Neck and shoulder pain, often associated with conditions like cervical spondylosis, can occur for a variety of reasons. The neck, a complex structure housing soft tissues and the upper part of the spine, is highly mobile which makes it susceptible to injury and strain. This can ultimately lead to neck pain or even shoulder pain. Pain may be felt within the neck itself or it may radiate to other parts of the body such as the head, jaw, shoulder or arm, including the upper arm bone.
What causes neck and shoulder pain?
Some common causes of neck and shoulder pain include:
Poor Posture – it is always important to maintain good posture. Poor posture puts significant strain on neck muscles, which can lead to muscle spasm and pain. The best way to avoid neck pain caused by poor posture is to ensure your desk and computer are adjusted properly and to take breaks every hour. Whiplash – this injury can occur because of sudden braking in a motor vehicle or any other incident where the head is thrown forward and backwards, causing pain in the neck and shoulder. Cervical degenerative disease – can be a significant cause of irritation and pain. Cervical stenosis. This is narrowing usually caused by degenerative changes or trauma. If moderate or severe in nature, it may cause compression of the spinal cord or the nerves that exit from the spine, leading to persistent pain or even intense pain.
How is Neck and Shoulder Pain Treated?
Due to the variable nature of neck and shoulder pain, X-rays, CT scans and MRI scans, also known as magnetic resonance imaging, may be necessary to determine the exact cause of your symptoms. In carrying out these tests, your doctor and physiotherapist will have a better understanding of the structure of your spine and shoulder joint. Any disc or spinal cord problems will be highlighted, along with compression of the nerve roots. Conditions like rotator cuff tears, frozen shoulder, shoulder dislocation, or a torn rotator cuff can also be identified, which are common causes of severe pain in the shoulder joint and upper arm.
Following diagnosis, a tailored treatment plan will be implemented to treat shoulder pain. This may involve posture correction exercises which can be performed at home. If you notice any slouching or your chin being forward, try to correct this. Physical therapy can also be beneficial for soft tissue injuries, which can cause sudden pain or make the pain worse.
Schedule an Appointment at Sydney Shoulder Clinic Today
Neck and shoulder pain can be uncomfortable, but with the assistance of a physiotherapist, your symptoms may be alleviated. If you suffer from neck and shoulder pain or have any concerns about your posture, Sydney Shoulder Clinic has a wealth of experience with this condition and would be happy to provide physio phone advice, obligation free. We specialize in dealing with conditions affecting the shoulder joints, shoulder blades, and the ball and socket joint of the shoulder, and we can help you feel pain relief.
Please call today on 9744 2201 to speak with Tim Neville, Physiotherapist.