We are all prone to overdoing things every now and then, whether due to age, in sport, at work or just from exertion during everyday activity. Generally, taking the necessary time to rest, stretch and use pain medication appropriately should be enough to support recovery in a few days.
However, if you find that the pain in your neck, back and shoulders has become too much, cannot be treated at home or is affecting your mobility, you should seek expert advice from your GP.
Why does your neck and back hurt?
There are many reasons why you might experience pain in the back or neck areas, which can also sometimes extend to your shoulders, arms, hands or legs. Common causes can include injury such as whiplash or sprains caused during exercise and sport, a trapped nerve causing muscle weakness or numbness, a slipped disc within your spinal cord or possibly result from arthritis as we get older.
Shoulder pain when lifting your arm
If you are experiencing a sensation of something ‘catching’ in your shoulder, that sends pain to other parts of your body, this can be a symptom of a slipped disc in the neck or related to lifestyle factors such as poor posture.
We always recommend seeing a specialist if you are unsure of the causes or treatment for your pain as, whilst often a result of lifestyle factors or simply overdoing it. Sometimes shoulder pain can be a sign of torn tendons which, if left untreated, may not be easily repairable in the future.
How to relieve neck, back and shoulder pain
Not all conditions affecting your neck, back or shoulders will require invasive treatment or surgery, and many can be treated through a programme of exercises, stretching and complementary therapies such as acupuncture.