There's something different waiting for you. I'm not suggesting gliding, per se.
Several months ago I was doing scapula-retracted pull ups and began having rhomboid pain. Worse than the pain was a "lack of feeling" to the rhomboids - like I could not contract the muscle and could not adduct my scapula. Upon an EMG test it showed good innervation (though very ropy) to the levator but not good innervation to the rhomboid. My guess is the DSN is trapped, perhaps between the levator and the rhomboid.
There are lots of muscles in spasm in my upper back and neck hurts often. I've had a c-spine MRI so I think the spasm and pain is due to compensation from the rhomboids not working. Have you come across this kind of thing? How was it fixed?
Hello Eddy, What your describe, deep upper back pain in essence, is one of the most difficult conditions treated at the chiropractic coalface.
Firstly, in my book at least, unless you are training for the Mr Universe title remember than the gym is supposed to bring you better health, not injure and make you miserable.
I would recommend you spend some time considering just what you are trying to achieve by going to the gym. From my side it's looking like it's costing you a lot of money, and causing a lot of pain.
Pull downs often provoke this, and I would guess the pull ups you describe are much the same.
The difficulty lies in the diagnosis; sometimes it's purely a muscular issue, often a rib or upper thoracic subluxation, and not infrequently a lower cervical spine injury, affecting the C5 nerve root; hence the dorsal scapular nerve involvement.
Often in the latter case the pain also radiates down the arm making it more difficult.
It's fixed in the first instance by stopping doing what is causing it; if banging your head on the wall hurts, don't do it!
The difficult part is that it would seem you have what is probably an old injury to your neck; serious enough for your doctor to have ordered an MRI.
Research shows that once you have a pain like this for six months, no matter what the treatment, you have it for the rest of your life.
You obviously need to see musculo skeletal practitioner, and with some urgency.
Refocusing one's sporting activity is never easy. I recall the pain of having to give up squash racquets because of my lower back; I was miserable for six months until I discovered gliding; far more interesting and challenging than squash. There's something different waiting for you.
I hope this helps; probably not what you want to hear!
1. Mr S is a 76 year old man with neck pain of some 9 months duration. Luckily, most of the discomfort is upper cervical which is only rarely arthritic; his lower cervical spine is a degenerative mess that I've left alone. After seven treatments his pain and stiffness is 50 percent better, and he's happy in the circumstances. He can sleep through the night now and that makes a huge difference.
2. Mr P is 32 year old man with very severe lower back pain radiating to the big toe which is 30 percent numb. He had an episode three weeks ago, took anti inflammatories and was soon better as is typical of the medial disc herniation. But before it healed, after a trivia it came roaring back, much worse. The characteristic crossed sign was evident; sitting in a chair, straightening the right leg provoked severe left back pain and tingling in the leg. He's doing well.
3. Severe lower back pain is scary; just ask Mrs P. Just watching her get out of the car I she was in trouble; she had a slipped disc at L4 making her lean towards the opposite side; luckily she had no pain in the leg. Despite family pressure that this was far too severe for a chiropractor, she persevered. Within five days she was standing upright, and after two weeks almost painfree.
Despite a hectic job, she wisely took my advice and stayed home for what I call exercising bed rest.
4. Mr S has had lower back, groin and back of thigh and calf pain for fourth months.
He has a pincer deformity in the hip causing the stabs in the groin, and a degenerative facet causing the sciatica. Both are responding well to chiropractic and he's well pleased; sixty five percent better after three treatments.
5. Mr T is a wise man; he's taken a warning TIA seriously and has lost 15 pounds, and has at least as much again to lose. A change to a low starch diet and half hour daily walk has made the difference; but the walking is making his foot and back miserable. The expensive orthotic is hopeless; luckily his hips and back are fine, but he needs a simple heel lift.
6. I too have had serious lower back issues, luckily fixed by my own chiropractor; so I too have to do my exercises, take care when lifting supers full of honey, gardening and using the chainsaw. Regaining the function of your spine is just as important as the pain.
7. My own granddaughter, only 7 is hypermobile giving her pelvic, knee and ankle issues. Xrays show a mildly dysplastic hip. Years ago we would have called it growing pains. She too regularly needs chiropractic care and luckily responds well. Increased range of motion is more difficult than too stiff in my opinion. Our care is for kids too.
8. This 65 year old lady is a serious gardener; every day she is bending, lifting and digging for 2 to 3 hours a day. It regularly catches her in the sacroiliac joint, so she has a treatment once a month that sorts it out. She does her lower back exercises faithfully.
9. This 88 year old lady is an inspiration; every day she is busy in the community. With a nasty scoliosis she manages very well with a chiropractic adjustment every six weeks and exercises faithfully done.
10. Mr X is a 71 year old retired man who wants to continue with maintenance care every six to eight weeks; he had suffered from two years of lower back pain when he first came a year ago. He has no discomfort now after 8 chiropractic treatments, but is aware that danger lurks.
11. Mrs C has been having severe headaches, and taking a lot of analgesics. It's a non complicated upper cervical facet syndrome, and she's doing well.
12. Mr D is a 38 old year man with chronic shoulder pain after a rotator cuff tear playing cricket. It responded well to treatment, but he knows he must do his exercises every day; for two years he couldn't sleep on that shoulder.
13. Mr D, a 71 year old man, has a severe ache in the shoulder and midback
since working above his head. Trapped nerve tests are negative but he
has advanced degenerative joints of Luschka; after just two treatments
he is 50 percent better. Can we reach 90?
And so the day goes; chiropractors shouldn't be treating the elderly most medical sites state but that's so much bunkum.
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