Pain Management: Neck and Shoulder Pain
Management: Neck and Shoulder Pain
Neck and shoulder pain can be classified in many different ways.
Some people experience only neck pain or only shoulder pain,
while others experience pain in both areas.
Causes Neck Pain?
• Abnormalities in the bone
• Poor posture
• Degenerative diseases
• Muscle strain
Causes Shoulder Pain?
The shoulder is a ball and socket joint with a large range of
movement. Such a mobile joint tends to be more susceptible to
injury. Shoulder pain can stem from one or more of the following
• Strains from overexertion
• Tendonitis from overuse
• Shoulder joint instability
• Collar or upper arm bone
• Frozen shoulder
• Pinched nerves (also called
Are Neck and Shoulder Pain Diagnosed?
Plain X-rays can reveal narrowing of the space between two spinal
bones, arthritis-like diseases, tumors, slipped discs, narrowing
of the spinal canal, fractures and instability of the spinal
Magnetic resonance imaging is a noninvasive procedure that can
reveal the detail of neural (nerve-related) elements.
scanning: Sometimes used as an alternative to
(EMG) and nerve conduction velocity (NCV) are sometimes used
to diagnosis neck and shoulder pain, arm pain, numbness and
Are Neck and Shoulder Pain Treated?
The treatment of soft tissue neck and shoulder pain includes
the use of anti-inflammatory medication (such as Aleve or Motrin)
and/or acetaminophen (Tylenol). Depending on the source of pain,
drugs like muscle relaxers and even antidepressants might be
helpful. Pain also may be treated with a local application of
moist heat or ice. Local corticosteroid injection is often helpful
for arthritis of the shoulder. For both neck and shoulder pain
movement exercises may help. For cases in which nerve roots
or the spinal cord are involved, surgical procedures may be