If pain or other symptoms start to worsen, call your doctor or immediately go to a hospital emergency department.
Minor injuries that have only slight pain can be treated at home. If the source of the pain and the cause of the pain are not known, or if symptoms suggest you might have a more serious condition, you should contact your doctor while initiating basic care measures.
Timely follow-up visits to your doctor plus following his or her recommendations will enable you to recover faster.
Because most neck and shoulder pain is caused by
sprains and strains , you can expect a full recovery or to recover with minor limitations on your activities.
Some conditions require hospitalization, surgical repair,
physical therapy, or other rehabilitative measures. The extent of recovery may be complete or limited. Some conditions can be
recurrent or persistent; thus, you should have a treatment plan to learn how to deal with and adapt to any limitations.