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Have chronic tension in upper back, shoulders and neck. Is this herniated disc?

I had a massage for the first time yesterday. I've had chronic tension in my upper back, shoulders and neck. I also have mild scoliosis. This morning I was sitting up in bed, rolled my neck and heard a very loud pop from the base of my neck. I now can't move my neck to the right and have extreme sharp cramping pain in my neck and right shoulder. Is this a herniated disc or what? I have a heating pad on now, but I'm getting no relief. Thank you!
Asked On : Sat, 6 Apr 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon 's  Response
Seems you have sprained,take anti-inflammatory with muscle relaxant and use cervical collar for 7days to avoid movement .go to orthopedist if it doesn't help.Hopefully it should work otherwise you would need MRI scan if pain and radiation to arm does'nt abate
Answered: Sat, 6 Apr 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Praveen Tayal's  Response
Thanks for writing to us.
The loud pop that you heard is likely to be due to a muscle spasm. It is best to get an X-ray of the area done if the pain is unbearable to rule out any bone injury. Pain killers and muscle relaxants can provide a short term relief.
I hope this information has been both informative and helpful for you.
Dr. Praveen Tayal
Answered: Sun, 7 Apr 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement Dr. Saurabh Gupta's  Response
Feb 2014
Hello and Welcome to HCM,

Thanks for writing to us.

It seems that you had a muscle pull at neck.

You should give proper rest to your neck and shoulder. Do not lift heavy weights over it.

Antiinflammatory and muscle relaxant will provide some relief.

Take medicines under medical supervision only. Hot fomentation and application of local pain relieving gel will be helpful.. I suggest you to consult an orthopaedician nearby for a detailed examination. You may get the X-ray of the area affected under his/her guidance.

Hope this helps you.

Wishing you good health...


Dr Saurabh Gupta.

Orthopaedic Surgeon.

Answered: Mon, 8 Apr 2013
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