Every part of your body is connected, which means when you feel pain in one place, it might actually stem from somewhere else. While most cases of shoulder pain result from an injury in the shoulder itself, it’s not uncommon for pain to radiate into the shoulder when one or more nerves in the neck have been injured. Here’s how to tell when shoulder pain is caused by a neck injury and when your condition warrants treatment at Back 2 Health.
When your shoulder hurts, your first instinct is to assume you injured your shoulder. Here are the signs that indicate the pain may stem from higher in your neck or cervical spine:
Clearly, the symptoms of nerve-related pain are wide-ranging. Your unique anatomy and perception of pain can alter what you experience even more. You need an official diagnosis before you can pursue effective treatment and enjoy lasting pain relief.
Eight nerve roots start in the cervical spine and branch out through your shoulders. If any of these nerves become pinched or inflamed, the pain can radiate along the nerve and into your shoulder, arm, or hand. Several neck problems can result in neuropathy pain in your shoulder, including:
If you try typical at-home care such as resting and icing your shoulder with no effect, it’s likely that you have a nerve problem rather than a musculoskeletal injury. You know it’s time to see a doctor if the pain persists, affecting your daily activities and range of motion. Ignoring the problem could cause it to worsen or even result in permanent nerve damage.
There’s no need to suffer from shoulder pain when you can receive quality treatment at Back 2 Health in Goose Creek. We use non-invasive methods to treat nerve problems, including neuropathy injections, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, chiropractic care, massage therapy, physical therapy, and more.
Interested in learning more? Call Back 2 Health at (843) 405-0025 or fill out the contact form on the right to schedule a free shoulder pain consultation. Whether you have a shoulder injury, neck injury, pinched nerve, or another problem, we’ll get to the bottom of it! During your initial consultation, we’ll discuss your insurance options to keep your treatments affordable.