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What causes severe pain in neck, shoulders, and arms?

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Posted on Thu, 28 May 2015
Question: I am experiencing severe pain in my neck, across both shoulders and down both arms, I have difficulty raising my right arm above my shoulder.
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Answered by Dr. Saurabh Gupta (35 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
History is suggestive of Adhesive capsulitis(Frozen shoulder).

Detailed Answer:
Hi,
Thanks for your query.

Although it isn't possible to diagnose your condition without an examination and a few tests, your history is suggestive of Adhesive capsulitis(Frozen shoulder) or Calcifictendonitis.

These conditions are easily managed by regular physiotherapy ( Range of motion exercices,stretching and strengthening exercises). Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as aspirin and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), can help reduce pain and inflammation associated with this condition.

I would suggest getting this evaluated by an orthopedician nearby for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate management. Your doctor after diagnosing the condition might refer to you a physical therapist.A physical therapist can teach you stretching exercises to help maintain as much mobility in your shoulder as possible

I do hope that you have found something helpful and I will be glad to answer any further query.

Take care

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Dr. Saurabh Gupta

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What causes severe pain in neck, shoulders, and arms?

Brief Answer: History is suggestive of Adhesive capsulitis(Frozen shoulder). Detailed Answer: Hi, Thanks for your query. Although it isn't possible to diagnose your condition without an examination and a few tests, your history is suggestive of Adhesive capsulitis(Frozen shoulder) or Calcifictendonitis. These conditions are easily managed by regular physiotherapy ( Range of motion exercices,stretching and strengthening exercises). Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as aspirin and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), can help reduce pain and inflammation associated with this condition. I would suggest getting this evaluated by an orthopedician nearby for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate management. Your doctor after diagnosing the condition might refer to you a physical therapist.A physical therapist can teach you stretching exercises to help maintain as much mobility in your shoulder as possible I do hope that you have found something helpful and I will be glad to answer any further query. Take care