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Upper back to neck pain, area seems to be frozen. X-ray showed straightening of normal cervical lordosis. Normal?

Hi! I m 24 years old, male, from the Philippines. I am sufferring from a pain at my upper back up to my neck part. i think the feeling is the same as that of being tired. it usually feels a bit colder than the other parts of my back. i ve been feeling this for almost four years now and i move my head from left to right every now and then because of the tired feeling . my friends think its a mannerism but it really is not. i had my xray and it only said that there is straightening of the normal cervical lordosis likely due to muscular spasm . aside from that, all is normal. i ve also had a few physical therapy but the pain is still there. help!
Asked On : Thu, 13 Dec 2012
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Feb 2014
Thanks for posting your query.

From description it seems, you might suffering from cervical strain.

I suggest you to consult an orthopaedician nearby for a detailed examination.He or she after diagnosing the condition may refer you for physical therapy. The physical therapist will help you reduce your pain using stretches. The therapist will show you how to do exercises that make your neck muscles stronger

You can take analgesic and muscle relaxant after discussing with your doctor.

You also need some life style modification like-

Do not sit for prolonged period of time in stressful postures
Do not lift heavy weights on head or back
Do not turn from your body but turn your body moving your feet first
Do turn to one side while getting up from lying down
Do the exercises prescribed regularly
Do use firm mattress, thin pillow or butterfly shaped pillow

Wishing you good health
Dr Saurabh Gupta
Answered: Mon, 17 Dec 2012
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