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Tight and sore neck, taking massage therapy. Should go for chiropractor? Muscular or skeletal problem?

I am a hairdresser with 20 years experience and have had neck issues - tightness, soreness. I saw a doctor about 5 weeks ago when it got really bad - the pain is now traveling into my arms and affecting my sleep. She prescribed massage therapy and muscle relaxers. I have had 6 massages and gone thru the prescription (i still have a refill) of the muscle relaxers and it hasn t gotten much better at all. I recently went to a chiropractor and after taking x-rays, he wants to put me on a nearly 2-year program with him because he says my spine is out of whack especially in the neck area. I really think it is a muscular problem rather than a skeletal problem so i am iffy on whether to keep going to the chiropractor. I have another appt with my doctor for next week to discuss this but was curious if you have any thoughts?
Asked On : Wed, 6 Jun 2012
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Your complain suggest that you are having symptoms of cervical spondylitis. i would suggest you to take following steps.
1.Avoid using very high pillow or a very soft mattress
2. Take tablet Pregabalin and Methylcobalamine daiy
3.Apply hot water fomentation and Diclofenec ointment at neck
4.continue doing neck muscle strengthening exercises
5.Myoril or Myospaz are muscle relaxant if pain and tightness is very severe
MRI needed if symptoms persist after these steps.
Answered: Fri, 28 Mar 2014
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