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#1 Velvetta

Posted 16 December 2012 - 05:23 PM

I'm asking in WDYT because I fly to New Zealand  this week, and have a lot of driving to do. For a whole week my neck and lower head at the back have been stiff and sore, the type you get from sleeping with your head in a bad position, but i have a supportive firm latex pillow that I find very comfortable.
I can't turn my head to the left or roll it without pain. It's radiating into my head so it feels like a headache.

I  have no idea what the best treatment is for it. I know it may pass with time, but I'd really like to speed it up.
So - osteopath? chiropractor? acupuncture? massage? Chinese medicine? GP?.......

Who could help?

I've had this sort of thing before but never so long lasting or severe.

Thanks in advance

#2 Expelliarmus

Posted 16 December 2012 - 05:25 PM

I have tried physio for it but find chiropractic gives instantaneous relief and lasts longer than a physiotherapy treatment - especially when it's giving me the piercing headache that makes me want to smack the other side of my head repeatedly with a hammer.

#3 Escapin

Posted 16 December 2012 - 05:27 PM

I get that reasonably frequently and my physio really helps. You do need a decent physio tho! If you're in inner west Sydney I can PM you her details...

#4 Velvetta

Posted 16 December 2012 - 05:33 PM

That instant and lasting chiro treatment sounds good howdo.

I'm in northern nsw, but I'd travel to Brisbane or the Gold Coast if necessary provided I could get an appointment in the next 2 days.

#5 Feral*Spikey*

Posted 16 December 2012 - 05:39 PM

You want either a physiotherapist or a chiropractor.

The main differences between physiotherapy and chiropractic in private practice come from the origins of each profession. While Physiotherapists evolved out of a combination of massage, manual therapy and rehabilitative exercises. Chiropractic has evolved from the use of spinal manipulations to treat pain and dysfunction.

As such, physiotherapists still tend to use more massage, manual therapy and exercises, while chiropractors tend to utilize far more manipulation during treatments.

Although the professions will always have their differences – as technology and research progress, the knowledge base of physiotherapists and chiropractors become more and more similar as both professions learn what treatments are most effective for musculoskeletal conditions and use evidence based research to guide their practice.

In either case: whether it be physio, chiro or any other treating practitioner- if you are looking for a professional to assist with the treatment of a musculoskeletal problem – The most important aspects in selecting a treating practitioner remain the same:

-The therapist should listens to you and understand your concerns and problems.
-The therapist must understand why it is important to you that the problems are addressed and corrected.
- The therapist should use only treatments that have been proven to be effective.
- The therapist should have knowledge and experience of treating similar injuries and understand how to get the best results.
- The therapist should constantly involve the patient in the process and their recovery.

I had a neck problem (couldn't look over my left shoulder) that I saw a physio for. She fixed it, and it has not returned. I prefer massage and heat to manipulation. But that's just me.

#6 Mamabear2010

Posted 16 December 2012 - 05:39 PM

Acupuncture gives instantaneous relief too. Love it.

Physio is another option but often they have to massage quite firmly.

#7 Velvetta

Posted 16 December 2012 - 05:43 PM

Oh gosh now I'm more confused! I've had acupuncture and massage before but nothing else. I'm completely open to all options.
I guess it'll come down to who can see me tomorrow or Tuesday.

#8 frizzle

Posted 16 December 2012 - 05:45 PM

I saw a great chiro in surfers when we were holidaying there. I had a pinched nerve in my back and got instant relief. I can find his details if you like.

#9 Velvetta

Posted 16 December 2012 - 05:47 PM

QUOTE (frizzle @ 16/12/2012, 05:45 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I saw a great chiro in surfers when we were holidaying there. I had a pinched nerve in my back and got instant relief. I can find his details if you like.

Yes please frizzle!

#10 Feral*Spikey*

Posted 16 December 2012 - 05:50 PM

See, I wouldn't do accupuncture because I want the underlying issue fixed, rather than the pain relief effect. Unless it was for a very short term fix.

Can I also suggest that if you go Chiro, that you follow up with some massage and heat packs to loosen up the muscles? If you've been stuck for a couple of days, they are really going to tell you about it...

(and get one of those neck support pillows for the plane!!!!!)

#11 Gumbette

Posted 16 December 2012 - 06:14 PM

QUOTE (Velvetta @ 16/12/2012, 06:33 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
That instant and lasting chiro treatment sounds good howdo.

I'm in northern nsw, but I'd travel to Brisbane or the Gold Coast if necessary provided I could get an appointment in the next 2 days.

I love my chiro, but if you've never been to one an osteo might be better, they do a bit of a massage before re-aligning you.  Same ending, but the journey's just a bit smoother.

