Frozen shoulder is a condition whereby the shoulder becomes stiff and painful to move in all directions. Frozen shoulder usually worsens over time. Frozen shoulder affects people between the ages of 40 and 60 years old, it can occur in either in men and women. The medical term for frozen shoulder is Adhesive Capsulitis.
Your neck and shoulders ache a lot more. You may feel a knot, stiffness, or severe pain in your neck. The pain may spread to your shoulders, upper back, or arms. You may get a headache. You may not be able to move or turn your head and neck easily. If there is pressure on a spinal nerve root , you might have pain that shoots down your arm . You may also have numbness, tingling, or weakness in your arm.
How is Neck & Shoulder Pain treated?
The type of treatment you need will depend on whether your neck and shoulder pain is caused by activities, an injury, or another medical condition.
Most people have back and neck pain from time to time. Some people have ongoing pain that affect their daily activities. Find out how our spine specialist can treat, manage, and avoid back and neck pain.
Dr. Mathew Tung is a specialist in the management of acute and chronic neck pain.
Dr. Mathew Tung’s neck pain clinic in Singapore specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic neck pain. He provides non-invasive and effective treatment to patients throughout Singapore.
What Causes Neck Pain?
Many people suffer with acute or chronic neck pain. A modern lifestyle where too much time is spent in poor posture, using tablet, or smartphone is one of the most common causes of neck pain. This poor posture leads to misalignment and subluxation throughout the spine, which causes not only neck pain but often radiant pain throughout the body including the shoulders and arms.
Whiplash and other injuries sustained in car accidents are another major cause to the development of neck pain.
Osteoarthritis, degenerative diseases, and abnormalities in the bones and joints can also contribute to neck pain.
Patients should seek immediate medical attention if their neck pain is accompanied by shooting pain, numbness, or loss of strength in arms or hands.
How is neck pain diagnosed?
Dr. Tung performs comprehensive manual examinations of the neck and spine. He takes a holistic approach to health and wellbeing so will also ask questions about the patient’s lifestyle, general health, and any possible accidents or activities that could contribute to the neck pain.
In many cases, Dr. Tung finds that the patient is suffering from “text neck” which is an unnatural forward positioning of the cervical spine. This forward position leads to misalignment and nerve compression.
If a patient has been in an accident, he or she should seek assessment and care as soon as possible, even if there are no symptoms. Often the adrenaline surge following an accident masks any painful symptoms for several days. Dr. Tung will be able to diagnose any issues even if there isn’t any pain.
How does Dr. Mathew Tung treats neck pain?
Dr. Tung provides his patients with expert pain control methods:
Physical Methods: Physiotherapy.
Oral Medication: To reduce inflammation to the neck area.
The gluteus medius is one of the main buttock muscles that are responsible for holding the pelvis stable and supporting your body on your legs when standing, walking, or running. It also helps control the sideways movement of your legs. If the gluteus medius is strained in some way, it can become tender and tight and less able to function normally.
Causes for Gluteus Medius Dysfunction
Stress or tension alone, if it continues with some intensity over a long period of time, can make your gluteus medius tighten up. Apart from the pain this causes, the muscles may become shortened and less flexible. In addition, referred pain from the spine or hip can cause dysfunction in the muscle. However, the most common cause of injury to the gluteus medius is overworking or stretching them beyond their normal range. Athletes, particularly runners, hurdlers, and long jumpers, frequently overuse their gluteus medius and soometimes cause them to tear from failing to adequately stretch or warm up before any activity, particularly in cold weather. A less common cause of gluteus medius trauma is a direct impact, such as a heavy fall onto the buttocks, which usually leads to bruising and irritation of the underlying bursa (a protective fluid-filled sac).
Symptoms and Diagnosis for Gluteus Medius Dysfunction
Apart from buttock and hip pain on one or both sides of your body, and possibly leg pain, you may feel stiff, be slightly unstable when standing, and find moving your hip awkward. Your doctor will carry out a physical examination to establish the cause of your problems.
Risks and Recovery for Gluteus Medius Dysfunction
Minor strains and bruises will usually heal on their own within a few weeks, but if action is not taken fairly promptly to rehabilitate overtight or stretched muscles, recovery may be slower. Muscles held in a state of tension for too long will fail to regain their former range of movement and response.