What causes neck pain?
Neck pain may be caused by stress, bad posture, overexertion, muscle strain, degenerative disc disease and other tissue disorders, pinched nerves, and even viral infections. The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association says that population-based studies demonstrate that neck and shoulder pain is a “public health problem”.
When there is no underlying illness, chronic neck and shoulder pain, though not life threatening, can be debilitating, resulting in a lack of mobility, difficulty with routine physical tasks, inability to participate in physical activities/exercise, sleeplessness, depression, irritability, and reduced quality of life.
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Treatments for neck pain and shoulder pain
Depending on the cause of chronic neck pain or shoulder pain, treatments may include physiotherapy, stretching, neck strengthening, ice/heat, muscle relaxants, pain relievers, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, corticosteroid injections, intramuscular stimulation, and acupuncture.
Neuromodulators for neck pain and shoulder pain
Neuromodulators were first approved in 1989 to treat the extreme muscle contractions caused by cervical dystonia – a disease with no known cause characterized by painful contractions that force the neck to turn.
Currently, and with some success, some doctor are using Botox for neck and shoulder pain associated with myofascial pain syndrome, degenerative disc disorder, and other chronic pain syndromes where muscle contractions/spasms may be the cause of pain. Neuromodulators relaxes muscles, inhibiting their ability to contract. A 2012 study revealed that neuromodulator injections “significantly improve pain and quality of life in people with chronic bilateral posterior neck and shoulder myofascial pain syndrome”.