“I am a new mom with a 3-month infant. Over the past two months, I developed severe right neck pain and was not able to turn my head. My mom had kidney cancer that metastasized to her spine, and she had similar pain and loss of mobility. I worried that I also had cancer, and the pain was getting worse. I was having trouble even holding my baby. I spent hours searching the internet for the cause of my pain and cancer kept coming up. My family doctor tried to relieve my stress when x-rays and MRI found nothing. But no one could alleviate my pain. I was desperate and saw an ad on the internet for Virtual PT and decided to give it a try.
I was able to get an appointment right away. My therapists had me move my neck and saw that I could not turn to the right and even found that I could not lookup. He gave me an exercise, and I began to feel better and was able to move a bit more. Most importantly, he explained why I was in pain and that it was not cancer because the movement was able to improve my pain. He taught me what caused it what to do to fix myself!” Trish S.
“Trish, like most new mothers, spends a lot of her time looking down, staring at her newborn, especially when feeding. This position of neck flexion and rotation puts stress on the soft tissue of the neck over time. Similar to if you bend your finger back over and over again. Trish had a significant loss of right rotation and extension motion and some loss of retraction. We had Trish perform repeated retraction and extension and retested her movement. She regained right rotation and some extension, and the more she did, the better she felt.
We explained to Trish that she had a soft tissue injury that caused a disruption in the joint mechanics. It resulted from looking down for extended periods and corrected by the opposite movements. Explaining the cause, eliminated Trish’s fear and she was able to get back to enjoying her newborn.” Paul Mitchell DPT, Cert. MDT