interactive, thus if one part or one side becomes weak or loses tone, it affects the surrounding muscle groups.hence yes there will be an effect on the upper bac and neck by loss of muscle tone in some of the post shoulder musculature. Get up with a good physiotherapist for direction and oint earring how to retrainthe weak muscles ...Read more

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I'm 23. Weak back muscles causes pain in entire back, shoulder n neck. High fatigue. Caused by wrong posture while using laptop. How can I strengthen?

Tai chi: Besides strengthening your lower back muscles it is imperative to strengthen your upper back and neck, abdomen, hip flexors, and buttocks. In addition increasing your flexibility is key. Tai chi exercises have shown in several studies to statistically decrease back pain so join a class. ...Read more

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Can chronic myofascial pain on neck/face unilateral be cured if you exercise stretch muscles and watch posture?

Can chronic myofascial pain on neck/face unilateral be cured if you exercise stretch muscles and watch posture?

Exercise is importan: Exercise is important. You need a evalauiton with a rheuamtologist to see if this is fibromyalgia. Exercise, quality sleep and stress reduciton will help. You need to discuss this with your physician. ...Read more

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Hurt lower back during lifting. Xray show no spine damage. Burn when sitting, bent over and post excercise. Possible pc muscle loss. Pulled muscle?

Muscle strain: It sounds like the pain in your back is worse with movement. It points to a strain in the muscles that support the spine; may have occurred during lifting. Muscle strains / sprains do not show up on X-ray; X-rays are best to check for the position & shape of bones. Rehab therapy is generally best in these situations, to strengthen the back muscles without adding more strain. Heating pads can help. ...Read more

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Shoulders hurting for 1yr, can't do pullup/pushup; doc said possible SLAP tear; doing rotation exercises 6mo; relieves pain, but hasn't healed?

You need 2 know-: -& U need an MRI-arthrogram of Ur shoulder. These do not heal on their own. A possible SLAP needs to proceed from possible to certain, which should have been done @ the time"possible" was made. Get into see a fellowship trained sports med orthopedic surgeon now! ...Read more

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Extremely paainful back, shoulder, neck muscle pain meds, massages barley help consistant muscle pains what to do?

Extremely paainful back, shoulder, neck muscle pain meds, massages barley help consistant muscle pains what to do?

See details: See a doctor, have the issue evaluated to determine the cause and then you will know your options. A rheumatologist is a good place to start. It may be fibromyalgia. ...Read more

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What are some ab exercises that wont strain my neck?

Supine leg exercises: It is like driving a bicycle on your back. ...Read more

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Can neck strain during exercise cause lhermitte's sign (sit ups, push ups, stair climbing).Began w/pulled muscle in lower back&spread to neck.

Really shouldn't: Understand that lhermitte's sign is a shock-like sensation that radiates to arms and legs during a flexion or forced flexion maneuver of the neck. Classically, this was used to identify ms. It is presently used to commonly identify symptomatic spinal cord compression. So, if you are not having the arm/leg symptoms, this is not lhermitte's sign. If yes, you should consider evaluation by spine md. ...Read more

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How can you reduce neck strain at the computer?

How can you reduce neck strain at the computer?

Ergonomics: Arrange computer station to minimize strain: monitor straight ahead or slightly below line of sight; keyboard at proper height; forearms supported; comfortable, adjustable chair. Take breaks to stretch & exercise neck & shoulder muscles. Use tylenol/nsaid judiciously. Moist heat to neck & shoulders. Neck massage by trained person (some even come to workplace). ...Read more

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I'm experiencing neck strain.

I'm experiencing neck strain.

Usually will resolve: Definitely need more details to help assess this more. A non-trauma or injury related neck strain will usually resolve on its own with rest, heat, stretching and massage. If it doesn't improve in 5-7days, is worsen or you are developing any other symptoms other then just muscle soreness and tightness, spasm -- recommend a consult. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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What is a neck strain or shoulder strain do to your body?

What is a neck strain or shoulder strain do to your body?

Should resolve: Neck/shoulder strains should resolve with time and appropriate conservative management. There should not be any long term effects on your body. ...Read more

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I am experiencing neck strain. The following also describes me: Back pain. What should I do?

I am experiencing  neck strain. The following also describes me: Back pain. What should I do?

See doctor: Go see your doctor for an exam. Then you can have a treatment plan ...Read more

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After getting made fun of by one of the docs, I will re-phrase my q. Are there any ways to safely lift weights to tone underarms without neck strain?

