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Thoracic Spine & Neck Weakness

Thoracic Spine & Neck Weakness

Anyone else have neck pain stemming from thoracic spine? Both physio and chiro have noticed this and believe that that it’s contributing to muscle weakness and mobility issues in neck. This pain is very stubborn & have had many people try to help with it many times since about 2008. Now wondering if it’s connected to spondylitis. My chiro noted that when my thoracic spine is supported, my neck has greater flexibility. I’m now reclined & trying to use high back chairs more often to do things like… read more

A MySpondylitisTeam Member said:

I've had significant upperback, neck, shoulder issues for a few years, I spent the summer in PT for my shoulders and now I have to go for further tests to see what's going on. My shoulder pain and range of motion as well as chronic tension in my upper back have greatly improved but I am still having issues. My physical therapist mentioned that it could be AS related since I appear to have limited mobility in my upper back, I am really hoping not. I haven't had any imaging done on my neck and upper back, the doctor's have always focused on my low back to look for damage. I am really hoping it is just muscular, I can work with muscular disfunction. Yoga, yoga, yoga! I find that static stretching can be counter productive when trying to relax muscles so I incorporate active stretching until I loosen up a bit then I can hold for longer and go deeper into the stretch. I also have a foam roller and a trigger point massager that have been helpful as well.

posted 9 months ago
A MySpondylitisTeam Member said:

Hey @A MySpondylitisTeam Member, here’s a bit of info: https://www.healthline.com/health/foam-roller-b...

I have two smooth foam rollers: one torso-length and one half-sized. I like the half sized one to roll along my side body (IT band for knee & hip pain, and side of ribs for rib pain). I like to lie on top of the full-sized one and let my body slowly relax around it. I also sit on it for my figure four while rocking to gently massage my piriformis. You have to be careful though & start very gently for short periods of time. There are foam rolling exercises on YouTube but I mostly use mine for relaxation before bed. Helps keep my hips from tightening up too much overnight.

edited, originally posted 9 months ago
A MySpondylitisTeam Member said:

Yes - I am diagnosed with spondyloarthritis. I have a 2 level fusion in the cervical area and just had a 3 level fusion in the thoracic level as well as had a lumbar spine surgery to help with nerve pain down my legs. My neck and back are very weak and always have pain radiating from them. I work on back strengthening in PT and it is helping. Also sitting properly strengthening the back is important. What bothers me is looking down at my phone. I have to avoid this. B

posted 9 months ago
A MySpondylitisTeam Member said:

Jo, thank you for the info., I will visit the site. I have a yoga mat to use. I used to use a tennis ball on my butt, deep massage. I will give this a shot and start gently. And go to you tube, thanks again, very helpful 🌺

posted 9 months ago
A MySpondylitisTeam Member said:

@A MySpondylitisTeam Member, Foam rolling, never heard of it. Do you buy the foam and is it round? Very interested in this. Do you attend a class or do this on your own? I would love to hear more. Thank you,
@A MySpondylitisTeam Member

posted 9 months ago
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