Lindsey came into our office due to pain she was having in her upper back and neck. Due to 2020 and all the craziness that has come with the year she was sitting more than usual at her desk and was also moving much less throughout the day. Over the last few months Lindsey started to develop neck, upper back and headaches.
Lindsey had a few past neck injuries, but this time was much worse and her neck was affecting her to much throughout the day. She heard about our clinic through a co-worker that recommended our clinic.
As a chiropractor that's certified in FAKTR and who frequently sees these conditions we conducted a comprehensive upper back and neck evaluation. We noticed the following findings in Lindsey's upper back and neck exam:
- Significant pain the left and right trapezius muscles in her upper shoulders.
- Weakness of the stabilizer muscles in Lindsey's neck when strength testing.
- Restricted range of motion in the neck and upper spine.
- No neurological findings or red flags associated with the disc injury.
- A history of an auto accident 10 years ago and a few falls which she recovered from well.
Here is a short video of Dr. Jeremy discussing desk sitting.
After evaluating Lindsey, we discussed her condition and her prognosis. We discussed daily activities such as postural positions can affect her back and posture. We also discussed her concerns of not wanting to continue taking medication to help the pain. We also discussed her goals regarding working out.
Lindsey has a condition called cervical and thoracic spine dysfunction.
- Cervical/thoracic spine dysfunction occurs when there is altered joint function or motion
- Spinal dysfunction can lead to headaches known as "cervicogenic" headaches
I discussed with Lindsey our treatment plan. We could achieve the results she desired with a combination of Chiropractic and FAKTR soft tissue therapies and specific exercises for her condition. I explained to Lindsey that we could obtain these results rather quickly with pain reduction over the course of 1 week and the ability to sit more comfortably and get up and down from the floor in 2-3 weeks. I also explained that it may take longer to develop her strength back in her upper back and neck and due to the abnormal muscle patterns that have developed over the course of the last few years from her postural positions. Most of this strength would be developed from a home exercise plan.
Here is the most important exercises I gave Lindsey to stretch and strengthen her upper back and neck.
Following our treatment plan and completing her home exercises Lindsey was making it through the day without headaches and back pain. She has been able to workout at home without pain. Sarah was able to improve the strength of her back without a return of her symptoms and she was able to avoid future medication use.
Lindsey has been just one of many patients who has responded to our treatment of upper back and neck pain. If you are dealing with a similar issue feel free to start with the exercise provided. If these are not enough please reach out to our clinic to book an exam and treatment and we'll get you started on the right path to feeling better!
Thank You for taking the time to read Lindsey's story!
The patients name has been changed to maintain patient privacy.