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SEVERE neck pain(7 posts)

SEVERE neck painBrian T
Apr 1, 2002 4:28 PM
I couldn't concentrate on my ride today, my neck got so stiff. I've had a problem with stiffness in the neck for, like, 5 years now. It gets worse when I ride, but today it was unbearable. I don't know what to do. I saw a chiropracter once, and he mentioned something about spasms. It's in the back of my neck and shoulders. If anyone has any suggestions, I'd greatly appreciate them. This is really starting to adversly affect my life.
See a medical doctor. [nm]Ahimsa
Apr 1, 2002 4:43 PM
Ditto the doctorspeedisgood
Apr 1, 2002 6:01 PM
If this has been going on for 5 years, you could have something wrong with just your posture or it could be a problem with the bones in your neck. Go see an orhtopedic doctor to get it checked out.
ditto above advice; also try the hot/cold treatment for musclesTig
Apr 1, 2002 8:09 PM
Time to see a doctor!

This isn't anything new, but a good treatment for severe muscle spasms and strain is a hot and cold treatment cycle. Try 20 minutes of a cold pack/ice, followed by 10-15 minutes of a hot pack. Repeat a few times and you should feel positive results. This really gets the blood going in and out of the affected muscles.

For muscle inflammation relief, I was prescribed 800-1000 mg's (taken with a meal) twice a day of ibuprofen by a good doctor. This high amount is OK as long as it is not for over 1 week.
Yep, see a doc.djg
Apr 2, 2002 7:46 AM
Accept no diagnoses over the internet.

You might also have your bike fit checked--fit problems can really exacerbate neck trouble.
Fit check and ARTbrider
Apr 2, 2002 9:41 AM
Well, first I'd say that if you went to a chiropractor ONCE, unless that chiropractor was ART certified, you didn't do yourself any favors. Find an ART certified chiro in your area and go there. They are trained to do deep-tissue manipulations on a short term basis (2-3 visits, not the normal chiropractic treatment of YEARS of visits). And when you've got your body healed, get the bike fit to you.
What does ART stand for? nmJustride
Apr 2, 2002 8:20 PM