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We share important information to help you diagnose and treat neck and shoulder pain.
Whether it be from sleeping at a strange angle or tackling a tricky DIY project — neck pain can arise unexpectedly. In a similar way, you might experience shoulder pain by being more active or labour-intensive than usual. Although uncomfortable, this type of neck and shoulder pain is considered “normal” because it has an obvious cause. It will mostly always improve with rest.
In other instances, you might experience neck and shoulder pain for reasons that require medical help to diagnose and treat properly.
There are certain symptoms which indicate your shoulder pain is caused by a problem in your neck. If you have a slightly abnormal distribution of pain, numbness, or tingling in your shoulder or arm, it could be caused by a trapped nerve in your neck. This is known as referred pain.
A consultation with your doctor can resolve any confusion you might have about where your neck and shoulder pain originate from. Your doctor will carry out a thorough examination of your shoulder and discuss your symptoms with you. Occasionally, they might arrange additional diagnostic tests, such as an ultrasound or MRI scan.
There are different types of neck and shoulder pain. The kind of pain you have will help your doctor diagnose its cause. You might have:
When you meet with your doctor, they will discuss your pain in depth. They might ask:
After the cause of your neck and shoulder pain has been determined, you can explore effective treatment options. Treatment options include:
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