A member asked:

Due to wrong sitting/sleeping posture i was getting right side ear jaw & shoulder pull/pain.i started going to gym and now my neck shoulders are paining. how do i differentiate between muscle strain and slip disc.does slip disc in neck need operation?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Neck problems: Medical history, physical examination and radiographic studies would be used to determine if there was a disc injury. Not all intervertebral disc problems require surgery. You are trying to reduce something that would require complex assessment into something much simpler.

Answered 7/12/2020

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