How do I know I need to be corrected?
Unfortunately, your body waits quite a bit before it lets you know you need help. By the time you experience symptoms the condition has probably been going on for quite some time.
The first true sign of a problem is a decrease or a diminution of function. Examples would be:
- Difficulty bending from the waist,
- Decreased motion and stiffness when you rotate or bend your neck,
- Shoulder pain or stiffness when you attempt to raise your arms.
Perhaps you’re simply moving slower, or you’ve lost a step or two in sports. Patients often state: “I’m not that bad; it hurts only when I wake up in the morning or when I go to bed at night!”
Another funny one is: “I’m OK as long as I don’t turn my head, or pick things up fast.” This is NOT normal and you do NOT have to live like that.