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    Earlier this week I was diagnosed with Neck Sprain / Neck Spasms. I climb alot of wind turbines, so Im imagining something may related to doing that may have caused it. ANYWHOO, The pain/tightness varies from my neck, traps and to my upper/outer tricep region. I have been ordered to "take it easy". Long story short, I love working out, the inability to do so is killing me. Does anyone have an idea about generally how long it takes to bounce back and get back to lifting after such an injury?
    Thanks a bunch.

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    I pulled my neck muscles quite badly during training for pull ups. Took about a month to get back to normal (didn't do hardly any upper body training during that time unfortunately). I still have to go easy on the pull ups at the moment - this was a couple of months ago FWIW.

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    • #3
      Are you getting any massage therapy?
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      • #4
        I have been having neck and shoulder problems for a while too. My (conventional) doc said to be sure my pillows were right for me. (I sleep on my sides and need pillow(s) high enough for my shoulders or the shoulders get smashed.)
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        • #5
          no massages, just alot of heat and some mild muscle relaxers

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            After a wreck, I was diagnosed with multiple cervical protrusions (the milder version of a slipped disc.) I was given anti- inflammatories, muscle relaxers, pain killers, exercises and told to go to phys therapy. I only took the anti- inflammatories, I rarely remember to do the exercises, I didn't go to PT, and I'm feeling almost 100%. I'm switching to a buckwheat pillow tonight to see if it helps. I'll keep you posted.
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            • #7
              I just feel terrible, since my weight room is my temple, and I feel like I'm losing my religion. /

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              • #8
                How long did you feel it took you to be confident to begin resuming regular exercise in the area? I can feel my injury getting slightly loser, but I still do have times when it feels really spasmic.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by TheTND View Post
                  I just feel terrible, since my weight room is my temple, and I feel like I'm losing my religion. /
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                  • #10
                    haha , right now its me in the corner....

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                    • #11
                      Hi TheTND

                      Unfortunately due to an old injury (car accident) I get neck/shoulder spasms every now and then. It isn't even that predictable for me. I can lift, push and carry heavy things no problem and then one day I'll just turn my head and bamm...spasm.

                      Anyways my regimen is heat and muscle relaxants like you but I also add in alternating cold with the heat. If I catch it soon enough it doesn't last long but I have to be careful when I start moving again. A little too much and it will go right in to spasm again. Usually when I feel it loosening I start with gentle movements and stretching. If I feel any sort of twitch or twang I stop. That's enough. Some pain is okay it's the twangs and twitches you have to watch out for as it can go right back into bad spasm. Rest and heat and cold again. I keep doing that and it slowly gets better. I went through months of therapy and it's vital with any sort of back or neck injury to move it while it heals but it's a balance between too much and too little. The general rule, pain is okay and can be worked through but spasmy, twitchy pain isn't so much.

                      Hope this helps a little.

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