#12 SplashingRainbows

Posted 16 December 2012 - 06:17 PM

I went to my GP for a similar issue and she gave me some resistance exercises to do at home and they worked quite quickly. Significantly better the next day.

Instructions were to see a physio if the pain and inability to move neck continued after doing the excercises for  24 hours.

I was very skeptical but it did work.

I love my GP.

Op I would stick to a physio rather than chiro and ask for exercises to do at home to help.

#13 Tarantara

Posted 16 December 2012 - 06:20 PM

I find physio to be best for getting relief. If necessary, they can tape you which can be an amazing help.

As well as having ongoing neck issues, I have had a few instances of acute wry neck and physio has been the best treatment.

I have seen chiro, osteo and acupuncturist as well (throwing everything I can at annoying neck issues) but would say a good physio is best.

#14 Spring Chickadee

Posted 16 December 2012 - 06:22 PM

I've had back and be k problems for as long as I can remember. I've seen both physios and chiros. My current Chiro gives me instant relief. My migraine will literally vanish. But there are loads of crap chiros out there so see if your friends can recommend a good one.

#15 Fr0g

Posted 16 December 2012 - 06:24 PM

I would go and have some ultrasound with a physio, and use a heat pack on it!

Aahhhh.... ultrasound....

#16 Velvetta

Posted 16 December 2012 - 06:34 PM

I didn't know ultrasound was a treatment; thought it was a diagnostic

Thank you for confusing me y'all! I'll see who I can get in with tomorrow.

#17 Tarantara

Posted 16 December 2012 - 06:43 PM

Ultrasound treatments are pretty winning. Also (and this might sound stupid) take drugs! If you're taking any other medicines get to the GP and check the best drug regime to relieve the pain you are having.

I grew up with a mother who never, ever, ever drugged us with anything unless specifically prescribed by a Dr. She treated Panadol as if it was the first step in a two step process that went 1. Panadol, 2. Heroin addict.

It has taken me many years as an adult to realise that the occaisional Panadol, nurofen, voltaren or even Mersyndol can be very helpful in providing relief. I also found Panadol Osteo to be useful.

#18 Amy 1976

Posted 16 December 2012 - 07:20 PM

Your symptoms sound a bit like it could be a wry neck. A chiro or physio should be able to provide almost instant relief if it is.

Just be careful with heat packs as heat can aggravate inflammation. I strongly suggest some professional advice before using any treatment.

(I've had a wry neck before so I'm basing my suggestion on personal experience, not on any expertise in treating sore necks)

Hope you feel better soon.

#19 i-candi

Posted 16 December 2012 - 09:09 PM

When I get a stiff neck I take Voltarin and make sure I keep rolling my neck around - sort of exercising it, I push it as far as I can stand without creating heaps of pain.

#20 bluedragon

Posted 16 December 2012 - 09:48 PM

I will preface this by saying I'm quite biased as my mother is a physio  wink.gif

A physio would be the best because of the muscular involvement, they are much better at soft tissue problems than chiros. Also I wouldn't go anywhere near a Chiro for neck problems, it can be dangerous to manipulate necks, my mother no longer does this, ever. Gentle mobilisation is ok (gentle pressure to the vertebrae to increase range of movement) manipulation (where you get that crack sound) is not good for necks.

In the mean time put a heat pack on and if you have some one willing some gentle massage will help. Keep moving and possibly try some stretches if you can tolerate it.

Ultrasound used by physics is different from imaging ultrasound. It basically delivers heat (like a heat pack) deeper into the muscle. It's really good original.gif

Hope it gets better in time for your flight!

#21 Expelliarmus

Posted 16 December 2012 - 10:56 PM

The chiropractic treatment I get includes ultrasound, massage and gentle manipulation, followed by heat packs and stetching to do at home  ...

What kind of chiros are you all going to?

#22 Acidulous Osprey

Posted 17 December 2012 - 12:22 AM

Some of the old school ones are brutal.  It might be effective but ouch!

#23 Velvetta

Posted 17 December 2012 - 11:40 AM

Well I saw a guy in Tweed Heads this morning, thanks to a cancellation. Very busy clinic. They took xrays (too many for my liking). They said that my neck verbebrae were going the wrong way and my left side was 9 cm higher than my right, which makes me sound like Quasimodo... and then after a quick consult I was onto a clunky bed thing and various manipulations were done, which bloody hurt and were scary.
It has eased it a bit, but there's still pain.

He said no heat packs, just cold packs and no head rolling!

I have to go back on Wednesday.

I'm thinking I'll need voltaren anyway.

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