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I get neck massages for moderate to severe neck arthritis, often the pain seems to emanate in the muscles of my upper-back. Which should be main focus?
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Dr. Haleh Niknia-Agdassi
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Multi focus
Moderate to severe neck arthritis can cause referred pain and spasms to the upper back muscles.
Massage therapy can be helpful in reducing pain. In order to decrease the pain a multi disciplinary approach will likely be more successful including being mindful of posture/ergonomics, stretching and strengthening program, stress reduction and others. Discuss with your md.

In brief: Multi focus
Moderate to severe neck arthritis can cause referred pain and spasms to the upper back muscles.
Massage therapy can be helpful in reducing pain. In order to decrease the pain a multi disciplinary approach will likely be more successful including being mindful of posture/ergonomics, stretching and strengthening program, stress reduction and others. Discuss with your md.
Dr. Haleh Niknia-Agdassi
Dr. Haleh Niknia-Agdassi
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Dr. Kamlesh Desai
Family Medicine
In brief: Neither
Focus on decreasing stress in life - usual cause of upper back /neck pain besides arthritis.

In brief: Neither
Focus on decreasing stress in life - usual cause of upper back /neck pain besides arthritis.
Dr. Kamlesh Desai
Dr. Kamlesh Desai
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