Injured from repetitive overhead use at work. Shoulder, neck, and spine.

///Injured from repetitive overhead use at work. Shoulder, neck, and spine.
Injured from repetitive overhead use at work. Shoulder, neck, and spine.
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  • tinainky
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    Hello, I am a 57 year old female,who worked on an assembly line 6 days a week for months on end. I was lifting 12,000 – 25,000 pounds per day.Any where from 1# to 16#’s at a fast pace. It began with my shoulder in July 31 2017,an aching feeling. By Aug 17, 2017 while working over head stacking boxes my neck and shoulder locked up,accompanied by lower back pain.
    I had one manipulation of the shoulder in 2017, and another arthroscopic one again in Aug 2018. Over SIXTY therapy sessions. Six chiropractic sessions, which he told me he could pick me out from a line-up of bones! I live in chronic pain, and live on a heating pad, day in and day out. My MRI says my neck has chronic radiculopathy, C4-C5 moderate with C6-C7 Severe. Flattened Lordosis. DDD also. They have denied me seeing a spine doctor.I have been on workman’s comp for my shoulder. My spine is bad,My chiropractor,and shoulder surgeon has requested I see a spine specialist. but they are refusing to say my neck was involved, when in fact it is one the initial doctors report. I want to use my regular insurance at this point.I will go anywhere to get a doctor to tell me they can help me. I so wish this clinic was closer. I have just about lost my mind,from the pain, headaches,anxiety, and the list goes on.
    My question is do you think I need to come to your office or possibly find one closer to my home.I would be willing to come there. I live in Kentucky. Thank you,I am sorry for the long rant. Sincerely, Tina

    • This topic was modified 1 week ago by  tinainky.
    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    By the sounds of your history, you should be determined to have a repetitive stress syndrome by work comp due to your prolonged exposure to these stresses. A good physical examination should be able to differentiate the differences between pain generation from shoulder and neck but if you don’t have that advantage, selective nerve root blocks (SNRBs) at C5-7 and then an intraarticular shoulder injection with lidocaine and steroid on a different day with pain diaries should be employed.

    See:
    https://neckandback.com/treatments/epidural-injections-and-selective-nerve-root-blocks-diagnostic-and-therapeutic-neck/,
    https://neckandback.com/treatments/pain-diary-instructions-for-spinal-injections-neck/
    https://neckandback.com/treatments/diagnostic-therapeutic-neck/ and
    https://neckandback.com/treatments/pain-diary-instructions-for-spinal-injections-neck/

    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.
    tinainky
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    Thank you for the reply. I will look over the links you sent me. I appreciate your expertise and suggestions. Now for finding a pain clinic near me will be my next step.
    If nothing comes out of it, I certainly will have to find a means to make an appointment with you,or maybe an on-line consultation, in regards to what my X-Ray and MRI reads.
    Again thank you, and I appreciate you for replying to my questions.
    Sincerely. Tina

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    Especially look at “diagnostic and therapeutic injections”. A pain clinic has various semi to highly talented physicians. Make sure this doctor understands the difference between the two types of injections and pick the most meticulous injectionist.

    Keep in touch.

    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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