When you have a sore neck it can be so frustrating not being to find good info or guidance on how to stop the pain. There are loads of ways to treat a painful neck. Exercise is still one of the best treatment tools available. Our bodies were designed to move and move properly. Bad posture habits and poor movements patterns do contribute to the cause of the ache or pain your experiencing.
Knowing how to move your neck to feel that relief you’ve been looking so hard for is what I want to show you today. Having dealt with so many patients over the years I can tell you that normally people just don’t know how to exercise the neck area. I have never heard anyone who trains at a gym telling me they do a neck workout.
Have you ever been in a situation where you have had such a stiff neck? It can happen so easily that you wake up and find you can’t move your neck properly or you’ve been working away at your computer only to find it is sore to move neck or shoulders. Maybe your neck creaks and crackles in the joints with movement and there is limited ability to turn your neck to one side or both.
Neck stiffness is very common medical condition. However, understanding what causes a stiff neck and how to fix a stiff neck is what most people want to know. The good news it can be a quick and easy resolution to your problem. That is what I aim to explain in today’s post. Neck stiffness is similar to a trapped nerve, but different at the same time. Below I will share the two most common causes, how to spot the difference between a sore throat and meningitis problem and some other hints, tips and 9 treatment tricks to help you unlock your neck again. Continue reading
This video caught my attention with the title “How to avoid a trapped arm whilst cuddling in bed“. I knew I had to watch this video just to see what this was all about.
I have definitely experienced it and I’m sure you have. It is that feeling when you’re laying in bed snuggling or cuddling a girlfriend or wife and your arm gets trapped underneath their head. You then get a loss of feeling in the hand and arm. It is not a nice feeling at all. So watch the video below to get some tips on “How to avoid a trapped arm whilst cuddling in bed” 🙂 Continue reading
Neck injuries happen in the rugby game especially trapped nerve pain conditions. There is a trapped nerve injury that can happen called a “stinger“. A stinger injury is when damage has occurred to the major nerves leaving the neck going down into the left or right arm. Stingers are also called a “burner“.
If you saw the dangerous spear tackle Welsh rugby captain, Sam Warburton, did in the Rugby World Cup 2011 semi-final today on French player,Vincent Clerc, you can see one way a stinger injury to the neck can happen in rugby. So what nerves in the neck get trapped and what can you do to help a stinger injury.
Below I will show you the dangerous rugby spear tackle video, the anatomy, cause, symptoms and how to treat a stinger injury in your neck and arm. At the bottom I also found a leaflet you can print maybe as a coach from the North American Spine Society for an injured player.
As you can see in the video above the spear tackle in rugby is dangerous as the South African player landed heavily from a height onto the back of his neck. This would have caused a whiplash effect on the neck and in this case can create excessive neck chin to chest movement.
Professional rugby player, Brian Lima, was nicknamed “The Chiropractor” for his hard tackles. It is said when Brian Lima rugby tackled your he hit you so hard it would click all your bones like going to a chiropractor. Don’t worry seeing a chiropractor for the first time wouldn’t be like getting rugby tackled from Brian Lima 🙂
This video clip is the famous Brian Lima tackle on South African springbok rugby player Derrick Hougaard in the South Africa vs Samoa game in the 2003 Rugby World Cup.
You can see how easy it is for a rugby player to hurt the nerves coming off from the side of their neck during a tackle too.
The nerves damaged in a stinger injury are the brachial plexus group of the neck. More specifically than the group being trapped you will get one or two nerve roots leaving the neck injured. So this could be a C5, C6 or C7 trapped nerve pain going into the arm.
The stinger injury to the neck tends to occur when the head is pushed to one side and the shoulder is dropped down the other way. This creates an overstretched effect on the spinal nerves exiting the cervical spine.
In severe cases these nerves can rupture leaving permanent nerve damage in arm.
Stinger or burners tend to be sporting injuries.
An example when this occurs is when a rugby player goes in for a tackle, NFL football players, neck crank moves in mixed martial arts …
A stinger can happen say falling off a bicycle like on the road or mountain. Also have a motorbike accident where the shoulder hits the ground first and the head is bent to the side with the helmet.
Here are some of the symptoms a person who has had a stinger trapped nerve injury might say:
These are just some symptoms someone with a possible stinger injury might say to their doctor.
How to treat a stinger condition depends on the severity of damage to the nerve(s).
Just like a trapped nerve in your neck problem these stinger pain episodes can last awhile whilst the nerves heals. A stinger/burner can be very short-lived thankfully as well as the overstretched on the nerve didn’t create long-term damage.
So time is one healer. Treating the stinger like a trapped nerve is the best option.
If the injury was sports related like a bad rugby tackle or scrum then no sport is the start. Repeating the risk of stretching the nerves in your neck won’t let them heal.
If there is pain maybe specific nerve pain medication is needed.
So stingers or burners can happen. They are because of a overstretch of the nerves leaving the neck going into the arms. The injury can be short-lived and mild to a chronic long-term damage one.
Have you had a stinger injury? How long did it take you to recover and did you do something specific to help treat your injury? Let me know in a comment below.
Here is a patient information leaflet that gives you some more information on stinger injuries.
When you have a neck pain sometimes you feel like if only someone could traction my neck to take the pressure off the nerve. You might have had a physio or chiropractor do some neck traction on you and felt the difference and wanted to do that yourself at home. Today I want to look at little bit more into home cervical traction equipment and what is generally recommended if you do neck traction treatment at home. Continue reading
People who click their necks all the time can develop chronic neck pain. I have seen that most people can handle chronic lower back pain better than they can chronic pain and stiffness in the neck. I think, this is because our lower back is further away from our brains, so we can “cut it off” easier from your mind. However, with a neck ache there’s no hiding from it it is just right there all the time.
