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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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 »

What can cause pain and tenderness in the jaw, teeth sensitivity, and neck pain?

Query: Hi doctor,I am getting pain and tenderness in my jaw and face. I also have sensitivity in my teeth with pain. I have pressure around my head or temples. I have pain on the top of the scalp. I have blocked ears. I have clicking while opening and closing my mouth. I have pain in my shoulders and neck ...  Read Full »

Sreenivasa Rao

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your concern. In my opinion, you seem to have a temporomandibular joint issue. It causes referred pain with upper neck stability issues. I suggest you kindly consult a physiotherapist for having a thorough physical examination and take treatment ...  Read Full »

How to get rid of pain in the right arm, shoulder, and neck?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 49 years old male, and I have pain in the right arm joint up to the shoulder neck for the last few days. It increased from yesterday evening, and I have difficulty in moving. For pain relief, I inconsistently took Combiflam.  Read Full »

Sreenivasa Rao

Answer: Hello, Welcome to In my opinion, it could be due to some nerve irritation following neck spasm due to facet joint irritation. Nothing to worry about. As of now, I would advise you to Keep icing frequently. Over the neck once every 2 hours for 15 mins. Gentle massage over the n...  Read Full »

Are neck pain and toe numbness after tailbone injury serious?

Query: Hi doctor, My 12-year-old daughter was walking with her dog tonight at 8 pm. The dog saw a cat and it pulled my daughter to the ground. My daughter got a hit in her tailbone. Now she is having pain in the neck and toes with numbness and tingling. Is this something to be concerned? Can it escalate i...  Read Full »

Mohammed Wajid

Answer: Hi, Welcome to There is nothing to be worried about your daughter. It is just a minor jerk. As she is 12 years old, her weak muscles cause pain in her. You can give a tablet Aceclofenac with Paracetamol for three days. You can also give Paracetamol syrup twice a day for three days...  Read Full »

How to treat my chronic neck pain and muscle weakness?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a concussion last year. It appears now my spine is misaligned, and I have subluxations in C1, C3, C6, L3. I have been dizzy and had sinus issues with no infection, chronic migraines, headaches, severe neck pain, TMJ, some tingling in my lips and feet, muscle weakness. Also, my sk...  Read Full »

Mohammed Wajid

Answer: Hi, Welcome to This is so simple. Do not worry. Visit any nearest physical therapy center and ask them to apply IFT (interferential therapy) and US (ultrasound therapy). Take this treatment for over a month. With first-week IFT and the US itself, the pains will reduce, and then they ...  Read Full »

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