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I have a sharp pain between my shoulder and back of my neck. Just on the right. Seems to be a muscle kink, it's been 2 days. What can I do?

I have a sharp pain between my shoulder and back of my neck. Just on the right. Seems to be a muscle kink, it's been 2 days. What can I do?

Strain, spasm: While there are many reasons to have neck pain, muscle strain, connective tissue sprain, and spasm are probably the most common. Typical treatment includes rest from painful activity, anti inflammatory meds (motrin, aleve, (naproxen) etc), therapy techniques (heat, ice, massage, stretching). Good, old fashioned "time" can help too, but pain for more than a few weeks should be evaluated by a professional. Read more

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Severe hand pain when I grasp objs. My pt says I have a "kink" in my nerve caused by tight neck and shoulder muscles. Term or diagnosis for condition?

Severe hand pain when I grasp objs. My pt says I have a "kink" in my nerve caused by tight neck and shoulder muscles. Term or diagnosis for condition?

Radiculopathy: Your pt is referring to a condition called radiculopathy where a nerve root in the neck is irritated or compressed causing symptoms in the arm or hand.

This may not be what is actually going on. Normally radiculopathy does not cause pain upon grasping items. There can be a number of conditions that cause this symptom. I would recommend evaluation by a health care professional. Read more

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Why have I had a kink in my neck for 6 months?

Why have I had a kink in my neck for 6 months?

Change: Side of mattress you sleep on and orientation of computer monitor at work. Something you do on the regular basis is causing the problem and needs to be addressed. Read more

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What is the cause of my neck and shoulder pain?

What is the cause of my neck and shoulder pain?

Too numerous: Too complex. You need a good evaluation to determine if your pain is from your neck, shoulder or both. Read more

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My neck and shoulder tension pain hasn't gone away for several months now. I started yoga, but it hasn't helped.

My neck and shoulder tension pain hasn't gone away for several months now. I started yoga, but it hasn't helped.

Go get evaluated: There is a possibility that this is related to your cervical spine. Go see an orthopaedic surgeon, or spinal specialist. Read more

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I've had this "kink" in my neck for a few days now and it seems to be getting worse what can I do to get some relief from the pain?

Moist heat: Stretching exercises. And some anti inflammatory meds. Physical therapy may be beneficial as well. If pain continues talk to your doctor may be more than a kink Read more

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This afternoon a sharp pain started at the bottom of my neck (where my neck and shoulder meet) extremely painful. I can hardly move. It's getting wost?

Neck pain: Pain in this region could be muscular, orthopedic or neurological in nature. Be sure that there is no rash in the area that might represent a dermatological issue. If the pain is very local, likely to be something at that site. If there are any symptoms that radiate, this might represent a nerve issue. Sounds like it needs evaluation and an examination. Good luck. Read more

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What kind if dictor do I need after a car wreck that flipped my car three times. My neck and shoulder hurt bad. I think the force and seatbelt problem?

What kind if dictor do I need after a car wreck that flipped my car three times. My neck and shoulder hurt bad. I think the force and seatbelt problem?

ER vs primary care: From the accident you describe, most people would have been seen in the er afterwards. If you were not and now have these complaints, go there now. If emergency exams & xrays have already been done in an er and no life-threatening injuries found, see your primary md/do as soon as you can. If specialist care like orthopedics or other is needed, s/he can facilitate those referrals. Read more

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What to do if my neck and shoulder hurt?

What to do if my neck and shoulder hurt?

See specialists: Often times shoulder and neck pain can go together, meaning that you could not only have a pinched nerve in your neck, but also a legitimate shoulder problem. Shoulder pain does not radiate below the elbow. Any pain that you feel shoots down the arm to the fingers can be coming from the neck area. Read more

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My neck and shoulder are pain when I get up from bed in morning. It happen twice a week. I took no medicine for it. What can I do for the problem.

Physical Therapy: A lot of people have neck issues that cause neck pain that goes down towards the shoulder, but see your doctor to make sure it's just muscle tightness and not something more serious. Physical therapy can help a lot. Read more

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Could my neck and shoulder pains be causing my head to have issues?

Could my neck and shoulder pains be causing my head to have issues?

See below: There are several joints and intervertebral discs in the neck. These can wear out over time leading to pain. Degeneration of the joints or discs can cause neck pain, headaches, and/or shoulder pain. Read more

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What should I do about my neck and shoulder pain as a result of a car accident?

What should I do about my neck and shoulder pain as a result of a car accident?

Neck pain: Try a heating pad, massage, and an anti inflammatory. If pain does not go away then you will need to seen an orthopedist. Read more

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Have pain in my neck and shoulder blade area. What can I do as it comes and goes?

Have pain in my neck and shoulder blade area. What can I do as it comes and goes?

Good posture: Try to see if improving your posture helps. Keep back straight and shoulders open. Keep vision at eye level. Avoid prolonged screen time on computer, tablets or smart phones as this can cause neck pain and strain. Check online for some gentle neck and back stretches as it is too long for me to type here. Read more

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What could be the reason why the left side of my neck and shoulder hurt when I eat?

What could be the reason why the left side of my neck and shoulder hurt when I eat?

Neck arthritis: There are several joints and intervertebral discs in the neck. These can wear out over time leading to pain. Degeneration of the joints or discs can cause neck pain, headaches, and/or shoulder pain. Poor sitting posture can actually put more pressure on these structures increasing the pain. Be sure to have a good sitting posture or lumbar support to reduce these symptoms. Read more

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I have tension in my neck and shoulder. Recently my elbows have started hurting. Is this caused by the neck and shoulder tension?

I have tension in my neck and shoulder. Recently my elbows have started hurting. Is this caused by the neck and shoulder tension?

Probably: If it gets worse or involves other areas go and see an orthopedic spine surgeon to make certain this is not a cervical spine issue. Read more

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When I have my neck in upright position and move the neck back slightly I get pain between my neck and shoulder (upper trap), have tight right shoulde?

When I have my neck in upright position and move the neck back slightly I get pain between my neck and shoulder (upper trap), have tight right shoulde?

Possibly: Analyze your activities, exercises, and sleep positions to figure what is setting this off. Also figure out what helps the most (stretches, message, ice etc). this will give you insight into what causes it and how to manage it. If possible avoid those positions until the soreness leaves you. If the pain is out of control, you will need to see a doctor. Hope it resolves easily. Read more

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What could be the cause of the swelling between my neck and shoulder? Is that a place for lymph nodes?

What could be the cause of the swelling between my neck and shoulder? Is that a place for lymph nodes?

Could be: Lymph nodes are all over the body. You cannot feel most of them but the head and neck area have many which can be felt and that shallow pocket above your collarbone is one area where they are appreciated. There are, however, other causes for swelling and depending upon your symptoms, if this doesn't go away see your doctor. Read more

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I have intermittant pain and numbness between my neck and shoulder. I'm on the computer a lot. Could that be the cause?

I have intermittant pain and numbness between my neck and shoulder. I'm on the computer a lot. Could that be the cause?

May be: Constant one position can cause excessive strain on some muscles and some people feel like numbness. However cervical spine problem may be considered. Read more

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