A muscle strain or sprain from overuse, poor posture, or a whiplash injury is one cause of neck and shoulder pain. Compression of a nerve from a disc bulge or herniation can contribute to neck and shoulder pain. Many times a disc herniation in the neck region can be mistaken for a shoulder injury, when it is actually pain from the disc herniation. Radiculopathy is when a nerve root becomes pinched and the patient has persistent pain, possible weakness, tingling, or decreased feeling to the arm. An MRI of the neck region and/or EMG/NCV studies can confirm the diagnosis.
Disease processes such as Osteoarthritis of the joints which can occur with age may contribute to neck and shoulder pain. Other less common disease processes such as rheumatoid arthritis, meningitis, or cancer may be a cause of neck or shoulder pain.
Treatments for neck and shoulder pain:
· Anatomy of the Spine
· Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection
· Cervical Facet Radiofrequency Neurotomy
· Subacromial Injection
· Stellate Ganglion Block
· Trigger Point Injections
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