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Experiencing some pain in neck and shoulders due to continously working. How to cure it? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 07-Jun-2013
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Doctor:How can I help you/
User:Offlate I have been experiencing some pain in my neck & shoulders maybe due to continoiously working on a computer
Doctor:Do you feel better after rest/sleep?
Doctor:May I know your age and gender?
User:my age is 34 & gender is male
Doctor:Does the pain radiate down to the arm-forearm-fingers?
Doctor:Do you have pain in other joints?
Doctor:Any history of fever?
Doctor:Before I proceed to address your concern, is there any other information which you like to share?
Doctor:Like have you seen a doctor or tried any treatment?
User:no i didn't felt the need for the same
Doctor:Do you have history of any medical problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, thyroid or any other illness?
User:No but i have also not got myself diagnosed for these ailments
Doctor:Thanks for the information.
Doctor:Let me explain to you.
Doctor:Shoulder and neck pain are associated with multiple conditions especially relating to the spine such as spondylosis, disc protrussion, infection, inflammation, etc.
Doctor:Your problem doesn't seem to be associated with any such medical condition.
Doctor:And therefore, I have to agree with your inference.
Doctor:The pains are most likely caused by poor ergonomics at work.
Doctor:The treatment for such issues consists of 2 modalities.
Doctor:1. Use of analgesics such as pain killers, warm compresses or a hot shower during acute pain.
Doctor:2. Proper ergonomics.
Doctor:There are numerous pain killers staring with Tab.Dolo 650mg to stronger NSAIDS. These can be used depending on the intensity of pain.
User:i take cipzox when this kind of situation arises
Doctor:In addition, topical antiinflammatory analgesics like volini gel and other pain balms can be applied to the affected region.
Doctor:CIPZOX contains pain killer as well as muscle relaxants - good enough for such acute pains.
Doctor:However daily use of such medication on long term can affect kidneys, hence it is recommend that you follow proper ergonomics at work for prevention (the second modality).
Doctor:You would be able to read and learn about the ergonomics at work on the net. A few important points I would like to share here are:
User:I take around 3 tablets in a month
Doctor:3 tablets in a month is ok. But i still recommend the second modality
Doctor:mainly to avoid situations where you have to take medicines
Doctor:and to avoid the problem from worsening.
Doctor:Lack of proper ergonomics can aggravate the problem and lead to much more complex problems
Doctor:which may be difficult to manage only with simple medicines.
Doctor:Hence it is must that you do the changes right away.
Doctor:Coming back to few important changes;
Doctor:1. Sit upright at most times.
Doctor:2. Your feet should be properly rested on the ground so that your thigh is parallel to the ground.
Doctor:3. Your table should be at a level which allows your arms to rest parallel to the ground.
Doctor:4. Laptop or computer screen should be atleast 25 inches away from your eyes.
Doctor:5. The top of the screen should be below your eyes.
Doctor:6. Lastly use arm rest, proper typing skill and mouse to operate the system.
User:ok thanks
Doctor:This followed by 10 - 15 minutes break every hour and enough fluids will avoid most medical problems
Doctor:arising from occupation.
Doctor:Hope it is clear to you.
Doctor:Do you have any other query?
User:n o
User:thanks for all the help
Doctor:Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor:Bye for now.
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