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What is a neck strain or shoulder strain do to your body?

What is a neck strain or shoulder strain do to your body?

Should resolve: Neck/shoulder strains should resolve with time and appropriate conservative management. There should not be any long term effects on your body. ...Read more

Neck Injury (Definition)

Applied to the neck or cervical region that overcomes the strength of the neck's structures resulting in damage to those structures ranging from muscles, ligaments, joints, discs, ...Read more


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I'm experiencing neck strain.

I'm experiencing neck strain.

Usually will resolve: Definitely need more details to help assess this more. A non-trauma or injury related neck strain will usually resolve on its own with rest, heat, stretching and massage. If it doesn't improve in 5-7days, is worsen or you are developing any other symptoms other then just muscle soreness and tightness, spasm -- recommend a consult. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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How can you reduce neck strain at the computer?

How can you reduce neck strain at the computer?

Ergonomics: Arrange computer station to minimize strain: monitor straight ahead or slightly below line of sight; keyboard at proper height; forearms supported; comfortable, adjustable chair. Take breaks to stretch & exercise neck & shoulder muscles. Use tylenol/nsaid judiciously. Moist heat to neck & shoulders. Neck massage by trained person (some even come to workplace). ...Read more

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After getting made fun of by one of the docs, I will re-phrase my q. Are there any ways to safely lift weights to tone underarms without neck strain?

After getting made fun of by one of the docs, I will re-phrase my q. Are there any ways to safely lift weights to tone underarms without neck strain?

I'm no trainer: but if you lie on your back with you neck supported on the bench, you can take some light free weights and hold them in your hand and push up into the air while keeping in position. That will help you triceps (underarms). Suggest youtube for triceps exercises. ...Read more

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I am experiencing neck pain and neck strain. It's been iver a year. It's only on the left side, my neck and that part if my head.

Diagnosis: What are other symptoms? Local pain/ Radiating into arm? numbness or tingling? constant, intermittent ? recent trauma or activity? Happened before? Treatment in the past? Any previous work ups? ...Read more

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I am experiencing neck strain. Had x ray. Loss curvature. Taking relafin and Norfolk. Getting MRI. Any thought on how to regain curvature?

I am experiencing  neck strain.  Had x ray.  Loss curvature.  Taking relafin and Norfolk.  Getting MRI.  Any thought on how to regain curvature?

Loss of curvature: is generally not, in and of itself, a primary abnormality. Rather, it is usually a response to regional muscle spasm or strain. So, when the neck muscle strain resolves, the curvature will likely return to normal. ...Read more

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My neck forward rapidly on scooter,one month ago now neck pain is completely gone.Im wonder How I sustained such incident with just minor neck strain

My neck forward  rapidly on scooter,one month ago now neck pain is completely gone.Im wonder How I sustained such incident with just minor neck strain

Neck Pain: Strangely the degree of "whiplash" has little direct relation to degree of pain. Factors such as head turning at time of neck trauma, habitual bad posture, continued bad posture, are factors. MRI may show anatomical changes. Recommend: 4 minute shower to back of neck while slowly turning from side to side. Massage to neck - like a toothpaste squeeze is beneficial. ...Read more

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I am experiencing severe back pain and neck strain I have klippel feil and scoliosis what can I do about the pain?

I am experiencing  severe back pain and neck strain I have klippel feil and scoliosis what can I do about the pain?

PainPillsGetChecked: You can try over the counter pain pills like Tylenol or ibuprofen if there is no allergy or stomach ulcer history.And make an appointment with your doctor and get it checked since you have Kippel Feil Syndrome and Scoliosis ...Read more

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Can neck strain cause vertigo? Slept on my neck wrong, now it is aching and i feel off balance. Been happening pretty often lately.

Can neck strain cause vertigo? Slept on my neck wrong, now it is aching and i feel off balance. Been happening pretty often lately.

No: Separate issues see ENT md for vertigo/ off balance see rehab md may get immediate relief by neck position as sleep. Wrap your arm around pillow next to chest so arms are 'down' while sleeping head pillow has to be firm enough, and head must beperpendicular to your shoulder and not touching your shoulder as you sleep. ...Read more

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Pain in left temple, burning sensation for over 3 weeks now. Neck strain being investigated but I'm concerned it's something worse?

TMJ: Check your TMJ. Is there clicking? Pain on chewing? Probably a combination of TMJ and neck. Look in mirror. Practice seeing your jaw relax. ...Read more

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I have neck strain. Dont know whether its a muscle strain or not. To relieve the pain i apply 'volini' but it does not last long. I sleep on 2 pillows?

Motion testing: When your neck hurts, one way to assess the cause is to slowly move your neck in flexion, extension, side to side and then lowering each ear to your shoulder. With significant muscle involvement, you will feel the particualr area of the muscle resist your motion. If you, instead hear a gentle popping, that may signal a joint issue. ...Read more

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Head pain lower left side about even with ear. Randomly comes on. Could it be result of neck strain?

Possible : another more common reason for the symptoms you mentioned is grinding of teeth which may cause Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD). This would be best evaluated by a dentist. ...Read more

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How long does it take for neck strain & associated muscle spasms/pain to go away completely? What are the best/fastest methods of treatment?

How long does it take for neck strain & associated muscle spasms/pain to go away completely? What are the best/fastest methods of treatment?

Results vary: Assuming no other structural injuries i use 80% Better in 6 weeks as a rule of thumb , reduce stress and massage no treatment is superior they are all equal to time alone ...Read more

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I'm having a gastric and constipation. It caused light-headedness and neck strain. Sometimes, it was also followed by anxiety attack. Is it normal?

I'm having a gastric and constipation. It caused light-headedness and neck strain. Sometimes, it was also followed by anxiety attack. Is it normal?

Common is not Normal: This may be common but if normal means nothing is wrong, no - it's not normal. You might just need more water or a look at your diet/exercise lifestyle. It could be a specific flu or bad food. Anxiety is best managed by some CBT to learn skills and it can really help. This anxiety may have done a good job in motivating you - that's what it was intended to be - a push to action! Best wishes! ...Read more

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Misdiagnoses of neck strain meant the costochondral separation was not treated properly in the acute phase. After two years, is there hope to heal?

Misdiagnoses of neck strain meant the costochondral separation was not treated properly in the acute phase.  After two years, is there hope to heal?

Yes: Interesting - presumably your "neck" pain is low and in front, and the costochondral separation is high on your chest wall. Keep in mind that the treatment for a costochondral separation is essentially the same as that for neck strain - time, pt, localized treatment such as e-stim, and nsaids, so you may not have lost anything from the misdiagnosis. Consider steroid injections and home tens. ...Read more

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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