Whoa. I awoke this morning with neck pain. Real neck pain. It was located on the side of my neck, just behind my ear.
When I grabbed the side of my neck, it felt a little funny, so I checked it out in the mirror. That's when I saw the telltale signs of a bigger problem--vampire bite!
There were two bite marks on the side of my neck, and a little blood was dripping down behind my ear. I performed some first aid for the bites, but my neck was still a little sore.
As a physical therapist, luckily I know exactly what to do to treat my neck pain. I started to engage in gentle neck range of motion exercises, and I made sure that I kept correct posture all morning long. Slowly, my neck started to move better and feel better.
One of the most important aspects of a physical therapy program for neck pain (or any other musculoskeletal condition) is to have a plan to prevent future problems. Unfortunately, preventing vampire bites is a bit tough. But you can be sure that I will be sleeping with garlic around my neck tonight. Unless I turn into a bat and fly around the neighborhood during trick-or-treat.
Have a safe and Happy Halloween!