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My Neck Is Stuck!!!

Neck Pain

A few weeks ago my youngest daughter woke up and couldn’t turn her head or get out of bed. She was literally stuck in one spot with her head turned as if to look over her right shoulder. She was crying because her neck hurt and she was scared that would never turn her head again. My daughter was also scared of the pain that I would cause her trying to get her neck to move again! I promised that I would not hurt her and we set about the business of getting her head moving and getting her out of bed. Here I will outline the basic steps for each of you to perform if you should find yourself “stuck” in bed.

1) Ice, ice, ice, and more ICE! Put ice on the area that hurts. This may change as one area starts to calm down and you realize that it’s another area that hurts. That is fine. It is okay to chase the pain with ice.

2) Use your hands to turn your head back to normal. Once the pain calms down a little bit, use your hand to turn your head so you are looking straight forward. This is called passive motion because you are not actively using the muscles in your neck. Take a deep breath. You’re almost there.

3) GENTLY turn your head from side to side – this time you are using the muscle in your neck to cause ACTIVE motion. Keep the motion pain free as you slowly turn your head from side to side 10 times. Continue to turn your head from side to side for 10 repetitions every hour. This causes a contraction and relaxation in the muscles that will help to loosen the muscles.

These tips should resolve your symptoms in 24-48 hours. If you continue to have pain or lack motion after 48 hours, feel free to give us a call here at Physical Therapy for everyBODY. You can reach Amy at (425)658-4944 or amykonvalinpt@gmail.com.


Dr. Amy Konvalin

Dr. Amy Konvalin

Struggling with pain and dysfunction can impact every part of our lives — it drains our energy, distracts us from our goals, and keeps us from the people and activities we love. As an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, Dr. Amy Konvalin understands how frustrating those limitations can be — and she knows how to help get you back to the life you want to live! Beginning with a focused evaluation, Dr. Amy works to determine the root causes of your pain, as well as understanding how it affects the way you move through your world. Dysfunctional patterns of movement often grow worse with time and cause further damage if left untreated — so it’s important to address these issues as soon as possible. Dr. Amy knows there is no one-size-fits-all plan for success, and she partners with patients to identify their unique treatment goals and personal values. Using these goals as a guide, Amy uses her doctorate training in manual (hands-on) therapy and exercise prescription to treat patients with a wide variety of medical challenges and histories throughout the Maple Valley, Black Diamond and Covington areas. Dr. Amy is also a wife to a Boeing superstar/former C-130 navigator. While they lived in Germany, Dr. Amy was able to volunteer with the US Army to treat military personnel and civilians on base. She has two beautiful teenage ballerinas who keep her on her toes and educate her on all things ballet! Bailey, the princess pup, is her running partner and her napping partner. In the spare moments in between, Amy enjoys reading, yoga, wine with friends, Pilates, and walking on the beach.
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