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  • nayates
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    Morning.

    For the last few years I have had varying degrees of paresthesia and pain in my upper L trapezius. My neck is sporadically stiff, and I have occasionally experienced lateral arm numbness as well. (I’m not 100% convinced that the arm issue isn’t a separate matter.)

    As far as my underlying causes, I was involved in a car accident 10 or so years ago where I was t-boned on the L side. I was young, so I didn’t get it too thoroughly checked out as I felt fine. Also, I go to the gym daily and lift relatively heavy for my weight. I exercise every body-part weekly and pay very close attention to lifting even and keeping my body size and posture as symmetrical as possible.

    The last 2 weeks, with nothing terribly different or traumatic happening, the pain has been a bit worse than usual. It isn’t horrific, but a constant 3-4/10.

    Any ideas as to what may be the cause of this? What would you recommend? I’m not a huge advocate of surgery, but not 100% against it if the chance of success is high.

    Edit: I also don’t seem to have any highly noticeable ROM issues or loss of strength or function. Also, rolling my shoulder in a forward motion pops every time. Usually 3 pops per roll.

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    Your symptoms could be from a multitude of disorders. What symptoms you have disclosed are much too vague to come up with some differential diagnoses. Start with a visit to a PM&R physician, a chiropractor or your personal medical doctor for the beginnings of a diagnosis.

    Dr. Corenman

    PLEASE REMEMBER, THIS FORUM IS MEANT TO PROVIDE GENERAL INFORMATION ON SPINE ANATOMY, CONDITIONS AND TREATMENTS. TO GET AN ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS, YOU MUST VISIT A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL IN PERSON.
     
    Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.
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