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Coping with Neck and Shoulder Pain

Do you findyourself spending most ofthe day moving your neck and shoulders around to avoid pain? You aren’t alone. Neck and shoulder pain are some of the most common pain symptoms that we feel today. If you are dealing with an injury at your neck or shoulder blade area, you need to find a solution. Simply continuing to live as you do is not going to see the problem improve.Wear and tear along with the passing of time will make the situation worse.

Why do I have Pain in my Neck and/or Shoulders?

One of the reasonsis caused by general day to day over-use. If you are someone who spends all day sitting at a PC, the risk of injuring yourself is higher.Another reason is when you spend a lot of your time looking down at a book and/or reading your phone/tablet. These are common lifestyle issues that are exasperated by the fact that so many of us are in sedentary jobs.

Soft Tissue Injuries

The most common reason for this to continually happenis due to soft tissue damage. You could find that your lifestyle, or direct impactmight have caused it. For example, in a car accident, it could cause a whiplash. It could even be caused by arthritis in and around the neck, spine, and/or shoulder area.

You might even find that the issue stems to organ related issues. Your heart, your lungs, and other parts of the abdomen can have a connection to neck and shoulder pain. It’s important that you don’t ignore shoulder pain if it continues. It’s not always caused by an injury, but instead could be your body reacting and telling you to take action.

Our bodies know best when we need to take action, so listen to the signs!

When do I Need Help?

Typically, you should be looking if you have a consistent issue. If you notice the pain comes and goes on a regular basis, seek help. You might even need to go for something like slip disc treatment in Singapore. You need to be diagnosed before anything can be done.

You should try and reduce the physical strain that you place on the shoulder and neck. This means sitting upright more, avoiding carrying heavy items when you can, and avoiding ‘phone neck’. Staring down all the time is bad for our necks, so we recommend trying to keep your neck straight.

Should any of your symptoms appear to be worse, go to a doctor immediately. Look out for things like severe pain, continuous weakness, numbnessor any signs of physical deformity.

General Treatment

Of course, the chances are that your wound is simply something that you can care for at home. We recommend trying the following tips:

  • Avoid any kind of physical exercise on the area for a day or two, and then slowly exercise it again. 2-3 days of rest followed by mild exercise should help.
  • Take some Ibuprofen and see if you can notice a genuine change in muscle usage and effectiveness.
  • Place a pack of ice on the sore are for 15-20 minutes per hour. Make sure the ice is wrapped up in a towelto avoid skin damage.
  • After a week, try and apply some heat packs to see if this helps to reduce pain. Don’t do it in week one as heat can make swelling worse, not better.
  • Try and keep yourself popped up properly when you are sleeping. This helps to allow for better care of the neck when sleeping, avoiding excess swelling.

However, if none of the above appears to be providing any kind of lasting relief, you should take action and go see a medical professional.

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