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Dr. Mitchell Cohn
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Neck Strain (Definition)

Causes pain and discomfort with neck movement and can occur due to muscle strains, ...Read more


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I'm having stiff neck and shoulder muscles. How can I ease the stiffness?

I'm having stiff neck and shoulder muscles. How can I ease the stiffness?

Massage: Try seeing a massage therapist. Through manual therapy (ie: stretching, massage etc) your stiffness may subside. If this does not help, see an orthopedist. Best of luck! ...Read more

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I've been having pain under my left shoulder blade for almost 1yr. At first, it's on and off. I suffered frm stiff neck 3x in 2 yrs. What cld b d cause?

See details: It could be referred pain from the neck or it could be a separate issue. Have the program evaluated, preferably by an orthopedist or rheumatologist. ...Read more

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I am getting pins and needles between my shoulder blades and have a stiff neck. What could be wrong?

I am getting pins and needles between my shoulder blades and have a stiff neck. What could be wrong?

Several things: These are symptoms that could be potentially serious. Yous should discuss these with your physician. He/she will thoroughly evaluate you and let you know what's going on. ...Read more

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2 months ago I woke up with stiff neck.?he pain fade out, but since then, I have pain between the shoulder blade with tingling. It feels like muscular?

2 months ago I woke up with stiff neck.?he pain fade out, but since then, I have pain between the shoulder blade with tingling. It feels like muscular?

Radiculopathy: Radicular pain or a pinched nerve in the neck commonly refers between your shoulder blades. Probably still from your neck and time to get it checked... Especially if getting worse. ...Read more

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I woke up today with a stiff neck on my left side and my shoulder blade hurts too. My lymph node is pea sized in my neck and it feels swollen. Help?'

Viral infection: And musculo-skletal pain. An upper respiratory tract infection or a cold can inflame your cervical lymphonode. It gradually goes down after your cold or URI is over. The neck and shoulder pain could be due to sleeping on your left side. Take advil (ibuprofen) for the pain. It can take up to 10 days to get over the pain. ...Read more

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Nerve pain started on right shoulder blade but goes to center of spine and stiff neck and upper shoulders to front edges of breast. Causes? No shingle

Nerve pain started on right shoulder blade but goes to center of spine and stiff neck and upper shoulders to front edges of breast. Causes? No shingle

Evaluation: The pain could be neurologic, musculoskeletal or possibly visceral in origin. Please have a doctor do a physical assessment and see if more testing is needed. ...Read more

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Have a stiff neck right down to waiste also across shoulder blades, also have a cold I think, stuff nose, cough, fever, throat and chest when coughin?

Could be Flu: See your doctor for a flu test. Elderberry is very helpful in treating the flu. Homeopathic bryonia (feeling grumpy and better not moving and worse moving) or gelsemium (feeling dull dopey droopy dizzy) can be helpful. If the stiffness is worsening and you have a severe headache please go to the nearest emergency department. ...Read more

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Can stiff neck cause dizziness... My neck shoulder remains stiff next morning aftrr heavy badminton games.

Can stiff neck cause dizziness... My neck shoulder remains stiff next morning aftrr heavy badminton games.

Yes: Irritation to the neck and scalp muscles can give you headaches and dizziness. If your neck pain resolves after heavy muscle use but your other symptoms remain for more that a few days without improving I would suggest following with your doctor. ...Read more

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I have stiff neck for the past two weeks. Pain is now spreading to upper back and shoulder on the right side. Getting difficult to turn head. Help?

Neck pain: At your age, a stiff neck is most commonly due to degenerative changes, meaning aging changes. For now, your symptoms should be well treatable with simple conservative measures such as stretching, range of motion exercises, and anti-inflammatory meds (such as ibuprofen, naproxyn). See a md if symptoms persist. ...Read more

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I have a headache problem. I tend to get headache on weekends, especially after getting some nap. Before getting a headache, I tend to feel stiff neck and shoulder first and then feed headache. I have been feeling this way for more than 10 years. This sy

I have a headache problem. 
I tend to get headache on weekends, especially after getting some nap. Before getting a headache, I tend to feel stiff neck and shoulder first and then feed headache. I have been feeling this way for more than 10 years. This sy

Look for cause : Check with PCP to rule out common causes. If nothing is found look fir environmental causes like food allergy and nutritional deficiencies like magnesium deficiency. Please visit us at www.ehacstl.com to learn how we propose to treat the cause. If interested you can make appointment for evaluation. ...Read more

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I have a stiff neck and bad back/shoulder pains, help?

I have a stiff neck and bad back/shoulder pains, help?

Improper posture: You are straining your back and neck due to bad posture while using your gagdets. Make sure you maintain a good posture while working. Begin your day with streching exercises. Accomodations like using an ergonomic key board, work station and adjusting the height of your chair and desk will make a significant difference . Take frequent short breaks for stretching and relaxation exercises. ...Read more

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Stiff neck in winter- I get a pain originator g in my right neck, right shoulder and spreads across right back side. Its very painful for 2 days?

Stiff neck in winter- I get a pain originator g in my right neck, right shoulder and spreads across right back side. Its very painful for 2 days?

