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Neck and Shoulder Pain

Repetitive motion and strenuous physical activities, such as long working on computer/laptop, driving, throwing a ball or lifting heavy objects, can cause neck & shoulder pain. Mostly, it can be relieved within a few days. Most minor neck & shoulder injuries can be treated at home using the RICE method: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. But in some cases, neck pain can indicate serious injury or illness and require a doctor’s care.

Causes

Muscle tension and strain usually due to activities and behaviors such as poor posture, working at a desk for too long without changing position, sleeping in a bad position, wrong method of exercising. A frozen shoulder results when tendons, ligaments and muscles stiffen and become difficult or impossible to move. Shoulder fractures in older patients are often the result of a fall from standing height. In younger patients, shoulder fractures are often caused by a high energy injury, such as a motor vehicle accident or contact sports injury.

Neck and Shoulder Pain

How to manage

The first treatment for many common conditions that cause neck and shoulder pain is to rest the joint/muscles and allow the acute inflammation to subside. It is important, however, to use caution when resting the muscle/joint, because prolonged immobilization can cause a frozen shoulder. Stay hydrated, maintain a good posture and perform simple exercises to ease the muscles. By increasing magnesium intake, it aids in the contraction and relaxation of muscles and may help, if the pain is due to sprain.

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