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Stiffness on the right neck. Done ultrasound, had tissue massage. Using tens unit, heat pad. How to cure?

have stiff neck on the right side that radiates dowm my shoulder, clavicle and deltoid area this has been going on for the past three weeks. went to massage therapist she used ultrasound and deep tissue massage to finish i was on a tens unit. at home i now use my tens unit and heat pad. last year i was in a wreck and had neck problems now out of nowhere here i am again. please help?
Asked On : Tue, 9 Apr 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon 's  Response
Hello, if physiotherapy is not helping you need to see a doctor because it seem from your complains that you have developed cervical disc prolapse with radiculopathy which is causing neck pain to radiate downwards involving C5 nerve root. You need a X-ray of cervical spine AP and lateral view to diagnose the disc space narrowing and a MRI to find out the disc and nerve status. If all ok you might get better with some medication and exercises.
Answered: Tue, 9 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.
What you are experiencing is called 'Radiculopathy'. It basically suggests entrapment of a nerve root in your cervical spine in its origin or course.
It can be caused by lifting weights, episodes of over-exertion during work, long hours on computer, inappropriate posture while sleeping or sitting, lack of proper nutrition-exercises-rest-recreation or any other relevant past medical history.
If it has been persistent or even increasing since few days, you need to visit your orthopaedician. Depending upon the clinical findings they might ask you to get an MRI done, which shall help establish a diagnosis and in turn allow one to formulate a treatment plan.
Hope this helps you.
Wishing you good health...
Dr Saurabh Gupta.
Orthopaedic Surgeon.
Answered: Tue, 9 Apr 2013
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Cardiologist Dr. Anantharamakrishnan's  Response
Hi friend,
Welcome to Health Care Magic

You need neurological examination and/or MRI cervical spine.
The distribution is typical of a irritation of nerve root - may need decompression...
No mention of your age, gender or co-morbidities - to suggest more options...

Take care
Wishing speedy recovery
God bless
Good luck
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