Advice For Neck And Back Injury Recovery?
I injured my neck at the gym 7 months ago doing overhead dumbell presses, and then injured my lower back at the gym doing deadlifts to failure (stupid I know). My neck hurts mostly when I lean my head back to look up at the ceiling with very limited mobility in that movement. The pain seems (to me) to be in a disc/vertebre and deep in my right trap muscle. The pain is back and to the right. Its been consistent pain since I injured it. My lower back injury consists of my back being very tight especially when putting on socks or shoes, or bending over to pick something up. Its 65% tightness which comes first and 35% pain. Ive tried all kinds of stretches, MobolityWOD exercises, etc. I haven't avoided the gym up until about 2 weeks ago. I just saw an orthopedic, had an xray and was told that it looks musculoskelatal in the neck and back (no disc issues bulges or herniations) He said I didnt yet need an MRI. He sent me to physical therapy where Ive been for the last 2 weeks with no noticeable improvements. The pain is still there
Can anyone offer any advice on hacking the recovery for these types of injuries? (stretches, supplements, exercises, gadgets etc?)
Should I be completely avoiding the gym? I want to get back to squats, deadlifts, pullups, bench press, sprints, etc as soon as possible!
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