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2/23/08 10:11 AM
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HULC
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Edited: 23-Feb-08
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I do submission wrestling once a week on saturday afternoons for usually between 2 and 3 hours. The other week our instructor was showing us a reverse neck crank, which is basically a reversed RNC from the mount, with the forearm behind the back of the neck and the palm on the forehead. He was demonstrating this on me and while he was doing it my neck gave a massive popping sound. He stopped and asked if i was alright, i was fine, hadn't felt pain at any point, etc, so just went and sat down while he demonstrated on someone else. After the demonstrations were done i still felt no pain, but got a feeling like i had pulled or strained a muscle at the back of my neck. So the instructor - a little Chinese guy - took me to one side and did some pressure point stuff on my neck which worked fine, and took away all of the pain/discomfort, and told me to just sit out until i felt ready to continue. So i st out for a few mintures and then joined in again no problem. The next week i was back and did the whole session with no problems. In the open mat at the end people were pushing and pulling at my head, but for the whole session i didn't really have any pressure on the back of my neck. This week i went again and we did some revision on submissions. So even going gently on my neck - cos everyone in the class heard it pop the other week - the person i'm drilling with still manages to make my neck pop with only a little pressure when practicing the reverse neck crank. No pain or soreness at all, so i just carried on. But later on we we doing work with headlock escapes, and i felt very very uncomfortable with anyone putting pressure on the back of my neck. No pain really, just a feeling that it was going to pop again in a much bigger way, and that it wasn't going to be nice. I tapped out a couple of times very early even though there was danger of submission or any pain, just to get peoples arms away from the back of my neck. Basically, how worried should i be about this? I have visions of it popping one time too many and me being left paralysed from the neck down. I can pop most of my joints anyway, and even do the movie style trick of turning my head to one side and getting that snap-crackle-pop sound from my neck. But i don't let other people pop my neck, and it never makes me feel uncomfortable or tense when i do it normally.
2/26/08 5:43 AM
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Edited: 26-Feb-08
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first thing is to get a mri scan. sitting around won't do much. a scan will tell you if there is any disc problems. also go to a physio or specialist once you have had these scans. asking people on a forum will give you a whole gamut of responses, which are all probably correct but it may not be the solution to your actual problem.
2/29/08 7:04 PM
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Edited: 29-Feb-08
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Thanks for the responses. bombshelter, I don't really have any pain between training sessions, and even in training it only feels bad occasionally and unpredictably. So i don't really have any way of telling when it will be back to 100%, because apart from when it's playing up it feels completely normal... dojo, I'll arrange an appointment with my doctor and see what he has to say. But to be honest mri scans and specialist physio's aren't going to happen. I'm on the NHS in England, and i've been waiting more than 2 years to get an orthopedic opinion or any physiotherapy on my knee after i injured it trying to join the marines.

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