Neck Pain

Neck pain can result from many things such as poor posture, osteoarthritis, muscle strains, worn joints, nerve compression, injuries, and other health conditions. To prevent neck pain, maintain good posture, avoid carrying heavy bags on your shoulders, and sleep in a good position.

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I have been suffering from neck, back, and shoulder pain, making it difficult for me to sit or walk. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 19-year-old boy. My height is five feet and seven inches, and I weigh 61 kilograms. I am suffering from neck pain, back pain, and shoulder pain. I have been suffering from pain for a long time. For example, if I sit on a chair for a long time, I cannot walk. Also, the pain has reac...  Read Full »

Sreenivasa Rao

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your concern and advise you to get your neck properly examined for any postural abnormalities. You have to get your neck mobility and alignment restored with physiotherapy mobilizations. Do icing for your neck frequently. Maintain posture in all the activities yo...  Read Full »

What could be the reason for constant dull pain in head and neck?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been getting a sudden radiating pain like a wave from the back of the head up to the forehead. It is worse on right side and radiates to left side. It comes suddenly and is dull, but about 7/10 in pain scale. It goes away almost as fast as it starts. It happens multiple times a day...  Read Full »

Shakti Mishra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to According to your complaint, physical structure of the body and workstation type, you are having a very sedentary lifestyle. I think there might be ergonomically raised causes for your symptoms. Long hours of sitting at your job might have put a lot of pressure ove...  Read Full »

Why is there acute pain and inflammation behind the neck and shoulder?

Query: Hello doctor, I have acute pain and inflammation behind the neck and shoulder. Tingling pain in the left-hand finger and pain in the middle back and sometimes lower back. I am male, 27 years old.  Read Full »

Vikram S. Bharadwaj

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I think you must be suffering from cervical spondylitis with radiculopathy. This must have arose due to long time sitting posture or carrying a backpack. I suggest hot fomentation by hot water bag for 10 minutes with three sessions per day. Then, apply some local pain r...  Read Full »

I have neck pain on the back side of my neck. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor,I have had neck pain on the back side of my neck for the last four months. My friend held me very tightly from my shoulders near my neck while I was lying on the sofa. After that incident, my neck started paining. I went to an orthopedic but did not get any relief from the medications. ...  Read Full »

Sreenivasa Rao

Answer: Hello,Welcome to read your query and understand your concern.As you do not have any issues found in the neck in investigations. It could be more related to pain. I would like to know exactly where the pain is in your neck. Is it in the upper neck or lower part.? Do you have any restric...  Read Full »

My neck has been hurting, especially when I lift my right arm over my head. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor,My neck has been hurting since last week. I stood up and felt something pop and began to become sore. I have been able to work out and go to work all week, and I thought it was getting better, but today, it hurts more, especially when I lift my right arm over my head. Unfortunately, there ...  Read Full »

Sreenivasa Rao

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. In my opinion, you have a facet joint irritation in your neck. I recommend the following: Apply ice to your neck. A very gentle massage over the neck will be helpful. A gentle stretch done gradually with an increase in the neck range will b...  Read Full »

I have a pinched nerve causing severe pain in my neck, and my left hip is tight. How can I treat them?

Query: Hi doctor, I think I have a pinched nerve in my neck, and my left hip is tight, making it hard to walk. I am in severe pain unless I am asleep, and I am nauseated, also. I had back surgery 11 years ago. Please help.  Read Full »

Sreenivasa Rao

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. I suggest you thoroughly investigate your present complaint. Less calcium in the body to the low back neural issue may give rise to similar problems. I also suggest needing a good blood workup, an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) for your...  Read Full »

I have neck stiffness and pain near the shoulder blades. What should I do?

Query: Hi doctor, My back, upper or middle, has a lot of tension, and the neck is very stiff, which must be 'cracked' to relieve it temporarily. Pain near the shoulder blades and tension in the middle back near the spine. My x-ray findings are normal. What should I do next?  Read Full »

Sreenivasa Rao

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Your current problem is most likely neck stiffness, specifically levator scapula stiffness. It is pulling your shoulder blades and tensing the muscles in your upper back. I recommend you apply cold compression around the neck's nape once eve...  Read Full »

Please suggest some exercises to relieve my neck pain.

Query: Hello,Please suggest some exercises to get rid of neck pain in the nape. I continuously sit and work on the system nine hours a day and have had this bad ache for a month. Please help.  Read Full »

Mohammed Wajid

Answer: Hi,Welcome to read your query and understand your concern.A. I suggest you perform the following steps for forward and backward tilt-1. This can be done while you are seated or standing on your feet. Keep your moves slow and smooth.2. Start with your head squarely over your shoulders a...  Read Full »

I want to buy a cervical traction device for my neck and strain. Is it safe?

Query: Hello doctor, I have neck pain and strain past few days. I am thinking of purchasing the cervical traction device. I have attached the pictures of it. I need a professional opinion on whether this device will be helpful and the most important question, is it safe to use? Please give me your opinion...  Read Full »

Mohammed Wajid

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thanks for writing in, and I understand your concern. I have seen this device and other models are also available in the market (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). The most important thing about this device that it is perfect for people suf...  Read Full »

Why do I have chronic neck and shoulder pain from childhood?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 21 year old female, and I am experiencing chronic neck and shoulder pain. It ranges from dull to severe and happens when I stand or walk for over an hour. I have been experiencing this since I was a child and have never received an explanation or treatment. I am not sure if it is r...  Read Full »

James. F. Geiselman

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have reviewed your question and viewed your image (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I am sorry you are experiencing chronic neck and shoulder pain. Based on the image, it is hard to tell what vertebrae this is. It could be C7 or T1. Does it hurt when ...  Read Full »

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