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I'm thinking about trying acupuncture for my chronic neck pain. What can I expect in terms of results? How soon will I see a benefit?12 years 10 weeks ago1353
I'm thinking about trying some acupuncture for my chronic neck pain problem. Are there any reasons to shy away from this treatment?11 years 47 weeks ago1313
I'm totally panicked. I just came back from a car accident that was my fault. I hit the other car head on. Fortunately, I wasn't going very fast. I'm worried the lady in the car will get a whiplash injury and sue me. Is there any chance that front-end collisions cause less injuries than rear-end fender benders?10 years 5 weeks ago1826
I'm weighing the pros and cons of having surgery for a neck problem. I have cervical radiculopathy. What are the long-term benefits and effects of this operation?11 years 6 weeks ago3148
I'm working in a spine center with patients who have cervical spine (neck) disorders. Right now we are using the Short Form-36 survey to measure patients before and after treatment. Is there something more specific we could use for patients with neck problems?11 years 44 weeks ago1350
I've been doing some strengthening exercises for chronic neck pain for a year now. I'm not really seeing any change. What's the next step?13 years 48 weeks ago1371
I've been getting acupuncture and biofeedback for a problem with chronic neck pain and trigger points in the muscles. I've heard they can permanently insert needles or something in trigger points so the person doesn't have to keep going back for therapy. Does this actually work?11 years 22 weeks ago1421
I've been getting joint manipulation for a neck problem that developed after I slept in the wrong position for too long. Sometimes it seems like it's helping. Other times I feel better for a few days and then it goes right back out again. What do you recommend for patients like me?9 years 51 weeks ago1901
I've been getting massages for six months now for chronic neck pain after a car accident. They seem to help, but since I don't have another me to clone (one who doesn't go for massage therapy), I have no idea how I would feel without the massages. Sometimes I wonder if I'm just fooling myself. Is there any evidence that massage really makes a difference?9 years 45 weeks ago2208
I've been going to physical therapy for a whiplash injury in my neck. I notice there are several other people there with the same problem. Wouldn't it make more sense to combine us together in a group instead of treating us each one at a time? Seems like it would save time and money.11 years 49 weeks ago1660
I've been having adjustments for neck and shoulder pain. I've been told it's possible to have a stroke after neck manipulation. How soon would this happen, and how would I know it was happening?16 years 40 weeks ago1519
I've been having headaches for months after a whiplash injury from a car accident. They say there isn't any nerve damage and by now the muscles have recovered. What causes this kind of pain then?13 years 2 days ago1548
I've been having more and more trouble with painful muscles on the right side. I can't see any bruising or redness. I'm not aware of an injury. What could be causing this problem?13 years 22 weeks ago1531
I've been having neck and arm pain on the left side for three months now. I’m supposed to see a physical therapist for this problem. What can I expect from this treatment?13 years 42 weeks ago1834
I've been having neck pain off and on for the last two years after a car accident. What are the chances this will just go away eventually with time?11 years 47 weeks ago1391
I've been having neck pain off and on now for six months. I finally decided to do something about it. My first choice is a chiropractor I saw a couple of years ago. Can the chiropractor tell from the start if I'm going to have a good result?10 years 26 weeks ago1494
I've been having problems with chronic neck and shoulder pain. My doctor wants me to see a physical therapist. I'm thinking there must be people like me already in a group that I could join and save money. How do I find such a group?12 years 2 weeks ago1400
I've been having some neck pain, and I can't turn my head all the way to the left to match how far I can go on the right. My physical therapist assures me that this will all clear up with a few treatments. I'm worried there's more to it than that. What if there's a tumor on one side or some kind of blockage?10 years 6 weeks ago2206
I've been putting it off and putting it off but I'm finally ready to have a neck fusion. It looks like they will have to remove some of the bone around the nerves and then fuse the spine at three levels. Are there any times when this operation just shouldn't be done? Am I one of those cases?12 years 4 weeks ago1371
I've been reading up on neck fusions since I'm expecting to have one this year. I see there are many different views on this subject. Some doctors think it's better to do the surgery from the front of the neck, others from behind. What can you tell me about this?13 years 33 weeks ago1441
I've been thinking about having surgery to take pressure off my spinal cord in the neck area. The doctor tells me it's only a 50-50 chance that the results will improve my situation. Why aren't the odds better?13 years 31 weeks ago1463
I've been to several different chiropractors for neck pain. Sometimes I have just one session. Other times I go for several weeks. It doesn't seem to make a difference how often I go. I get the same amount of pain relief. Does that make sense?14 years 20 weeks ago1451
I've been told hoarseness is a common problem after anterior neck surgery. What causes this?13 years 44 weeks ago1700
I've been told that the neck and arm pain I have is from a condition called cervical myelopathy. No one seems able to tell me if I'll get better or not. What happens to most people with this problem?9 years 22 weeks ago1883
I've been told the best treatment for early whiplash is movement and exercise. I'm not really sure what kind of exercise is good. What should I do?13 years 18 weeks ago1360
I've been told the best treatment for my neck problem is surgery. I've been diagnosed with cervical myelopathy. A laminectomy and fusion of three levels is what the surgeon is recommending. I know a fusion means I won't be able to move my neck. What's the benefit of that?12 years 4 weeks ago1480
I've been told the pain in my neck and shoulder is caused by chronic trigger points. Is there any way to treat this problem?14 years 33 weeks ago1532
I've been trying to do an exercise program to relax but also strengthen the muscles in my neck and shoulders. My biggest problem is that I can't hold heavy weights in my hands. I have a touch of arthritis there. What do you suggest?10 years 29 weeks ago1409
I've got a pair of false teeth, a total hip joint, and two total knee joints. What are my chances of getting a total neck replacement? I've got chronic neck degeneration from a car accident 10 years ago.14 years 5 days ago1383
I've had a pinched nerve off and on in my neck for several years. I'm trying to avoid having surgery, so I've been seeing a physical therapist. It seems to be helping. I really like the traction treatments. That seems to help the most. Since this is an ongoing problem, should I look into getting a traction machine for myself at home?9 years 25 weeks ago2158

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