My neck, my back... (they both hurt, not THAT song)
January 3, 2011 7:24 AM Subscribe
Help me end my intense back and neck pain and figure out the best way to go about doing it!
posted by darkgroove to Health & Fitness (10 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Quick overview about me: 27 years old, 145 pounds (slightly underweight but with an athletic build), eat well, go to the gym 3 times a week. Doc told me I had mild scoliosis over a year ago.
A little over six months ago, my neck started acting funny. When I would ride my bike I noticed that it pained me to turn my neck to the left (so I could see if cars/people were behind me). Moving it to the right was better, but I felt the my mobility was being limited. Additionally, if I rode without holding onto the handlebars, there was a natural tendency for the bike to veer to the right (I think it was the right) and I never felt like my body was properly seated on the bike (as in, it felt like one side of me was ever so slightly higher than the other).
Flash forward to now. When I walk, my left leg feels slightly longer as if you were walking with one shoe on and one shoe off (just not as extreme). My lower back will kill me one day and be fine the next. My neck is extremely stiff. I can move it from side to side, and it KILLS to do so, but I can do it.
The real question here is not so much what should I do (I'll take ideas though) but who I should go to first to figure out how to fix this problem (doctor, physical therapist, etc). I'm young and shouldn't have problems walking, especially when it happened over the course of one year. I only forsee it getting worse if I don't treat it in some way. The only reason I haven't done anything about it recently is because I have had so much going on in my life that I didn't have time to do anything about it.
Thank you guys, I'm really looking forward to taking the right steps to get this rectified.