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Doctor insights on: Correcting Neck Curvature

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I slept on my neck wrong and it's got really painful. What should I do?

I slept on my neck wrong and it's got really painful. What should I do?

Consider: Stretching, heat from a shower or heating pad (don't get burned), massage, & acupuncture can help. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) can help with both pain relief and in reducing inflammation. Examples are ibuprofen (like Advil, Nuprin or Motrin), Naproxen sodium (like Aleve, (naproxen) Naprosyn, Anaprox) or Asprin (such as Bayer, Ecotrin, Ascriptin). Avoid NSAID's if pregnant or allergic. ...Read more

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What causes straightening of the curvature in the neck?

What causes straightening of the curvature in the neck?

Muscle spasm: Commonly, muscle spasms may cause your neck to straighten. If there has been injury or arthritis of the vertebrae of the neck then the bony problem may be contributing to the straightening, . ...Read more

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I am 20/F, x ray shows CURVATURE STRAIGHTENED. Continuous pain on neck. Please help.?

I am 20/F, x ray shows CURVATURE STRAIGHTENED. Continuous pain on neck. Please help.?

Neck Pain: The straightened curvature in your neck on X-ray is a sign of pain and muscle spasm. You may be helped with a soft neck collar to relieve some of the spasm, muscle relaxants and pain medications like ibuprofen. Physical therapy also would be appropriate. Work with your doctor and your X-ray soon will be normal again. ...Read more

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Do people have neck pain with not much curvature in the neck?

Do people have neck pain with not much curvature in the neck?

There are many: Different neck problems that can cause pain irrespective of the curvature of the neck. Make an appointment with a health care provider to discuss your concerns. ...Read more

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I have calcium growth on my C5 & poor curvature in my neck. I love to read but it causes my neck to ache. How should I position myself for reading?

I have calcium growth on my C5 & poor curvature in my neck. I love to read but it causes my neck to ache. How should I position myself for reading?

Elevated table: Try to keep your chin up and head back maintaining your normal cervical curvature. An ergonomic angled and elevated reading table would be helpful. ...Read more

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I have a neck problem for 1 yrs ir one doc said its artheritis and curvature off spine it seems to make my right side off neck swell so bad num?

I have a neck problem for 1 yrs ir one doc said its artheritis and curvature off spine it seems to make my right side off neck swell so bad num?

Herniated disc: You are relatively young for severe arthritis although possible. Sounds like you have a herniated cervical disc. If causing persistant pain and numbness you probably need to seek the attention of an ortho doc or pain management specialist. If only having pain and no weakness might be worth trying an injection and therapy. If you have weakness with a large disc u may require surgery. Good luck. ...Read more

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The doctor said I have curvature of the spine and a large fat pad on my neck/upper back area. Its extremely painful. Is this curable?

The doctor said I have curvature of the spine and a large fat pad on my neck/upper back area. Its extremely painful. Is this curable?

A Bend In The Road: Hard to say without more details (e.g. how severe the curvature) but there are many non-surgical approaches/therapies to try to at least make some improvements and feel better. Talk to your doctor about forms of physical therapy and conditioning and discuss the exact nature and severity of your spine and what options you have. Get a consult with a physiatrist and keep a positive proactive attitude ...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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Can muscle spasm in upper back/neck cause a temporary spinal curvature? Will the curve straighten out once the spasm stop?

Can muscle spasm in upper back/neck cause a temporary spinal curvature? Will the curve straighten out once the spasm stop?

Yes: Hi Charles

That is a great question. Depending on the degree of the musculoskeletal spasm, there certainly can be a curvature that develops. There are many ways to alleviate a spasm. Some alleviators are rest, stretches, heat, anti-inflammatory medication, and muscle relaxant medication. ...Read more

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What can bring about early degenerative changes in my cervical spine? Serious neck pain and straight cervical curvature with herniated disks

What can bring about early degenerative changes in my cervical spine? Serious neck pain and straight cervical curvature with herniated disks

Many things: As an example, family history of early degenerative arthritis, type of activity that you engage in and trauma. Please see you family physician. ...Read more

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Mri of my neck shows straightening of the curvature after having muscle spasms and nerve injury. I have headaches everyday. Does this cause it?

