Thank you for your question.
All the symptoms you have described point to two diagnoses- 1. Cervical spondylosis
2. Pain related to muscular activity. Let's discuss these.
During dancing activities your neck goes through complex motion requiring repititive muscle actions. Muscular pain
comes from either fatigue because of repititive use or from muscle spasms secondary to strain. Cervical spondylosis is in simple terms is arthritis of neck vertebrae where the discs degenerate and bony spurs called osteophytes develop on bones. Increased degeneration of intervertebral discs may eventually lead to instability of the spinal segments where one vertebra abnormally moves on the next one. This is called spondylolisthesis
. An MRI can diagnose changes in the disc and when the changes of arthritis and instability are advanced they can be seen on Xrays. Lordosis seen in your neck is the normal curvature where your spine is swayed backwards with convexity in front. Since you have been having pain for over 2 years, an MRI of cervical spine
is recommended if you already haven't had one.
Treatment options are
1 Structured physical therapy
(to be avoided in painful phase) and posture training.
2 Muscle relaxant
medications and local gels
3 Local heat and massage
4 Local spine injections as guided by a spine surgeon
Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.