The neck is responsible for carrying the weight of the head and controlling movement when looking in different directions. When pain arises in the neck it can occur as the result of a pinched nerve, or slipped disc that puts pressure on the muscles and nerves. Accidents, such as automobile accidents, are one of the main causes of neck pain. Whiplash resulting from auto accidents, or other injury, can cause damage to the neck from the sudden movement that snaps the neck back and forth. This causes overstretching and tears to the muscles, , tendons and ligaments in the neck. Emotional stress may increase symptoms, as well.
Repetitive motion injuries can cause damage to the muscles and tendons that surround a ball and socket joint of the shoulder causing pain and stiffness. Acute or sudden injuries like strains, sprains, instability, dislocations, frozen shoulder, or pinched nerves are some of the most common reasons for shoulder pain. These types of injuries will end up limiting your range of motion and they can also cause frozen shoulder. If shoulder pain is not diagnosed and treated by a professional, it can gradually grow weaker and then progress to more complicated issues which will eventually require surgery. Rather than self-diagnose, it is best to get a professional’s opinion and discuss treatment options for pain relief.
Once the specific cause of your neck or shoulder pain has been diagnosed, your orthopedist will recommend treatment which can include any of the following:
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