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Old 08-06-2002, 12:12 PM   #1
Join Date: Oct 2001
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Took a shot to the neck Sat - just now feeling it

Just wondering if someone else has taken a good hit to the neck and then it starts hurting a couple days later. I don't exactly know the technique that I took but I know that I got a good hit in the neck area which hurt for a bit and went away. Now its' back and I can't swallow without wincing. It doesn't feel like muscle strain it kinda feels like there's a rock near the center tube and it rubs around when I swallow. I have no problem talking or breathing just swallowing. I plan to go to the doctor no matter what advice I get here. I was just wondering if anyone else has gone through this.
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Old 08-06-2002, 04:21 PM   #2
Dojo: Great Wave Aikido
Location: Alberta, Canada
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Sure; I don't know the physiology exactly, but the neck is a major weak point in the human body. Sounds to me like just a bit of an interior bruise - a bit of swelling in the right spot (in this case, I think the esophagus) would be noticed much more than if it happened in, say, an arm. Understand, please - I really don't know anything about the anatomy, I've just been hit there a few times myself, and it feels pretty much like you described. IMO, it's not a problem, it'll go away by itself; the swelling is part of the healing process but there's certainly no harm in having a doctor check, just to be on the safe side.

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Old 08-06-2002, 04:28 PM   #3
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Dojo: Litchfield Hills Aikikai
Location: Litchfield, CT
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Inflammation, swelling, probably a little whiplash...get to a chiropractic doctor, they're your best bet for properly diagnosing and treating injuries like this.


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Old 08-06-2002, 05:29 PM   #4
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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Just to clarify- chiropractors are specialists of the spine, not specifically the neck.

Unless your injury spine related, I wouldn't recommend going to a chiropractor. High velocity manipulation is not always a good thing.

Go to a doctor or nurse practitioner soon.
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Old 08-06-2002, 05:56 PM   #5
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This is definately something that can't be figured out online, and you should not delay in having looked at. It could be due to any number of non-Aikido related causes, some of which are serious. If due to some sort of trauma (Aikido or otherwise) it is a serious complaint that could mean something that needs immediate attention.
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