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Question Posted Thursday April 12 2007, 7:44 pm

My shoulder hurts so badly, from carrying my backpack. It's been like this all year, and it got even worse recently. I think that it might be considered a muscle knot, but I'm not sure.
Besides visiting a doctor, taking advil, and using a different kind of backpack, what can I do to make it feel better?

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Brandi_S answered Thursday April 12 2007, 9:51 pm:
Try using a muscle cream, like Icy Hot or Theragesic on the sore muscle.

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gymcutiepie01 answered Thursday April 12 2007, 9:23 pm:
a heating pad and a muscle relaxer will do wonders for your aching shoulder! look into buying a heating pad that plugs into the wall... usually it lets you controll the heat and they last a really long time! muscle relaxers are really great for on the go its like a portable massusee

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christina answered Thursday April 12 2007, 8:43 pm:
You should have both straps on both shoulders to prevent shoulder pain. If you're getting shoulder pain, you might develop scoliosis, so you really need to get that checked out.

Also, make sure there's padding in the straps of the bookbag because it adds comfort & prevents scoliosis. Carry some books in your hands instead of your backpack to make the load less heavy. But definitely see a doctor about that.

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sugarplum07 answered Thursday April 12 2007, 8:35 pm:
You should try carring your backpack on the other shoulder. Maybe carry one or two books in your arms instead of in your backpack as well.

As for making it feel better, alternate hot and cool packs throughout the day. That will soothe the muscle and loosen it up. It's also important to keep that area of your back limber. Stretch your back as often as possible. Rotate your arm; stretch it out as far as you can across your chest; link hands behind your back and push out with them; roll your shoulder forward and backward slowly.

Take an anti-inflammatory medicince such as aleve. This will bring down the swelling and relieve the pain.

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confusionwitboys answered Thursday April 12 2007, 8:31 pm:
well you probably just messed up your back but just dont put so much weight in your backpack carry some of your stuff in your hands. It'll take the weight of your back and it should feel better.
hope i helped


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xitsxlovex answered Thursday April 12 2007, 8:27 pm:
i think you should go to the doctor and see what him/her can do for it=]

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