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Doctor insights on: Portable Neck Traction

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Dr. Julie Abbott
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Neck Stretching (Definition)

The term stretching refers to application of force to a muscle to lengthen it beyond its normal resting rate. Stretching can be done to increase range of motion and to decrease risk of injury. Neck stretching would refer to stretching the muscles ...Read more


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Tender lumps in trap + tight neck. 3 year weights injury. Cervical MRI shows ok. Shoulder blade uncomfortable when sitting, poss winging?

Tender lumps in trap + tight neck. 3 year weights injury. Cervical MRI shows ok. Shoulder blade uncomfortable when sitting, poss winging?

Hmmm lumps? masses: Are not normal from a weight lifting accident. This suggests adenopathy or swollen nodes or worse a real neck mass. You can't cure this yourself. See a doctor - see what they recommend. Winging of your scapula is unrelated - they can also examine you for this. ...Read more

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Neck - chiropractic adjust done with an Arthrostim instrument, lowest setting. Now electrical feeling starts right side neck, runs up to head. Treatm?

Neck - chiropractic adjust done with an Arthrostim instrument, lowest setting.  Now electrical feeling starts right side neck, runs up to head. Treatm?

Time: I would first give it adequate time to see if it will resolve. If it does not resolve over 5-7 days, or worsens at any time, or becomes associated with pain or numbness running into the arm then I would be seen immediately. ...Read more

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Can posture improve occipital neuralgia from smartphone use?

Can posture improve occipital neuralgia from smartphone use?

Possibly. Try to: talk in a comfortable position with your neck not bent at an angle,and see if this helps. ...Read more

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Can chiropractic neck "cracking" adjustment reduce dizziness caused by cervical foraminal stenosis?

Can chiropractic neck "cracking" adjustment reduce dizziness caused by cervical foraminal stenosis?

Not recommended: Neck cracking done as "head thrusts" is considered potentially unsafe and should be avoided. The academy of neurology has come out against this procedure due to high risks of artery dissection and fatal stroke which can occur. I have seen 3 cases of these consequences while in training. I advise all my patients to reconsider doing such maneuvers. Risks vs. Benefits ratio unacceptably high. ...Read more

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Can transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation deal with back pain?

Can transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation deal with back pain?

Yes: Tens may decrease pain, particularly that associated with muscle, ligament and nerve mediated pain (as opposed to that originating from bone). ...Read more

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Can using a inversion table untrap pudendal nerve entrapment?

Can using a inversion table untrap pudendal nerve entrapment?

Probably not: Pudendal nerve entrapment is unlikely to be effectively treated using an inversion table although the nerve pain might feel better temporarily while inverted. ...Read more

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Moving my arm a sharp shooting pain from elbow to wrist. I'm a heavy equipment operator. Very physical job, repetitive arm movements. Home remedies?

Moving my arm a sharp shooting pain from elbow to wrist. I'm a heavy equipment operator. Very physical job,  repetitive arm movements. Home remedies?

Try a brace: Try a tennis elbow brace near your elbow. This shouldn't cause any problems and may relieve the pain. If it doesn't work then see your primary doctor for an eval. ...Read more

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Shldr labrum tear spinal stenosis c6-7, mri ekg ct epis.no relief. which causing gtr pain.pain shldr blade along spine left arm to ring finger achy?

Shldr labrum tear spinal stenosis c6-7, mri ekg ct epis.no relief. which causing gtr pain.pain shldr blade along spine left arm to ring finger achy?

Cervical nerve : this would suggest irritation of a cervical nerve perhaps C6 or C7. Your neurologic evaluation should help clarify that. Since you're still having pain I would agree you need to have this reevaluated. These kind of symptoms could be for other reasons. Location of the shoulder blade to suggest some other issues as well. Ask your physician to have you see a neurologist. ...Read more

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Does transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation for mummular headache or other head pain work?

Does transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation for mummular headache or other head pain work?

Temporarily: Tens or transcuteous nerve stimulation is a usefull modality for temporary relaxation of certain muscles associated with headaches, and neck and shoulder pain. ...Read more

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Decompression belt vs traction belt vs lumbar belt which is better?

Decompression belt vs traction belt vs lumbar belt which is better?

Low back pain: The belt that provides the best pain relief and comfort for your back is the best belt for you. Belts are not a panacea but an adjunct to other treatments to relieve low back pain or to protect you from repeat or future injury to the low back. ...Read more

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Can having traction done on your neck help nerve impingement?

Can having traction done on your neck help nerve impingement?

It can be helpful: This depends on the cause, and how severe the impingement is, in my experience. But many people get at least some relief with traction. It is usually one of the first things i try in a patient with neck related nerve impingement, along with cervical manipulation and sometimes muscle relaxants and/or oral steroids. Hopefully it works for you! ...Read more

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Dislocated shoulder, compressed disks in neck and nerve damage, what to do?

Dislocated shoulder, compressed disks in neck and nerve damage, what to do?

See an orthopedist: See an orthopedist, have the issues evaluated and learn your treatment options. ...Read more

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Will deep tissue massage/myofascial release work on the occipital region, neck and shoulder help heal or worsen occipital neuralgia ?

Will deep tissue massage/myofascial release work on the occipital region, neck and shoulder help heal or worsen occipital neuralgia ?

Help: The greater occipital nerves run in between the neck muscles and ligaments. Muscle relaxation should help minimize pressure on the nerve. ...Read more

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Traction (Definition)

Traction is the use of a pulling force to treat muscle and skeleton disorders. Compliments of the ...Read more