Neck Pain and Shoulder Pain
What is Shoulder Pain?
There are many diagnoses for shoulder pain. The main ones are impingement of the rotator cuff tendon or a torn rotator cuff and/or adhesive capsulitis (also known as frozen shoulder).
What causes Shoulder Pain?
It is thought that frozen shoulder can often start out as an impingement or tear of the rotator cuff tendon but a protective mechanism of the body causes the shoulder to ‘freeze up’ and become immobile thus protecting the joint. The rotator cuff is a group of muscles that sit at the back of the shoulder blade and hold the top of the arm (the humeral head) in the correct position against the shoulder blade (acromion) forming and ball and socket joint. The shoulder is designed for movement and therefore has forgone a lot of stability, this means that the rotator cuff have the job of not only moving the shoulder joint but also keeping the shoulder joint stable and in the correct position. Consequently the rotator cuff muscles can easily be put under stress and become injured.
What are the symptoms of Shoulder Pain?
Pain usually refers into the side of the shoulder joint and top of the arm, making the patient feel that the pain is more in the deltoid area; this is the classic site of referral for rotator cuff issues. Other symptoms include pain when sleeping on the affected side, combing the hair or putting the hand into the back pocket.
What are the treatment options for Shoulder Pain?
An accurate diagnosis for the shoulder pain is important so seeing a GP, Chiropractor, Osteopath or Physiotherapist for an assessment and advice is a good idea.
What is neck pain?
Neck pain can be felt at the back of the neck, side of the neck or front of the neck. It may also radiate into the shoulders, arms or towards the shoulder blades. Characteristics can vary from a dull ache to excruciating sharp shooting pain.
What causes neck pain?
Neck pain is usually caused by postural muscular strain or inflammation of the small joints in your neck. However is can also be caused by a number of other conditions such as damage to the discs, fractures to the vertebra or even referred pain from your heart or lungs. It is for this reason you should get a professional assessment of neck pain particularly if it is worsening or persistent.
What are the symptoms of neck pain?
Neck pain is itself a symptom of another problem however as a result of neck pain the following symptoms frequently also develop: Pain or tingling in the shoulder arm and hands, headaches, dizziness, nausea. Pain is often worse when turning or bending the neck. Often sitting for long periods or slumped postures can aggravate symptoms.
What are the treatment options for neck pain?
The treatment required is dependent on the cause of the neck pain. Usually musculoskeletal (the most common cause) neck pain is improved through manual therapy such as osteopathy, chiropractic, physiotherapy or massage. Your GP will often prescribe anti-inflammatory or pain relief medication. Patients rarely require surgery for neck pain.
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