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Ripping noise from neck, severe pain in the shoulder. See a doctor?

I was sitting at the computer this morning when I put my arms up to stretch ...I turned my head and heard a ripping noise that sounded like it came from my neck . I m now experiencing serious pain in the left side of my neck and my left shoulder--I can barely move. Do I need to go to a doctor or should I just put heat/ cold on it?
Asked On : Wed, 5 Dec 2012
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You can observe this for 1-2 days and see if the pain is decreasing with analgesics and hot compresses. Sudden stretching usually leads to stretching of the ligaments and muscles associated with the area and if stretched beyond their limits, a partial tear might occur leading to severe pain. The main aim of treatment is to use analgesics, apply gel to the area and hot compresses. The main thing that needs to be followed is provision of rest: do not perform any exercises or stretches that injure the area further. If the pain goes on increasing after 1-2 days then you should consult a doctor.
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