Neck Pain

Neck and Shoulder Pain? Here’s What You Need To Know

Neck and Shoulder Pain
Written by Nancy

Can’t sleep, walk, or reach the medicine cabinet? A knot or a twisted muscle can restrict mobility. Here is all you need to know about neck and shoulder pain.

Neck and shoulder anatomy

The structure of neck and shoulder depends on the alignment of fascia and muscles between them. Your rib cage is the strong anchor for your shoulder, neck and head. The skeletal structure of shoulder and neck consists of cervical spine, clavicle (collar bone), and scapula (shoulder blades).

These muscle and bones work together to allow a range of motion in your body. An injury or poor posture can disrupt the balance between the muscle and fascia, causing discomfort.

Common causes of neck and shoulder pain

Rotary cuff tendinitis

This condition is prevalent in many people and is caused by inflammation in the tendons. This inhibits your shoulder’s joint movement. It is also known as impingement syndrome.

People who sit in same posture for long hours, lift heavy objects, sleep on the same side every day, or practice sports like swimming, tennis, or baseball are susceptible to this condition.


An injury can happen due to practicing a sport, accident, or overuse of muscle. There can be a tear in the muscle or a dislocation of joint. With timely treatment and physiotherapy, you can heal your injury in no time.


Arthritis is characterised with muscle stiffness, swelling, and pain. It affects middle aged and elderly people. The condition may progresses with age. Excessive use of neck and shoulder muscle can tear the ligament, causing the joints to rub against each other.

Fracture neck and shoulder

Any type of fracture is detrimental to your healthy, but sustaining an injury near your cervical bone can impair movement.  Fracture can cause bruising, swelling, irritation, and inflammation in the affected area. If the break is severe, long term physical therapy is required to regain movement.

Pinched nerve

Another factor that causes discomfort and restricts mobility is nerve damage. Common symptoms of a compressed nerve are tingling, numbness, and pain in the affected area. A nerve can be compressed due to an injury or a medical condition. By visiting a chronic pain management clinic, flexibility and mobility can be gained in the affected area.

Treatment plan

Revaluate your lifestyle

If you are experiencing neck and shoulder pain frequently, evaluate your lifestyle. You may be applying undue stress on your muscles. Focus on a healthy diet; make exercise a constant part of your lifestyle.

Correct your posture

Bad posture can cause many health issues, including neck and shoulder pain. Make sure you sit with sufficient support to your back.

If your job ties you down to a desk, your seating arrangement should be comfortable.

Medicine for pain

Consult a doctor, if the pain is consistent or worsening. Pain medication reduces the immediate discomfort, but does not treat the underlying cause. Commit to a treatment plan that has lasting effects.


When the pain becomes unmanageable or when the damage is beyond your body’s natural healing capacity, a doctor will suggest surgical treatment.

Other treatment plans

Various treatment plans are available in the market to manage pain, such as laser therapy, trigger therapy, chiropractic, prolotherapy, shock wave therapy, etc.

These services can be availed at Divergent Health Care. They have designed a chronic pain management system to address and treat pain in comprehensive manner. Call 40309098111 to make an appointment.

About the author



I’m Nancy and no, I didn’t always look like I do in that picture on the right. My foray into health and fitness began as a brace-faced, 16 year-old who was too afraid to wear a two-piece at the beach because I felt my body paled in comparison to my much more toned friends.

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