How are neck and shoulder pain treated?

Neck and shoulder pain are treated with one or more of the following:

  • Anti-inflammatory medicine and/or acetaminophen (Tylenol®).
  • Moist heat or ice applied to the neck or shoulder.
  • An injection of a corticosteroid into the shoulder for arthritis.
  • Movement exercises (for both neck and shoulder pain).

For cases in which nerve roots or the spinal cord are involved, surgery might be necessary.

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