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Doctor insights on: Stiff Neck And Shoulder Muscles

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Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...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 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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So i have a sore shoulder and stiff neck all on right side.i have anxiety will tight muscles will feel more prominent. Its not visual but wheni pushin?

So i have a sore shoulder and stiff neck all on right side.i have anxiety will tight muscles will feel more prominent. Its not visual but wheni pushin?

Anxiety: is state of tension, apprehension, worry, uneasiness or fear. It may be related to anticipated danger or arise for no apparent reason. While mild episodes of anxiety are common and do not usually require treatment, more severe forms can be chronic and debilitating. See your PCP for evaluation and referral. Do not self medicate to ovoid serious complications. ...Read more

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Shoulder and neck muscle pain and stiffness, won't go away overnight?

Shoulder and neck muscle pain and stiffness, won't go away overnight?

Try simple things: I would try tylenol (acetaminophen) and anti-inflammatory medications (eg ibuprofen, aleve, etc) as well as modalities (e.g. Ice and heat). I would try heat first. It might be postural, especially if you sit at a computer/desk all day. Try paying attention to your posture. If it does not improve in 1-2 weeks, see your doctor. ...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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Neck Strain (Definition)

A stiff neck causes pain and discomfort with neck movement. Causes vary, and include muscle strains, ...Read more