Chronic Neck and Shoulder Pain

Causes and Symptoms of Neck and Shoulder Pain

Posted on 9/18/2008 8:20:05 AM

The neck and shoulder are parts of the body that are most likely to have injury that cause severe pain. When you are feeling pain in your neck and shoulder it is most likely that there is a torn ligament or swelling of muscles in the area.

It is important that you know the symptoms so that you can pinpoint the cause and you could actually find treatment suitable for it.

The neck and shoulders are made up of muscles, nerves, veins, arteries and ligaments that mainly support our body. These parts of body are usually prone to suffer injury. There are factors that can attribute to neck and shoulder pains. Also the symptoms of any suffering or injury can easily be detected.

Causes of Neck and Shoulder Pain

  • The most common cause of shoulder and neck pain is an injury to the muscles and ligaments. One of these kinds of injury is falling on an outstretched arm that can cause collar bones to break.
  • Other parts of the body like the spinal cord, lungs and the heart can cause pain to the shoulder and neck.
  • Bursitis is another type of injury that can cause discomfort to the neck and shoulder. The bursa is sac that covers that joint and muscles and sometimes it tends to get swollen.
  • A broken shoulder blade as a result of a forced trauma or accident.
  • The muscles that surround the shoulder called rotator cuff can tend to get injured due to playing sports or repetitive use.
  • There is a ligament that connects the collarbone and shoulder blade. There is a tendency that this can be stretched or even torn.
  • Tendonitis is another ailment wherein the tendons that connect the muscles to the bones become swollen.

Symptoms of Neck and Shoulder Pain

  • If there is a pain that can be described as sharp, stabbing like, or burning, these are some symptoms that you might have a damaged neck and shoulder. It is important that you can tell your doctor what can kind of pain are you feeling so that it will be easy to detect the cause
  • If your are feeling weak due to pain coming from movement of the muscles or bone then you are probably suffering from an injury. The nerves that connect the muscles could be injured. It is very important if you can determine if the weakness is due to inability or because of inflammation.
  • Losing sensation or numbness in the area.
  • A cold arm can suggest that there is not enough blood that circulates in the area. This could mean that there are blockages in the veins or arteries.
  • Swelling is the most obvious symptom as the fractured area maybe inflamed. Spasms and muscle tightness can also suggest swelling.
  • A deformed shoulder can tell you that there is a fracture or a dislocation. This is usually caused by a torn ligament that can cause the abnormal position of the bones.

 

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