Mri of my neck shows straightening of the curvature after having muscle spasms and nerve injury. I have headaches everyday. Does this cause it?

YES: You could be suffering from cervicogenic headaches, a common form of headaches due to cervical spine disease or muscle spasms. ...Read more

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What are some good ways to correct a stiff neck?

What are some good ways to correct a stiff neck?

Stiff neck: Neck pain can be caused by and not limited to: incorrect positioning a for prolong period of time, facet arthropathy, muscle strain, bone spurs, degenerative disc disease, stress/tension, herniated disc, meningitis. The main contributor to pain is one's lifestyle. If neck pain persists it's important to see your pcp. They will most likely first recommend an nsaid, a muscle relaxant, and rest. ...Read more

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How does one correct a stiff neck caused by poor sitting postures?

How does one correct a stiff neck caused by poor sitting postures?

Better posture: First you need to see a physician to be certain your neck pain is caused by poor posture. Once that is established it may be helpful to meet with a physical therapist to teach you good body mechanics and ergonomics and give you a home expercise program. ...Read more

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I have neck arthritus and my back seems to slouch. What can I do to correct this? Am I stuck with this?

I have neck arthritus and my back seems to slouch. What can I do to correct this? Am I stuck with this?

Physical therapy: Your should have ongoing therapy to help correct posture, strengthen supporting muscles and limit pain. ...Read more

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When I feel my spine, it feels like it has 2 dents in it. One by my neck and another in the middle of my back. What posture is correct? To fix it

When I feel my spine, it feels like it has 2 dents in it. One by my neck and another in the middle of my back. What posture is correct? To fix it

Proper posture: A properly balanced spine keeps the head centered over the pelvis as viewed from both the front and the side. It is normal to have the so called "dents" as previously explained. Best way to maintain "perfect" posture is practice with a book on your head. Balance the book, and your head is balanced. Now, remember this position. The curves that exist when balanced are your normal curves. ...Read more

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I have a hunchback and my neck and shoulders are leaning forward how to correct my posture?

I have a hunchback and my neck and shoulders are leaning forward how to correct my posture?

Exercise may help: You may have an imbalance in muscle strength with the muscles in the front of your neck and chest stronger than muscles in your back and back of neck. If you strengthen the weak muscles, your posture may improve. However you should also see a doctor to see if there is a curve in your spine or something else that needs attention. ...Read more

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Please help! I have the neck pain since 1 year about neck pain, so please give me the correct solution for this?

Please help! I have the neck pain since 1 year about neck pain, so please give me the correct solution for this?

Daily exercise: Daily exercise is key to treatment. Gentle range of motion and walking! Pain may be reduced with over-the-counter medications (advil/aleve) ice will address inflammation and swelling, never apply ice to the skin, always over a towel or clothing for upto 45 min, follow this by heat for about 20 to 25 minutes to help soothe and relax tight muscles. ...Read more

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Starting 2 develope a hunch on the back of the neck/back area from bad posture. Is there anything I can do 2 correct it, its really bothering & hurts?

Starting 2 develope a hunch on the back of the neck/back area from bad posture. Is there anything I can do 2 correct it, its really bothering & hurts?

"Dowager's hump": Not a medical diagnosis, but the folk term for such a hunch, and yes, it is related to bad posture but also can be familial (does your mother/GM have one?), from an injury, or could also indicate early osteoporosis. Practice better posture, get a clavicle brace to keep those shoulders back or wear a well padded backpack to do the same. Rolled towel between shoulders to sit or sleep. Attent-HUT!! ...Read more

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Is atlas orthogonal a good way to correct neck misalignment?

Is atlas orthogonal a good way to correct neck misalignment?

