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SHOULDER AND NECK PAIN : BIG ISSUES?

Bursitis, rupture, neuralgia, rheumatism, frozen shoulder, tendinitis, sprain and conflict are common terms that refer to the conditions of the neck, shoulder and arm.

The main conductor behind your shoulders, arms and hands is the brain. The brain communicates to the rest of your body through billions of nerves that make up your nervous system. Some nerves go directly to their destination, but others merge with other nerves to form complex nerve networks called plexuses. The brachial plexus is composed of nerves that come out of your cervical as well as upper back and they provide information to the shoulders, arms, elbows, wrists, hands and fingers.

 

The nerves that make up the brachial plexus can be compressed, irritated when they leave the spine. This can happen in case of vertebral subluxation for example.

The causes of these subluxations are very diverse: accident, fall, bad position of sleep ...

In addition to subluxations, muscles, a prolonged posture but also an anatomical variant may be involved in similar symptoms. These symptoms include numbness, tingling and pain in the arm. These symptoms are very often found in the context of thoracic brachial traversal syndrome = TOS (Thoracic Outlet Syndrome).

SHOULDER PAIN

Shoulder pain is a common problem with a number of different causes. It's often a symptom of another problem.

There are a number of reasons why you might be experiencing shoulder pain, which include:

  • poor posture

  • frozen shoulder – a painful condition that reduces normal movement in the joint and can sometimes prevent movement in the shoulder altogether

  • rotator cuff disorders – the rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint and help to keep it stable

  • shoulder instability – where the shoulder is unstable and may have an unusually large range of movement (hypermobility) 

  • acromioclavicular joint disorders – conditions, including osteoarthritis that affect the acromioclavicular joint, which is the joint at the top of the shoulder

  • osteoarthritis in the shoulder joints

  • a broken (fractured) bone, such as a fracture of the humerus (upper arm bone) or broken collarbone

 

NECK PAIN

Neck pain or a stiff neck is a common problem that usually gets better after a few days or weeks. It's rarely a sign of anything serious.

You can often get a painful or stiff neck if you:

  • sleep in an awkward position

  • use a computer for a prolonged period of time

  • strain a muscle because of bad posture

Anxiety and stress can also sometimes cause tension in your neck muscles, leading to neck pain.

You should seek medical attention when:

  • the pain or stiffness doesn't improve after a few days or weeks

  • you can't control the pain using ordinary painkillers

  • you're worried your neck pain could have a more serious cause