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Neck pain/dizziness

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • July 30, 2010
  • 07:29 PM

I'm getting problems with my neck which these days clicks and clacks like an old gate - I'm 57 so hey maybe no surprise. Started with a real clunking sound on my neck when I streched it, progressed to pain and now dizziness which I often get now. I've tried ibuforen and ice spray but not much good. Any advice I could do with some.

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  • Hi, I am a physical therapist. Clicks and noises in general are nothing to be concerned about. If you have pain than I would be concerned. Some times the upper cervical spine can cause dizziness. However, dizziness can also be related to a number of issues. Rather than using an ice spray, use regular ice. Apply the ice bags to your upper and mid neck region, 10 minutes at a time a few times a day. Also watch your posture/positions, specifically when at the computer. Allowing your chin to move forward can cause compression of the upper cervical spine. If the dizziness continues I would see an orthopedic doctor who can determine if the neck may be a contributing factor or if there is another source. Hope this helps. ~JTrempe PT, ATChttp://www.joint-pain-solutions.com
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  • Thanks so much for your advice, the doctor did once say I had a slight curvature of the spine but didn't suggest anything so I think I will go and see an orthopedic doctor as the dizziness and pain in neck are continuing, use the ice as well - plenty in the freezer just never thought of it.
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  • Neck pain and dizziness can be related. Arteries carrying blood to the posterior part of the brain actually run in the vertebrae of the cervical spine. If a patient has severe arthritis of the neck with osteophytes formation (bone appendages caused by arthritis), these osteophytes can impinge on the space occupied by the blood vessels and the blood supply to the posterior part of the brain is affected and this might result in a feeling of vertigo and dizziness. i don't think that this is the reason in your case because of your young age as this condition is most commonly seen in the elderly population. This pain could be related to your work if you carry heavy objects on your shoulder for prolonged periods or drag heavy objects behind you or if you sit on the computer for very long hours and sit in an unhealthy fashion. As a patient, you can ask for an mri and if the doctor thinks it is indicated or warranted, it can be done. You can discuss this with your doctor. Regarding the dizziness, it can be caused by ear problems especially if it is accompanied by tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and it can continue to linger for quite a long period of time. Have you tried any medication for it? And if yes, did it make your symptoms better?
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