Shoulder and Neck Pain Health (cont.)

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Follow-up

Timely follow-up visits to your doctor plus following his or her recommendations will enable you to recover faster. Eventually gradual exercises and/or rehabilitation with physical therapy can be used to help recovery and prevent further injury.

Shoulder and Neck Pain Prevention

  • To prevent injuries, examine your home for potential hazards and correct them to reduce the chance of accidental injury.
  • Proper exercise of the shoulders and neck can reduce the risk of injury.
  • When performing hazardous tasks, have someone present to reduce the likelihood of injury. For example, when climbing a ladder, have someone hold the base of the ladder to keep it from sliding to either side.
  • Know your limitations. Do not perform activities that you do not have the training, skills, tools, or strength to accomplish.
  • Wear seat belts and use other safety equipment to reduce injuries.

Shoulder and Neck Pain Prognosis

Because most neck and shoulder pain is caused by sprains and strains, you can expect a full recovery or to recover with minor limitations on your activities.

Some conditions require hospitalization, surgical repair, physical therapy, or other rehabilitative measures. The extent of recovery may be complete or limited. Some conditions can be recurrent or persistent; thus, you should have a treatment plan to learn how to deal with and adapt to any limitations.

Medically reviewed by Aimee V. HachigianGould, MD; American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Previous contributing author and editors:

Author: Andrew Jenis, MD, Chairman, Department of Emergency Medicine, Cortland Memorial Hospital.

Editors: Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM, Research Director, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine; Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, Senior Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine; Thomas Rebbecchi, MD, FAAEM, Program Director, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

Medically reviewed by Aimee V. HachigianGould, MD; American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Previous contributing author and editors:

Author: Andrew Jenis, MD, Chairman, Department of Emergency Medicine, Cortland Memorial Hospital.

Editors: Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM, Research Director, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine; Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, Senior Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine; Thomas Rebbecchi, MD, FAAEM, Program Director, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

REFERENCE:

Klippel, John H., et al. Primer on the Rheumatic Diseases. 13th edition. New York: Springer, 2008.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/9/2014

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