If you believe in: The theory behind it that everything starts with a dysfunctional atlas. There are pros and cons to it, plus it's not the most comfortable procedure. However, if you try it once, and get relief, then that's the end of the story! ...Read more

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My neck is often bent forwards and my posture is terrible, is it safe to stop using my pillow? Will this correct my posture? Why do we even use pillows

No pillow is OK: Pillows are for comfort and were probably first used to relieve the pressure on the head when we slept on hard floors. It is not dangerous generally to not use pillows. If your neck is bent and posture is not right, make a conscious effort to sleep with your neck straight and your body in a better posture. If you stick with it, it will gradually become easier. ...Read more

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Having a hard time getting correct diagnosis of nerve pain from neck. Any RI doctors out there that will help??

Having a hard time getting correct diagnosis of nerve pain from neck. Any RI doctors out there that will help??

Did you try a: Formal consultation on HealthTap. While a definitive diagnosis may be difficult to provide, I'm sure some element of guidance may be readily provided. Otherwise your best bet is seek the input of a neurologist in RI for a formal inperson evaluation. ...Read more

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Best sleeping position to correct neck hump. Is it best to sleep without pillow so that my neck isn't being pushed forward?

Best sleeping position to correct neck hump. Is it best to sleep without pillow so that my neck isn't being pushed forward?

Position: Yes, lie flat in bed without a pillow. You can use a hot water bottle or heating pad set on low or an ice pack, whichever you feel more comfortable with ...Read more

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Can you correct the loss of curve in the neck that is due to poor posture? What are the success rates for non-surgical options?

Cause first: It depends on the cause. For example, if due to muscle spasm, then it could likely be helped. If due to scoliosis, would be harder to do. In your case, if it is truly due to poor posture, you need to address that first and loss of lordotic curvature should correct. ...Read more

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Am I correct when I say a neck sprain would be tender to the touch and a pinched nerve would be all internal pain down nerve path?

Am I correct when I say a neck sprain would be tender to the touch and a pinched nerve would be all internal pain down nerve path?

Good thinking, but: Real bodies are less likely to perform 100% logically. Both could bring a bit of both pain pictures you draw quite well. It may also not be a perfect division, but the relief patterns may tell you some more. If it's pinched nerve, topical Tx will have less effect, not none but less. Sprain should improve if rested, pinched not so much. Try an exam/eval too. Best! ...Read more

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I have a loss of curve in my neck, as well as arthris, per X-ray and mri. I go to a chiro now, is there anything that can be done to correct it?

I have a loss of curve in my neck, as well as arthris, per X-ray and mri. I go to a chiro now, is there anything that can be done to correct it?

Ortho: Arthritis once present is not reversible. Physical therapy may help. Loss of curvature likely due to arthritis. Preventing further deteriation is best right now with help from chiropractor and physical therapy. Surgery can be done if pain is severe enough but save that for last option. ...Read more

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I'm suffering from spondelitis problem n please tel me what are the correct sleeping positions and to mention I'm a sleeper on stomach n my neck paining?

I'm suffering from spondelitis problem n please tel me what are the correct sleeping positions and to mention I'm a sleeper on stomach n my neck paining?

Sleeping position: The correct sleeping position for any given individual is that which allows for sound & pain-free sleep such that you wake up refreshed. Whether this is on one side or other vs back or stomach is really up to you and may in fact change w/time. You'll need to experiment to find out what's best for you. ...Read more

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I had 3 swallon nodes in my neck for 6 weeks then 2 have shrunk to normal and there is one left, I have been told by my oncologist that It is almost certain that it is galanjala fever does this sound correct?

I had 3 swallon nodes in my neck for 6 weeks then 2 have shrunk to normal and there is one left, I have been told by my oncologist that It is almost certain that it is galanjala fever does this sound correct?

Probably: Lymph nodes that appear in the neck are most often inflammatory or represent a metastatic process to neck. At times there is primary lymph node pathology such as lymphoma. When 2 or the 3 nodes resolve the 3rd is on its way and by definition is inflammatory in nature --one might say a form of glandular fever. ...Read more