Here is my situation in a nutshell…
Minor scoliosis (not sure of details, diagnosed long time ago and was told it was not in any way a factor).
Patrol Officer in a police department meaning I spend much of a 10-12 hour shift in a patrol car.
Very active lifestyle. Weight train(powerlifting and some Olympic lifts) 3-4 times a week. Also train boxing/wrestling/jiujitsu 3 to 4 times per week and have been doing so for a over a decade, including mma competition.
Had numerous back and neck injuries over the years which were always diagnosed as soft tissue resulting from subluxations.
Nothing ever too serious and always recovered with some treatment.
Months ago I tweaked my right shoulder doing weighted dips(pain ran from shoulder blades down back of shoulder) but was pretty minor so I ignored it, chalking it up to my notoriously tight shoulders. Gradually, I began getting some tingling in my right fingertips, particularly evident when seated with my arm outstretched such as using a computer mouse or running a radar unit.
Last week I was moving underneath a big guy in a headlock and felt a fairly sharp pain in my lower cervical/upper thoracic area which immediately radiated across my right shoulder blade all the way down to my right fingertips.
The next 2 days I was seriously hurting - border line debilitated. I broke down and went to a physician(not much confdence in 99% of them) because I thought I may have done something very serious. His diagnosis after an exam and xrays was soft tissue injury - ligament sprain at worst - and he told me to rest. Not a lot of help.
I also started seeing a chiropractor recommended by my buddy(also a chiropractor) who is pretty talented at straightening out my particular area of injury. 5 days after the injury(the traumatic one…I realize I have a number of things going on that set this up)and two adjustments, I am feeling much better, pain is 80% less and the tingling in my fingertips is just about gone in every position.
My questions for the knowledgable guys here are these…
The chiropractor told me the same thing as in previous injuries…pretty bad subluxations. Im not looking for a remote diagnosis, but are there any other thoughts on what may be going on here?
What type of exercises would be suited to rehab this remedy this particular situation and how soon should they be started? I should note that my regular training is pretty balanced in that I do tons of posterior chain work, upper back work and rotator cuff work and I maintain pretty decent flexability through yoga and jiujitsu(again, with the exception of my shoulders).
Im looking for a long term gameplan to minimize these interruptions in my work, training and life. Believe it or not, Im also interested in learning as much about this purely for academic purposes just because Im like that.
Some of the guys I work with have similar problems from sitting in a cramped patrol car all day with 30 pounds of uncomfortable gear hanging off of you. Ill be sure to pass any advice on to them.
Thanks in advance.