Neck and Shoulder Pain

How do you know if you are suffering from neck and shoulder pain? If you have experienced pain, it is imperative that you seek out medical advice right away. The following are common signs of pain in the neck and shoulders.


X-Rays: X-ray's reveal spinal stenosis-a narrowing of space between two vertebrae, arthritic conditions, slipped discs, tumors that have been surgically removed, weakness of the neck muscles and nerves, spinal stenosis. MRI: MRI is a non-invasive technique that can show the details of spinal structures, including the muscle fibers and nerves, as well as abnormalities of the spine. When the brain sends signals to the spine, there will be changes in the spine. When the spine experiences abnormal stresses, pain will be felt. A doctor can take images of your body to check for abnormalities.


X-ray of shoulder: An X-ray of the shoulder is a necessary procedure for pain treatment. The X-ray of the shoulder is used to examine the soft tissue structure surrounding the rotator cuff muscles and also the shoulder bone to check for structural abnormalities.


Muscle Spasms: Muscle spasms are another sign of pain in the neck and shoulders. Muscle spasms are caused when the muscles of a person become tight due to either overuse or underuse.


A muscle spasm may be the result of trauma or overuse. Muscle spasm can be painful but often, the pain will disappear with rest or mild therapy. There are a variety of treatments available for muscle spasms that include physical therapy, medication or anti-inflammatory medications.


A stiff neck is another cause for neck and shoulder pain. The neck and shoulders are two large bones that connect the upper chest to the shoulders, and are held together by ligaments, tendons and muscles. The neck is made up of a bony framework and two bones and a cartilage made up of cartilage.


The neck has five major muscles-the cervical, thoracic, lumbar, cervical, thoracic and lumbar fascia, thoracic, trapezius. Each muscle has specific functions and when it is contracted, this causes pain. The most common complaint of neck and shoulder pain is pain along the front side of the neck and in the shoulder.


The pain in the shoulder can be described as dull, itchy, burning, tingling or stabbing. Neck pain is common and it often goes away with rest or therapy.


Pain in the neck is often caused by a herniated disc or herniated spinal disc


Some people are prone to neck pain. If the spine does not pass through the neck, there is a greater chance of an injury being caused. Injury to the spine can be very serious and may lead to serious problems.


Neck pain is a symptom and not a disease. The symptoms can be caused by a variety of conditions including: 


  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: The carpal tunnel syndrome causes a bulging of the carpal tunnel. If the carpal tunnel is compressed, it can create nerve compression which can cause pain.
  • Shoulder: Pain in the shoulder is more common in the upper part of the shoulder. It can occur on one side or both sides.


The best way to diagnose if you have a problem is to visit your doctor. He will need to examine you and ask questions about your daily activities, your posture, how you move your arms and the symptoms you experience. Ask him about your daily activities. The doctor will also want to know the causes of the pain.


Your doctor may refer you to a physical therapist for treatment. If the pain is severe, your doctor may refer you to a surgeon for surgery if there is no other way to treat the pain. Surgery is sometimes needed when a pinched nerve causes extreme pain.


Surgical surgery can be very effective. If your doctor decides surgery is the best option, he will tell you how much it will cost and what you need to expect from it. The surgery can be done under local or general anesthesia.


A brace or splint will be put on the affected area of the shoulder. This will help keep it in place and stop further damage from occurring. In addition to the support brace, a neck brace will be worn. to prevent further damage.