Pain holding neck upright

Hi -- A year or so ago, while gardening, I fell on my shoulder and side onto concrete walkway.  Was sent to physical therapy to get shoulder back into full motion.  Result was that shoulder improved immensely, but one of the exercises hurt my neck and resulted in my not being able to hold my head upright.  Physical therapist gave me a sort of brace to hold my neck up.  I wore it off and on and my neck improved after a couple months, and for weeks after, I had no more problem.  Now 2 weeks ago I must have slept crookedly because I woke up with my neck hurting.  Then just three days ago, it hurt so bad while shopping that the pain forced me back to the car where I could sit down.  I am having trouble getting my neck comfortable so I can go to sleep at night.  Does anyone have any recommendations for this type of sore neck?  Many thanks.



  • Welcome Ruth1218 we’re glad you’re here!

    If this continues without getting any better, I would have it checked by a spinal specialist that could do the proper testing.

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  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 4,165


    I agree with Chip. Instead of trying to guess what it is, see someone that will do a MRI or CT scan to find the root of the problem.


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