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

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 or an MRI to determine whether the person has a herniated disc or other nerve compression.

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler, MD on January 26, 2020


SOURCES: "Neck Pain."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Neck Pain."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Sports Injuries."

Shoulder and Neck Pain Information from eMedicineHealth.

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