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    Old 11-01-2011, 08:34 PM   #1
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    Can't Bend Neck to the Right After Head-on Collision with Mat

    I was practicing BJJ (Brazilian jiu-jitsu, which is a cousin of wrestling for those who don't know) and was swept from a position on top of an opponent. Instead of rolling or otherwise breaking my fall properly, I fell forward from a position of being in the air and parallel to the mat to striking the top of my head on the mat, receiving an axial impact load (I think it was more to the right side though, and my neck didn't bend). My neck was VERY stiff for a few days, but no numbness or tingling. However, what's driving me CRAZY is that after 7 months I still can't bend my neck to the right without feeling like there are bones impinging on one another or something--basically it feels like there is something in the right side/back-right "corner" of my neck blocking me from bending that way. It's a very distinct and sharp pain that initiates right upon bending. It does tense up the right trap a bit too once I get to a certain point.

    A family practice doc looked at my x-ray a few days ago and said he didn't see signs of a fracture or anything else abnormal, but I told him I was concerned about disk damage, so he referred me to an orthopedic spine specialist (he said he'd be surprised if the spine guy ordered an MRI though). In the meantime, I've also been in to see a chiro who feels he can restore my range of motion--but I'm honestly a little skeptical. I'm currently planning on sticking with the chiro unless the spine guy tells me there's something bad wrong that needs to be addressed surgically, etc. However, the doctor's guess is that he'll just prescribe PT. If the chiro doesn't have success I'll probably go the PT route.

    Anyone else ever have an injury similar to this? Any thoughts or suggestions otherwise?

     
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    Old 11-04-2011, 02:15 PM   #2
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    Re: Can't Bend Neck to the Right After Head-on Collision with Mat

    I would get an MRI before you do anything, especially chiro. The difference between the back and the neck is that there are major arteries to the brain going up through the bones of the neck. You have an unseen injury to your neck and it hits those arteries and you will have a stroke, possibly a fatal one. Here where I live, you have to sign a form saying you are aware that you could die from adjustments to the neck before they can touch you.

    So get the MRI and do PT but no chiro care until they clear you as being able to survive it. X-rays show little.....didn't show the fractures in my neck as the bones were so tiny and hidden from view. Took a CT and MRI to find them. If it's a fracture you're worried about, a CT shows that much better but since the most common injury to the neck involves the disks, an MRI is the only thing that shows them well. Do at least 1 of those, first.

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    Old 11-05-2011, 07:24 AM   #3
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    Re: Can't Bend Neck to the Right After Head-on Collision with Mat

    @Jenny, thanks for your advice. What happened to your neck, and how long did you wait before going to see someone about it? Did you ever get it resolved? And if so, with what?

    I was worried about going to the chiro before seeing a spine specialist, but I did tell the chiro what happened and and asked if that would affect his treathment plan (he said he'd add some decompression therapy knowing that). And as I mentioned the doctor didn't think he'd order an MRI anyway but just send me straight to PT. I can say at this point that I have gone to 3 sessions with the chiro and I'm noticing a slight improvement (hopefully that's not just placebo). I wasn't worried that I broke anything; I kind of thought I would've been in much more pain than I was.

     
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    Re: Can't Bend Neck to the Right After Head-on Collision with Mat

    I second what Jenny said. Even if the odds are that chiro won't hurt, the risk/reward is VERY much weighted against it, IMO, until you get an MRI. Find a doc who will send you for one.

     
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    I agree with WebDozer and Jenny. get yourself checked out.

     
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