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Neck/Shoulder Pain and Tightness



For the last week or so I have been getting pain around the C-7 and my shoulders feel like someone is grabbing my traps. At the same time, the back of both my knees tighten up too. When I`m active, all these symptoms relax. I swim 5 days a week, 2 hrs a day. I`m a competive swimmer at the age of 53. But this has only been going on for just over a week. Help me please!!!


Thank you for visiting NetWellness. On this site, we try to answer general questions about health but cannot diagnose or recommend treatment. You appear to have some very, very specific questions about your condition, which can only be answered properly by a physician who is familiar with your history, physical exam, and test results. Your questions about the testing results you've been given or the risks, benefits, and alternatives for proposed treatments of this condition need to be directed to your treating physician(s). You should insist that they answer these questions in a way that you are able to understand before consenting to any treatment. If your physician is unable to help you understand these issues, you should get a second opinion. Take care.

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David J Hart, MD David J Hart, MD
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University