Gregory is a 29 year old manager whose job requires that he travel often. He came to see me for pain at the back of the left side of his neck which he often felt upon waking up, and during or after jogging over the past 4-5 years. An MRI showed that his neck did not have any significant spinal abnormalities that might be causing his pain, but a physical examination revealed three muscles that were likely the source of his pain.
I began treating Gregory with a 15 watt class 4 laser. On his second day of treatment, he reported that he felt no pain in the left side of his neck when he woke up, but that the pain had moved to the right side of the neck and shoulder. I continued treating the left side of his neck, and also began to treat the right side with the laser.
When he returned for the third day of treatment, the pain in the left side of his neck was completely gone, and the right side's discomfort was significantly reduced. At a two month follow-up, his pain was gone.
He is now able to go jogging without any pain in his shoulders or neck. By starting with a conservative treatment approach, Gregory was able to avoid invasive or costly procedures, and regain function.
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