This comes by to why would someone try manipulate their own neck. There have been many times I have seen people who had an old neck injury trying to give themselves some neck stiffness relief by trying to ‘click’ their own necks. Well I found the craziest video on “How to Click Your Back” I have ever seen. This girl will make you think damn can that be healthy for your joints. Continue reading
I read today how an increase in whiplash claims are being blamed in the UK for car insurance premiums going up by 82% in a year for some people. The sky news article said the AA has found that even with accidents having dropped there are 200 whiplash claims a day in the UK, wow! This got me thinking a bit more about whiplash and so I want to show you how whiplash is classified and what are some of the whiplash treatment options recommended.
Hopefully you should understand a bit more at the end what whiplash actually is, so you know why you have been quoted higher car insurance premiums. Oh and I found out examples of how much money these whiplash insurance claims can make at the bottom of the article. Continue reading
Generally we all know that exercise is recommended for us because to maintain our overall health status. So we need to exercise our bodies. You may be wondering “How do I exercise my neck though?” Today I want to show you a simple neck exercise called cervical isometric contractions.
The idea behind an isometric contraction of a neck muscle is to strengthen the muscles in a way not to create movement. This is to help control some types of neck pains which are made worse with movement. I found a video showing you how to do a series of neck isometric contractions from a spinal surgeon. This video below shows you how to perform neck exercises in a safe way even after having neck surgery. Continue reading
Have you ever heard of something called a cervical spondylotic myelopathy? I know very long medical terminology, but there are times when what you think is a simple trapped nerve in your arm could be more a chronic problem with your neck. I’ll explain what I mean below.
Most of the time it is just a case of the neck joints or neck muscles being tight, however, there might also be a localised herniated disc in your neck. If you have seen on a x-ray chronic wear and tear changes in your cervical spine then you could potentially get a problem called cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM). That is why in today’s article I want to try help you understand a bit more about what this type of chronic neck pain and stiffness condition is all about, its symptoms, the common causes and how to treat the resultant nerve damage.
I came across a great educational video today showing you what a trapped nerve in your neck looks like on a MRI scan. There have been so many times a patient will come into to see the chiropractor carrying, under their arms, the tons of MRI films of their necks. The patient does not understand what all the grey pictures mean, but something must explain the pain.
If you have had a MRI scan done on your neck before, to try diagnose a pinched nerve problem in your neck, then you will definitely enjoy the video. The video below will hopefully give you that ‘aha’ moment. You will get in both easy language and explanation from a spinal surgeon what the grey MRI scan images actually mean. Continue reading
Bakody’s sign is an orthopaedic test to help diagnose a cervical radiculopathy condition. It is a medical test also known as the shoulder abduction test. It can be classified as a orthopaedic test of the cervical spine. It is said to be as definitive as Spurling’s Test for determining cervical foraminal compression, and is much less painful to perform for the patient.
You may have read me mentioning the Bakody’s sign position in my article on how to help a trapped nerve in the neck. You might be wondering what I was talking about? Well I’ll explain more about it in this post. The best thing about this particular orthopaedic test is that it is not only a diagnostic tool, but can be used as a treatment tool as well!
Are you suffering an electric pain that is running into your shoulder, down the arm & into the elbow or wrist? Did you know this simple arm movement could help you get some instant pain relief? I will tell you more about this easy to do nerve tension test. I explain why & how to do the test, and why I recommend it as also as home treatment advice for helping patients to control nerve pain in the arm. Continue reading
A herniated disc in your neck is a common cause for a trapped nerve. Trapped nerve pain is one of the worst pains in the world as it is a type of neurogenic (nerve) pain.
“What is a cervical disc?” and “why can a disc herniate and pinch a nerve in your neck?” Today I will talk about a cervical disc herniation causing a trapped nerve in neck and trapped nerve in shoulder, the anatomy of a cervical disc herniation, and what is the most common cervical spinal nerve to be pinched. This should help you how you would know your neck and shoulder pain could be from this commonly trapped nerve. Continue reading
Recently in the clinic I seem to have had many patients coming in complaining of having a trapped nerve in neck pain.
The first thing everyone says is: “I think I have a pinched nerve”.
They say this whilst trying to look at me with their head slightly bent to one side and their neck looking like a Frankenstein stuck in a bolt and nut through it so stiff.
This is a classic story many chiropractors will tell you that they have seen before. Many patients come through their doors having woken-up with a stiff neck which progressively got a lot worse through the day. The inside of the right or left shoulder-blade, shoulder or arm might be killing them as well.
So I thought I would tell you what I have seen as the two most common causes, symptoms of a pinched nerve, and 12 tips for what you can do yourself to get some pain relief today. Continue reading
A patient recently came into the clinic with a new complaint of a neck injury during an amateur cage fight contest that he lost by tapping out to a mixed martial art (MMA) submission move called a neck crank.
The MMA neck crank technique involves pushing the neck to one side as much as possible till the opponent submits to the pain and needs to tap out of the pressure. This is why my patient lost his amateur fight.
The reason he came to the Chiropractic clinic was because he noticed his left triceps muscle was weak during push-ups with pins and needles and pain running down his left arm. This looked to me like a case of a pinched nerve in the neck. If you haven’t seen before how the cage fighting neck crank move is done exactly then I have two videos of how to do the neck crank. One is by legendary professional MMA fighter, Bas Rutten. You’ll get to see why the patient may have badly irritated a nerve in his neck. Continue reading