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Tightness,back and neck ache problem, crunching and clicking noise. What is treatment?

TiHello, I am a 29 year old female. I have had muscle tightness and back/ neck ache problems for 10 years. This started when I was made to carry very heavy loads and sleep in a bed with a broken bottom that curved. My neck constantly got stuck in one direction. Since then, with sleeping in a good bed and being careful about how much I carried it got a lot better. However, a year ago I went backpacking for 2 months and my heavy backpack seems to have totally done my back in. By the end of my trip I was in a lot of pain and couldn t bare to lift anything. I also got a wierd crunching and clicking noise which everyone (not just me) can hear when I move my neck or shoulders. It doesn t particularly hurt, but it is very uncomfortable. I have tried stretching and taking ibroprophane, but it has now been a year and although I am not often in pain, the sound is still there. I am very worried about it. Do you know what it is? and if anything can be done about it? My doctor had no answer for me :(
Asked On : Sat, 2 Mar 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Feb 2014
Thanks for writing to us

It's not uncommon in young people like yourself to have these neck pains. These as you might have figured out are posture related. Though self limiting, it need not be underestimated.

All you need to do is correct your posture habits, like appropriate neck position while working on computer, avoiding pillow while sleeping, or while making sudden movements. I assure you this discomfort will go away unless you do something to aggravate it in your routine. That may also include the yoga you do, and you should consider suspending it until the pain goes away completely. You can gradually resume them and even do neck isometric exercises, which you can learn from a physiotherapist near you

I do hope that you have found something helpful and I will be glad to answer any further query.
Answered: Wed, 28 Aug 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement Dr. K. Naga Ravi Prasad's  Response
Jul 2013
Hi, thanks for writing to HCM.

Audible clicking and grating sensations occuring during movements of neck or shoulder indicate degenerative arthritic changes. This implies that the smooth articulating surfaces have become rough producing typical clicking sensations during movements.

These do not indicate a serious problem underneath but states the worn out condition of the joint.

Physiotherapy for strenghthening of the paravertebral muscles is of the neck is of paramount importance to maintain the stability and posture of cervical spine.

Hope this information is helpful. Good day
Answered: Wed, 28 Aug 2013
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