Neck and arm pain with on and off numbness in thumb for about a month. EMG test showed mild C6. My MRI results below.
Hidden Source of Shoulder Pain and Rotator Cuff Tears - Poor Upper Body Positioning The forward head and rounded shoulders are a surprising hidden source of shoulder and rotator Cervical retrolisthesis exercises pain and impingement. The upper arm bone squashes the soft structures of the shoulder capsule against the shoulder bones where the scapula meets the clavicle.
This can cause pain, squashing impingement and rotator cuff injury. How often does this happen? In short, a forward head and rounded shoulders can cause shoulder and upper back and neck pain through many dozens of injurious movement mechanics a day.
Injury adds up over time. It is not true that reaching overhead must impinge the shoulder, or that you need to give up overhead activities. When you use healthy position of the upper body and shoulder, there is no more impinging.
You will be able to go back to many aspects of daily life that require reaching. Healthy reaching is also a built-in stretch that the shoulder needs for good function. A small number of people have a damaged or structurally changed shape to the shoulder bones that can, in some instances, rub during arm motion.
Good positioning also helps in these instances.
In severe cases, for example, dead bone, infection, or a large acromial hook that pierces surrounding tissue, the area needs more medical evaluation and possible surgical repair.
Doing standard shoulder exercises does not fix poor positioning. Often people do their shoulder and neck exercises in the same unhealthy position that damaged it in the first place.
Also A Hidden Cause of Headache Check yourself - when you try to stand or sit "straight" or "pull back your shoulders" - do you do it by jutting your chin up craning the neckyanking the chin inward double-chintensing the neck muscles, trying to pinch the shoulder blades back?
No wonder you hurt. Craning the Neck Craning the neck is surprisingly common, and a major source of neck, disc, facet spine jointand shoulder pain.
Craning may be confused for, even the cause of spondylolisthesis in the neck - a sliding of the vertebrae.
Check to see if you crane your neck to look up, to drink, eat, to reach overhead, to try to stand straight, to read, to dress yourself, and wash in the shower.
Check yourself to see if you jut your chin forward so often in daily life, continuing injurious habits and pain. People are often told to stand up straight by bringing "ears over shoulders" or "pulling their shoulders back. See the drawing of Backman! Get the concept of unrounding the upper spine instead of forcing the neck back to make comfortable healthier upright position.
Are you so tight that you crane your neck to look up, or to try to stand straight? The forced, pinched neck position hurts and can even create a sliding of vertebrae on the one below it, called Spondylolisthesis in general, the top or bottom bone sliding more changes the name to retrolisthesis or anterolisthesis - covered separately on this web site.
No surgery or pills needed - Use the two stretches below to become comfortable holding upright position instead of craning your neck.
Tensing or Effort to Hold Straight Some people keep their head and neck tightly tensely straight. Forced "straight" position is not healthy and not right either.
Relaxed upright position means not tightening the muscles so much they hurt. Overcompensating hurts right at the back of the neck. Pulling the chin in too hard usually hurts at the corners of the side of the neck.
Another specific and common place pain will start from doing this wrong is at the back of the head and neck People susceptible to headaches will get pain, and sometimes enough for nausea from tensing the chin inward and backward too tightly and too much as a way of sitting and standing.
Many people are mistakenly told to do" the double chin exercise" which misses the whole point of what makes healthy normal positioning. It does not teach healthy relaxed position. Strengthening the muscles is not at all what is needed.
Tensing these very muscles like that causes plenty of pain. More about this below. Pinching brings more pain and tightness. Often it is not the shoulders that need bringing back, it is the upper spine that is too rounded or forward.
What is needed is to unround straighten, extend the upper spine and leave the shoulders out of it. Blindly trying to do exercises or therapy moves, and never checking cause and effect, wastes time and health. Leaning backward creates hyperlordosis swayback which is a large hidden cause of lower back ache.Retrolisthesis is an uncommon joint dysfunction that occurs when a single vertebra in the back slips backward along or underneath a disc.
Retrolisthesis is the opposite of spondylolisthesis, which. The following materials are provided as a service to our profession. There is no charge for individuals to copy and file these materials. However, they cannot be sold or used in any group or commercial venture without written permission from ACAPress.
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