neck and shoulder pain

Is Your Neck Injury Causing Shoulder Pain Too?

Several people face shoulder and neck pain at the same time. This is often referred to as ‘shneck pain’ by experts, which means shoulder and neck pain. Keep reading to know how your neck injury can cause your shoulder pain and what you can do about this pain.

If you got a neck injury, why does your shoulder hurt too?

You need to know that there are many nerves which begin in the neck and they run through the arms. If you happen to injure on such nerve in the neck, the pain can radiate to the shoulders. It can also slowly move down to the arms. This kind of pain is said to be a referred pain. This is a pain which is felt in a body part, which is not its original source. Often, a pain which starts in the neck is felt in shoulder. I have a mate who experienced this first hand as a result of his working environment. He runs Towing Werribee so sits in a tow truck for the most part of his day. Due to his poor posture whilst slouched behind a wheel for the greater part of 8 hours a day, 6 days a week he developed a pain in his neck. A few weeks later, left untreated this pain started to radiate down to his shoulders and no amount of pain killers gave him ease. The end result was intensive physiotherapy for 3 months and a long list of exercises he can do throughout the day behind the wheel of a tow truck.


Here are a few injuries which can occur in the neck region and then slowly cause pain in the shoulders.

  • Thoracic outlet syndrome – This usually occurs just between the collarbone and the first rib. This condition can lead to shoulder and neck pain.
  • Cervical radiculopathy – This is often referred to as pinched nerve. This pain occurs in the neck region and can move to the shoulders.
  • Brachial plexus injury – This condition can also cause pain in your shoulders. What is brachial plexus? It is a group of nerves which run through arms, after originating from neck.

However, at times, the condition of your shoulders can also cause shoulder and neck pain. If you suffer from Arthritis of acromioclavicular joint, which is a top shoulder joint, you can feel an immense pain in the shoulder. This pain can radiate to the neck. Whiplash is one more injury which can cause immense shoulder and neck pain.

What should you do in case of Shoulder and Neck Pain?

 You need to visit your Doctor for an accurate diagnosis. This will include a medical interview and also physical evaluation. You might also have to go through image testing like MRI and neurological testing. This medical testing is quite important to know the actual cause of the pain and for the implementation of a correct treatment.

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