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Neck pain 1 year 7 months ago #43206

Hi.
Freya hurt her neck around Christmas time. She went down a steep track and drew up sharply at the bottom of the track. Since then she yelps when raising her head from lying on her left side. We have been to the vets of course and she has had prolonged period of rest, anti inflammatories and pain killers. She had an inconclusive X-Ray and now we've had an MRI scan. The results will be in soon.
However I have read back on this wonderful site and feel I should have gone to a chiropractor sooner. Certainly before the costly MRI. Unless it is something more major, can anyone recommend a chiropractor oin the East Midlands area?
Many thanks.
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Neck pain 1 year 7 months ago #43207

We used this place swanbourneclinic.co.uk/Th...es/Chiropractic
She sorted the problem with our girl's neck in about 3 visits. I'm not sure how the service compares to other places though. Worth a go perhaps?
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Neck pain 1 year 7 months ago #43212

My deerhound had a problem with his elbow. A dog massage therapist was very helpful, and they are cheaper to consult than Vets are. Vets tend to prefer treatments that involve medicine or scalpels. Further, the neck pain may be caused by someting else than the neck itself, and thus outisde the area studied by MRI/XRay.
The neck also has a funcion in balancing the dog when walking. If a leg hurts, the neck may get overloaded with certain ccompensating movements, which then causes ain in the neck, but nothing will be visible in either MRI or Xray. I know a case with an IW where this caused a lot of inneccesary attetion to the neck, until a dog massage therapist found the problem in the leg.
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Neck pain 1 year 7 months ago #43214

Thank you both for the advice. The MRI showed no disc problem and no compression. She is allowed to exercise again but at the moment is on an anti inflammatory which has stopped the squealing. Once that is finished we will look at the alternative therapy.
Thanks and I'll let you know how she goes.
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Neck pain 1 year 6 months ago #43236

Hi Crackadog, I hope Freya is feeling better now. I had this several times with my previous Deerhound, once when he ran towards another dog who had rolled in fox pooh and he pulled up sharply and another time due to what our vets called 'laminate floor syndrone'
On both occasions, rest and Metacam did the trick, not costly MRI scans as the vets tend to push on you.

I hope she is all better now
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Neck pain 1 year 6 months ago #43240

Totally agree Lurch8252 about the rest and Metacam. I always have some in for strains and sprains. Vets are all to ready to advise' Specialist Vets' or MRI's. Both at massive (pointless) cost of course.
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