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Straightening Of The Neck
See your doctor: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more
Neck Straightening: Several conditions, from congenital disorders to poor posture, may cause the head to move out of its natural position. With torticollis, or wry neck, the muscles on one side of the head spasm, causing the head to twist to one side. With kyphosis, the muscles on the front of the neck pull the head forward. In many cases, these conditions may be corrected with surgery, but exercises can also help. ...Read more
I have minor scoliosis, the curve moves my neck to the side. Can I straighten my neck somehow to cause it to have less of a lean? Thanks
Varies : You can ultimately work on your range of motion and flexibility of the area with physical therapy and stretching. If you do have a mild curve it would be pretty uncommon to have much of a deformity going into the neck. Don't hesitate to be seen and examined directly to discuss further treatment options. ...Read more
What is myofascial pain? Dr didn't explain. X-ray shows complete straightening of neck. Could this be the cause?
Myofascial pain: Myofascial pain is a fancy way to describe muscle pain. The fascia is the connective tissue that covers the muscles. This tissue can be damaged by injury, infection, inflammation and trigger points arise. The actual sites of the injury or strain prompts the development of these trigger points in turn causing pain elsewhere, aka referred pain. Yoga will help your neck regain proper curvature. ...Read more
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
Many Possibilities: Depending on how long it's been going on, i would consider an evaluation by a spine specialist. Sometimes it could be a muscle imbalance, early onset arthritis or scoliosis. Also could be a pinched nerve/herniated disc. Either way it might be good to figure it out and get appropriate treatment. ...Read more
I am a 46 woman with chronic muscle spasms..(in my back and neck)i have straightening of laodoses.My main concern is chronic numbness in my shoulder ?
Eval by PM&R: Would be advisable to see a physiatrist. Would consider physical therapy, ice/heat pack, nsaid if no aspirin allergy, and hep program. Also, should be aware of posture and activities that could be worsening problem. So if picking heavy objects should avoid it. Also, consider ergonomic adjustment in work environment so that neck is in neutral position. Cervical pillow could also be bought. ...Read more
I have neck arthritus, i take my left hand and push my head all the way down to my shoulders and release and straighten feel pain, what?
Today I threw out my lower back real bad I can not straighten up. Can I take a muscle relaxer while on prozac (fluoxetine). Been on muscle relaxers before for neck?
Neck pain. Xray shows straightening of normal lordotic curve spine- spasm. Went to physiotherapy, no difference. Unable to bend neck forward. Pls help?
Need medication: You should take antinflamatory medication with muscle relaxing and physicotherapy. ...Read more
Can muscle spasm in upper back/neck cause a temporary spinal curvature? Will the curve straighten out once the spasm stop?
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
Xray -> lordotic straightening. Doc prescribed flexura-d. Been taking physiotherapy for 6 days. No change. Doc recommended mri. Please guide for neck.
Neck pain: You are likely describing some muscle spasms which has caused the neck xray to straighten instead of having a natural curve. The Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) was intended to reduce the neck spasms. I would recommend you take alleve 2 tablets per day with food. If there are no red flags then i would several weeks to see if your pain improves before considering a mri. ...Read more
Pain in neck shoulder and arm. Unable to move. Burning deep intense pain. Cant straighten. Worsening with time. Headache back of head coming on. Help?
Need this checked: Could be a spinal versus neurologic issue. See your doctor or a neurologist. Would not wait on this. ...Read more
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
I have a lump on the back of neck more profound last couple of months, numb, painful left arm, pins&needles, can't straighten fingers, getting worse.
Exam: I strongly advise a comprehensive physical examination and workup. Your question cannot be answered online. ...Read more
Hi sir, I have severe pain in shoulder blades and neck, X-rays revealed straightening of C spine, Marginal Osteophyte in CV5, Marginal lipping at CV6?
Pain: Be careful of treating x Rays only. I need a good physical exam to determine possible pain generators and conservative treatment probably also need thoracic xray with pain around shoulder blades ...Read more
Cervical lordosis shows some straightening, slight prominence of transverse process of c7 in xray
I have had neck numbness/pain-now it began on my left side shoulder neck and creates a burning tingling feel, my back has tender spots, what can I do ?
See your MD: Best to see your family physician for examination , and if indicated , a referral to an orthopedist. Your Xray findings are basically normal. If your neck hurts then the X-ray will show straightening of the normal cervical lordosis.C7 is the most prominent vertebrae in the neck. Best of Luck! ...Read more
Good day!xray shows cervical and lumbar straightening..now i have pain on my neck shoulders and lower back buttocks&legs.what i will do?
Spine pain: Need more history , how long how severe ,any precipitating factors . Who took an X-ray ? They must have told u something already . U need a virtual consult to gain another opinion ...Read more
Neck X-ray what does is mean findings open mouth view is limited by overlying bony structures no fractures or subluxation cervical spine straightening?
The open mouth view-: -is 2 visualize the C1-C2 articulation. Overlying bony structures means either U did not open wide or the technician did not aim the column properly. If there was a concern, it would have been repeated. Otherwise it's normal. ...Read more
What would cause tingling in the arms, neck, and fingers. Had a normal brain MRI and neck MRI, the neck MRI only showed a straightening of the lordosis and a hemangioma at the C6. What else is left?
Numbness and tinglin: What you may be experiencing is neuropathy. There are many causes for neuropathy that will require further evaluation in addition to the imaging studies that you mention. I would follow up with your doctor to have electrolyte levels, vitamins D and B12 measured. Best of health to you! ...Read more
Hard lump in sub-occipital area, told it's bone.Always sore. Previous MRI & CT of neck showed straightening/reversal of cervical lordosis. Same thing?
Unlikely: Many folks have a prominent bony excrescence "bump" along the inferior midline occipital bone. Straightening of the cervical lordosis can result in the normal posterior spinous process of the vertebra to feel more obvious on palpation but should be lower and easy to differentiate on CT. ...Read more
Had sinuis surgery to remove polyous & straighten nose. Tubes in ears. Ct scan normal. Still dizzy & stiff neck. Headache in temples what to do?
Go back to doctor: Make sure that you are not developing infectious complications of this procedure. Could be quite severe. Go soon and be seen. Best wishes. ...Read more
If you have a thyroid problem (haven't been diagnosed but have all the symptoms) will exercise straighten it out? What herbs will help?
Well.....: There are a # of things that might present with some symptoms that could be seen with hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism. If you are symptomatic - would encourage you to be medically worked up for a definitive diagnosis. If you do have thyroid disease - would not count on exercise or herbs to correct it. Take care. ...Read more
I had an X-ray of my back and it shows some straightening of the cervical spine and osteoarthrits. I'm 28 yrs old. What are some options for me?
Several: It is unusual for a 28 year old to have cervical arthritis unless significant trauma has occurred. The straightening indicates muscle spasm suggest physical therapy for the neck, judicious use of anti-inflammatory and pain medications and careful attention to posture and trauma avoidance. If symptoms persist you should see a rheumatologist as this may indicate the presence of inflammatory disease. ...Read more