Possible nerve pain: This syndrome may be due to inflammation of the muscles of the neck and shoulder or may be due to nerve impingement from vertebral or disc problems in the neck. Try warm and cold applications, wearing a soft cervical collar and, if you can take them, NSAIDS like ibuprofen. If symptoms persist or worsen, an orthopedic surgeon is qualified to evaluate and advise you. ...Read more

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I get a stiff neck/shoulder about once a month. The pain decreases lasts a week. Changing pillows has not helped. What other reasons can cause this?

I get a stiff neck/shoulder about once a month. The pain decreases lasts a week. Changing pillows has not helped. What other reasons can cause this?

Neuritis: Sometimes there can be nerve irritation in the spine, in this case the cervical region. May want to see your doctor and have x-ray/MRI to see if there is possible disc/pressure on nerves coming out from that part of your spine.Also, could be due to tension /stress that will give upper back/ neck spasms ...Read more

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No stiff neck, but if I touch my left side of my neck and push down it hurts. A little in the shoulder too. Sometimes when I turn as well. What is this?

Muscle Spasm: What you have described is a pressure point. You have pressed on a cervical nerve root, most likely c-5 dermatomal distribution. ...Read more

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I woke up with a stiff neck and saw shoulder how can I relive the pain?

I woke up with a stiff neck and saw shoulder how can I relive the pain?

Nerve or muscle: This could be due to a nerve entrapment or inflamed muscle. If the pain is worse on turning your head toward the pain, a pinched nerve is likely; if worse turning away from the pain it is probably muscular. Try rest, intermittent moist heat, an antiinflammatory medication(like Ibuprofen if you can take them) and using a neck brace. It may take 5 to 10 days to resolve. ...Read more

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I woke up with a stiff neck and shoulder muscle. My worry is why it was swollen up? Is that normal??

I woke up with a stiff neck and shoulder muscle. My worry is why it was swollen up? Is that normal??

Shoulder pain: Clearly this is not "normal". You have injured yourself somehow. Perhaps you were lifting something that was too heavy for you ar you repeatedly exerted yourself to 100% with the shoulder and have and overuse problem. Ice it 20 minutes 4xday, take some anti-inflammatory (ibuprofen 600mg 4x day) and rest it. If its not better in a week OR it gets worse (Red/hot/more painful) see a doc. ...Read more

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Dizziness lasting a few minutes at a time. This has been happening throughout the day for a week. Stiff neck. Shoulder pain and nausea?

Occipital neuralgia: (ON) involves the greater and lesser occipital nerves located in the back of the scalp and can produce neck pain as well as headache. The most common symptom is suboccipital pain radiating to the back of the head and occasionally down the back of the neck. This is treatable condition. Rec. See orofacial pain or pain management specialist. ...Read more

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37 yr husband woke up w/stiff neck 2 weeks ago. Since then pain in the neck is better. Now it is shooting pain in right shoulder & shoulder?

Go see your doc: One of the things you have to rule out is if he is having symptoms consistent with cervical radiculopathy/radiculitis. This is an irritation of the nerves arising from the neck which may be due to a leaking disc or stenosis. Bring him to a physician so that he could be examined and diagnostic studies could be ordered such as x-ray or even an MRI of the cervical spine & emg-ncv of the upper ext. ...Read more

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I was hit on the head with a box that wasn't heavy. Before this I had stiff neck, shoulder, & back. What sign should I worry and should I see doctor?

I was hit on the head with a box that wasn't heavy. Before this I had stiff neck, shoulder, & back.  What sign should I worry and should I see doctor?

Knocked out.: If the box you and you were knocked out it is much more likely you may have a significant injury. We look for neurologic findings such as mental confusion, upset stomach, eyes focusing properly, ambulating properly. You could also have pain in your arms or loss of function in your arms. ...Read more

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Just started today livalo (pitavastatin) and losartan my head felt heavy all day and stiff neck shoulder area I do have ged so is this normal?

Just started today livalo (pitavastatin) and losartan my head felt heavy all day and stiff neck shoulder area I do have ged so is this normal?

Give it time: It's almost certainly a coincidence. Give the medicines a fair trial — at least a few weeks. If you're still convinced that you're having side effects, they should be stopped as a trial and reintroduced one at a time to see which one may be responsible, if either. More likely you're just having some understandable reservations about being on new medicines. Try to concentrate on the benefits. ...Read more

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Right side of my body is inflammed. I have tight shoulder, tight lower back, stiff neck just on the right side, tight thighs, etc. What's wrong?

Right side of my body is inflammed. I have tight shoulder, tight lower back, stiff neck just on the right side, tight thighs, etc. What's wrong?

Hard to say: It really hard to say based upon info. For example, what does it mean to say right side of body is inflamed? There are simple things, such as a viral respiratory infection that can be associated with aches in the muscles and joints. There are more serious conditions, such as meningitis, that can cause similar complaints and is life threatening. You should probably be checked. Thank you. ...Read more

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I have a sharp pain in my right shoulder from my stiff neck and when I cough it hurts also I have pain on right side near ribs what could it be?

I have a sharp pain in my right shoulder from my stiff neck and when I cough it hurts also I have pain on right side near ribs what could it be?

Variety of causes: This could be a variety of things. A thorough history and physical needs to be completed by your health care provider. ...Read more