After getting made fun of by one of the docs, I will re-phrase my q. Are there any ways to safely lift weights to tone underarms without neck strain?

I'm no trainer: but if you lie on your back with you neck supported on the bench, you can take some light free weights and hold them in your hand and push up into the air while keeping in position. That will help you triceps (underarms). Suggest youtube for triceps exercises. ...Read more

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Accidently hit the right side of my head now my i have a neck strain/sprain. Is that okay?

Accidently hit the right side of my head now my i have a neck strain/sprain. Is that okay?

Head injury : Concern for stability of your neck X-rays indicated in ER and neuro exam. With regard to head injury docs want to know mechanism ie high energy collision with construction metal plate versus pillow fight also loss of consciousness evaluation for concussion or bleed docs will do neuro exam good luck ...Read more

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I am experiencing toothache and neck pain. The following also describes me: Neck strain. What should I do?

I am experiencing  toothache and neck pain. The following also describes me: Neck strain. What should I do?

Obvious: It's obvious. If you have a toothache, see your Dentist. Most common cause of toothache is infection. If neck issues don't resolve with appropriate dental treatment, Dentist will refer you on to your Physician. ...Read more

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I am experiencing neck pain and neck strain. It's been iver a year. It's only on the left side, my neck and that part if my head.

Diagnosis: What are other symptoms? Local pain/ Radiating into arm? numbness or tingling? constant, intermittent ? recent trauma or activity? Happened before? Treatment in the past? Any previous work ups? ...Read more

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I am experiencing neck strain. Had x ray. Loss curvature. Taking relafin and Norfolk. Getting MRI. Any thought on how to regain curvature?

I am experiencing  neck strain.  Had x ray.  Loss curvature.  Taking relafin and Norfolk.  Getting MRI.  Any thought on how to regain curvature?

Loss of curvature: is generally not, in and of itself, a primary abnormality. Rather, it is usually a response to regional muscle spasm or strain. So, when the neck muscle strain resolves, the curvature will likely return to normal. ...Read more

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My neck forward rapidly on scooter,one month ago now neck pain is completely gone.Im wonder How I sustained such incident with just minor neck strain

Neck Pain: Strangely the degree of "whiplash" has little direct relation to degree of pain. Factors such as head turning at time of neck trauma, habitual bad posture, continued bad posture, are factors. MRI may show anatomical changes. Recommend: 4 minute shower to back of neck while slowly turning from side to side. Massage to neck - like a toothpaste squeeze is beneficial. ...Read more

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Whiplash neck strain in a lot of pain taking paracetamol and ibraophen allergic to codein what else can I take?

A few tips, Tylenol-: -is for pain relief.that is fine. Also rest, ice helps to reduce pain,activity modification, also I prefer Aleve (naproxen) to IBP. It's longer acting so you are less likely to miss a dose. Also it's a better anti inflammatory drug. The maximum dose is 750mg/ 2X daily. I have people start high then back down until you notice there is less effect, & only if you are able to take it. Worse/C PCP 3dy. ...Read more

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I am experiencing severe back pain and neck strain I have klippel feil and scoliosis what can I do about the pain?

I am experiencing  severe back pain and neck strain I have klippel feil and scoliosis what can I do about the pain?

PainPillsGetChecked: You can try over the counter pain pills like Tylenol or ibuprofen if there is no allergy or stomach ulcer history.And make an appointment with your doctor and get it checked since you have Kippel Feil Syndrome and Scoliosis ...Read more

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I am experiencing neck pain. The following also describe me: Neck strain, Headache, and Shoulder pain. What should I do?

Seek evaluation: First, talk with your regular physician to ensure that these problems are not from something serious. Then, you and your doctor can formulate a plan: medications, physical therapy, referral to pain management, etc. ...Read more

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Can neck strain cause vertigo? Slept on my neck wrong, now it is aching and i feel off balance. Been happening pretty often lately.

Can neck strain cause vertigo? Slept on my neck wrong, now it is aching and i feel off balance. Been happening pretty often lately.

No: Separate issues see ENT md for vertigo/ off balance see rehab md may get immediate relief by neck position as sleep. Wrap your arm around pillow next to chest so arms are 'down' while sleeping head pillow has to be firm enough, and head must beperpendicular to your shoulder and not touching your shoulder as you sleep. ...Read more

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Neck Strain (Definition)

A muscular pain in the neck caused ...Read more