Can my shoulder issue really be coming from my neck?

Can my shoulder issue really be coming from my neck?

That is a great question, and the answer is YES!

The next question is how is that possible?

We first have to talk about anatomy. All the nerves that control the muscles of the shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand originate in the cervical spine or the neck. If there is an issue in the cervical spine, for example, a disc that may be bulging or putting pressure on the nerve, that can have an effect down the arm. Also, if you have tight muscles in the neck, you can have a problem somewhere down the arm. The nerves run through the muscles. If the muscles are tight they can put pressure on the nerve causing the symptoms.

The symptoms could be pain, numbness, tingling, and even weakness. If you're feeling any of these symptoms or suspect that your shoulder issue may be coming from your neck, please reach out to us. We can take you through an assessment to figure out where that's really coming from and help you address. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out.

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Edited and Published by: Katie Brindley, Client Manager