i think i pinched a nerve?

  • ckscksckscks

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    Sep 23, 2014 10:49 PM GMT
    hey realjock,

    i was doing a shoulder exercise (lifting 25lb plate up and back down, arms straight), and have since (5 days now) felt a tightness in my lower neck / upper back, only on the left side. i've roller massaged with a foam roller and soft rubber ball and rested, but it still feels tight when i stretch my neck to down & to the right.

    is this a pinched nerve? what should i do?
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    Sep 23, 2014 11:41 PM GMT
    Could be a herniated disk...

    http://www.spine-health.com/conditions/herniated-disc/whats-a-herniated-disc-pinched-nerve-bulging-disc
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    Sep 24, 2014 2:05 AM GMT
    Well, yes it COULD be a herniated disc but I highly doubt it. Have you tried icing it? Ice works miracles with overstrained muscles. Try icing it at least three times a day. It's annoying but it really does work. Plus ice can't make anything worse. Personally, I'd also try gently stretching it between icing.

    Keep in mind the shoulders are one of the most easily injured parts of the body because there are so many different heads to it that overlap. Alway warm your shoulders up very very well and start out extremely light and slowly work your way up. A 25lb plate doesn't sound like a dangerous weight for your size (that is if you were using both hands and you built up gradually.)
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    Sep 24, 2014 10:10 PM GMT
    Sounds painful. If it were me, I would lay off anything that may aggravate it for a couple of weeks. If there was no improvement after that, I would seek medical advice. Good luck.
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    Sep 24, 2014 10:57 PM GMT
    ckscksckscks saidhey realjock,

    i was doing a shoulder exercise (lifting 25lb plate up and back down, arms straight), and have since (5 days now) felt a tightness in my lower neck / upper back, only on the left side. i've roller massaged with a foam roller and soft rubber ball and rested, but it still feels tight when i stretch my neck to down & to the right.

    is this a pinched nerve? what should i do?


    i'm not sure, but injuries can last a very long time, so take it easy and be sure you don't make it worse. i'd go to a doctor if it doesn't go away soon with rest, especially being back pain..
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    Sep 25, 2014 5:38 AM GMT
    You can see an orthopedic doctor, or you can research the tests for a tear, a herniation, a pull, etc. These are things that usually are simple to test for. MRI confirms soft tissue injuries, but, most of the tests are range of motion type things. You likely have a bit of a pull from a momentum injury. Maybe should think about your exercise method.

    If it's a grade 1 or grade 2 tear (you didn't mention any bleeding, so it's likely not a tear), it'll heal, in time. You might have pulled your back out a bit, but, you'll usually be able to feel it, and...doing bench press, or twists, or foam roller, or, for low back, leg presses, will usually pop your back in. Manipulation, i.e., chiropractor can sometimes get it out of spasm, if it is, but, that manipulation can also encourage laxity, so, it's not all that great of an idea.

    I am not a doctor, but, you can easily research this yourself. First line treatment is RICE:
    Rest
    Ice
    Compression
    Elevation.

    Standard protocol for athletic injuries.

    Likely, it'll calm down in a few days. Make sure you control the weight, through an entire range of motion, and not the other way around.
  • MarvelClimber

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    Sep 25, 2014 3:45 PM GMT
    In addition to Chuck's advice above, make sure to keep your body balanced. You should be working out antagonistic muscles as well.
  • ckscksckscks

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    Sep 25, 2014 3:59 PM GMT
    thanks y'all. it's clearing up -- i think it was a ligament or tendon that got pinched, not a nerve.. will try icing it later.
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    Sep 25, 2014 6:03 PM GMT
    Take your time - don't mess with your neck. If you aggravate and worsen it you could have problems for life.
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    Sep 27, 2014 3:47 AM GMT
    eagermuscle saidTake your time - don't mess with your neck. If you aggravate and worsen it you could have problems for life.


    This makes perfect sense to me. See an MD or atleaswt talk to somebody in sports medicine at your gym
  • LJay

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    Sep 27, 2014 9:20 PM GMT
    If it does not feel significantly better by Monday, go to see a doctor. Could be minor, could develop into a mess. Be safe.
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    Oct 10, 2014 8:57 PM GMT
    And the verdict is...?
  • Destinharbor

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    Oct 13, 2014 3:59 PM GMT
    I realize this thread is over but thought I'd add one more thing-- The one lasting thing I got out of P90X is a stretching exercise for the neck and shoulders. I used to to get issues in that area all the time, partly from the exercise, partly from job stress. Once I started doing this after warm up cardio but before any lifting, no matter what I am working on that day, the problems stopped and never came back.

    Stand straight up with your arms at your side, fingers stretched as far down as you can like you're trying to touch the floor. Then slowly roll your head down and across your chest to the other side. Back and forth. Do this 6 or 7 times and neck/trap soreness goes away forever. Tension, too.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Nov 05, 2014 7:09 AM GMT
    ckscksckscks saidthanks y'all. it's clearing up -- i think it was a ligament or tendon that got pinched, not a nerve.. will try icing it later.


    Next time let me know, I'll rub it outicon_razz.gif