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    Shoulder and Neck Pain Treatment

    1. When to Seek Immediate Medical Care

    See a doctor or go to a hospital emergency room if:

    • Pain is from a severe blow or injury

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    2. Ease Muscle Spasms

    • Apply dry or moist heat.

    3. Reduce Swelling

    • If the area is inflamed, apply ice for 20 minutes 4 to 8 times a day.

    4. Relieve Pain

    5. Rest

    • The affected area should not be used for a day or two.
    • Normal activities should be gradually resumed.

    6. Follow Up

    • The person should see a doctor if pain doesn't get better or worsens.
    • The person may need an X-ray or CT scan depending on the symptoms.

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    Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 15, 2015

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