I'm a runner. So in the past I never really paid attention to any neck/shoulder/back problems because even if I was uncomfortable, I was more worried about any issues that concerned with my legs. And because of that, I had a shoulder problem, that if I had let go untreated, could have caused permanent damage.
I first realized I had an issue when I was in the middle of a training session and I couldn't lift my arms to the wall during a wall sit workout while everyone else could. I thought it was a weird quirk of mine so I ignored it. Four years later, this past summer, I went to the doctor's office and she had me raise my arm for her. She was, at first, confused by my lack of ability to completely raise my arm above my head. She then prescribed me to go the physical therapist to work out my shoulder.
I felt kind of ridiculous going to physical therapy; I was no longer on a team and I've been dealing with this forever. Whenever the physical therapist or assistant asked me what I did to my shoulders, I had no real response. I felt like it was an overreaction.
My doctor explained to me, though, that it's my best interest to go to physical therapy. I'm still active, so if I were to reach for a frisbee or a volleyball and move the wrong way, I could damage a tissue and need surgery. My overly tight shoulders have also been affecting my posture for many years. Although I'm only 20, if I don't do anything to correct my posture, I'm going to be hunched over when I'm older. I would have many years of discomfort to come.
So I now have a list of little exercises to do for my neck, shoulder and back to prevent the overly stiffness that occurred from happening again.
Don't be embarrassed to ask your doctor about any discomfort or "quirks." It could be nothing (like my clicking ankles), or it could be a warning sign to fix an issue before it becomes too serious. Your doctors are there to help you and to assist you in your quest to living a healthy lifestyle.Have you had any issues that you've ignored in the past? Do you inform your doctor with any issue you have?