Are you having trouble with shoulder and neck pains? Do you feel discomfort whenever you try to move these parts of your body? Does it often happen that you experience strain when you look on the other side or try to lift up something with your arms? If you answer yes to all of these questions, it's about time that you get relief from the annoying pains you feel on your shoulders and neck. You can do that by following these practical tips.
Before you can implement some form of relief on your aching shoulders or neck, you must first determine its cause. Common causes of neck pain include abnormalities in the bone or joints, trauma, poor posture, degenerative diseases, tumors, and muscle strain. Shoulder pain can stem out from strains due to overexertion, overused tendonitis, shoulder joint instability, dislocation, collar or upper arm bone fractures, frozen shoulder, and pinched nerves. By knowing the cause, it would be easier for you to determine what type of treatment is best.
For minor causes of neck and shoulder pain, rest is the number one solution. Use these areas as little as possible for the first two to four days. Gradually, begin moving these areas after having fully rested. It may be a little painful at first, but the pain will go away eventually. If it doesn't, see a doctor immediately.
Apply cold compress on your neck and shoulder. Place ice cubes in a sealed plastic bag. Wrap it with a towel. Choose a towel that is not so thick so that the cold can still go through. Apply the cold compress on the aching neck and shoulders for 15 to 20 minutes. Do this every hour. Don't apply the ice directly, as it can damage the skin.
Elevate the injured shoulder area above the heart to reduce the swelling. This will also reduce the pain. Use pillows for this purpose so that you won't feel uncomfortable elevating your shoulders.
If the pain becomes unbearable, get relief from pain-reducing medications such as Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin). These medications help control the swelling and pain felt on the shoulders and neck.
Go to the Doctor
If none of these methods gives you relief, go see a doctor immediately. Your doctor will first diagnose the source of pain and go on to devise an appropriate treatment plan. Treatment options vary according to the condition. Common parts of treatment include pain medications, immobilization, and doctor's instructions regarding rest. In some serious cases, hospital stay is advised for regular and intensive monitoring of the condition.