Back and Neck Injury/neck and shoulder


My name is James I was a union iron worker for almost 21 years. I can no longer work due to having 2 lower back operations and both shoulders operated on in the last 10 years. I have several herniations and buldging discs at many levels in my cervical area and spine.They suggested that I should have an cervical disectomy and fusion in my neck but I truly want to avoid any more surgeries, I am only 50 years old and I feel like 80 with everything I already had to do. have burning pain, deep in my left shoulder and it radiates down my arm consistanly. could that be related to the neck? Are there other alternatives for my neck other than surgery? I would truly appreciate your advice.

Hi James,

Very sorry to hear about the neck and shoulder pain and back pain you are experiencing. The good news is I do think there is a lot you can do before going the neck surgery route.

Yes, I would say that the burning down your arm has a great deal to do with your neck.  Cervical nerves 5,6,7,8 and your first Thoracic nerve innervate your arm, so any inappropriate tension in the muscle tissue in your upper back or neck could be inappropriately affecting the nerve pathway and causing the nerve(s) to send the "burning" feeling or any pain you are experiencing.

If take a moment to think of all of your muscles like the rigging (ropes) on a big old-fashioned sailboat (or for an iron worker, the suspension cables on a suspension bridge).  All the rigging (muscles) have an ideal tension setting, but if some of the rigging (muscles) gets to tight it will begin to negatively affect the structure, whether it's the masts on a boat, the framing of a bridge, or the bones in a body.  Once the bones are out of place and the tissue around them is tight, you'll generally experience some type of structural pain.

Once you understand that bones only go where muscles pull or hold them, then you can begin to understand how you can free yourself from pain.  Bones are simple chunks of calcium, they don't move on their own. And if discs are being compressed, it's tight muscles pulling on the bones that cause that inappropriate compression.  So you must free the muscles to get out of pain.

I talk about this is great detail on my totally free website, Do It Yourself Joint Pain Relief,
I have follow-along videos for every joint pain problem in the body.  In your case I would try the neck and shoulder pain relief page first.
maybe the neck pain relief page as well,

Just follow along with the videos.

Also, if some of your issues seem to difficult for you to relieve yourself then I recommend you go to these two sites and find a Structural Integration practitioner in your area.  There is no better work for chronic structural pain.

Call the folks in your area and tell them what's going on with your body. Ideally, you want someone whose been in practice at least five years, preferably ten or more, who can speak intelligently about what they do, and in your case because you're a guy I would probably try to go to a male practitioner (only for reasons of physical strength, if you were a woman I wouldn't be saying this).

I do hope this helps, James.

All the best,

Gary Crowley  

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