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Neck pain, stiffness, hurts to move head in certain positions, dizziness. Reason?

Hi. The back of my neck hurts, it feels really stiff and hurts to move my head in certain positions. I feel a bit dizzy also when I move my head certain ways. I had a massage about 3 years ago and the massage therapist said I should probably see a chiropractor because she felt a disc out of place. Could that have gotten worse and be causing my discomfort and dizziness? My insurance doesn t allow chiropractic visits...
Asked On : Sat, 23 Feb 2013
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neck pain and dizziness that you are having. These are suggestive of degenerative spondylottic changes of the cervical spine.
X-ray of neck in lateral view or MRI will help in the diagnosis.
Treatment includes
1. Use of cervical collar helps in immobilisation and brings relief.
2. Medical drugs like pain killers - acetaminophen/ibuprofen and muscle relaxants might be helpful.
3. Cervical isometric exercises are beneficial to maintain the strength of the neck muscles. Neck and upper back stretching exercises, as well as light aerobic activities, also are recommended under the guidance of a physical therapist.
4. Hot fomentation helps in relieving acute symptoms.
5. You can avoid using a pillow.
As you try these measures, I also encourage you to consult an orthopedician for both evaluation and to avail stronger prescription medications (if over the counter medications are not helpful)
I hope this information has been both informative and helpful for you.
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