Pinched Nerve Shoulder
Nerves extend from your brain and spinal cord, sending important messages throughout your body. If you have a pinched nerve (nerve compression) your body may send you warning signals such as pain.
Damage from a pinched nerve may be minor or severe. It may cause temporary or long-lasting problems. The earlier you get a diagnosis and treatment for nerve compression, the more quickly you’ll find relief.
In some cases, you can’t reverse the damage from a pinched nerve. But treatment usually relieves pain and other symptoms.
Signs and Symptoms of a Pinched Nerve
If a pinched nerve is causing your shoulder pain, you’ll need a thorough physical exam of your neck and shoulder to diagnose the problem. However, there are signs that may help steer you and your doctor in the right direction. A pinched nerve usually causes pain in one shoulder only. It’s also typically a sharp pain, as opposed to a dull ache or a strain that you might feel if you overworked your muscles.
Pain may also worsen if you turn your head. Neck pain and headaches in the back of your head are also signs that the cause of all this discomfort is a pinched nerve.
A pinched nerve may also leave you with a feeling of “pins and needles” in your shoulder. The joint may also feel numb or weak when you try to lift something. In some cases, symptoms extend from the shoulder down the arm to the hand.
These are some of the more common symptoms of pinched nerves:
- Pain in the area of pinched nerves, such as the neck or low back
- Radiating pain, such as sciatica or radicular pain
- Numbness or decreased sensation in the area supplied by the nerve
- “Pins and needles” or a burning sensation
- Muscle weakness in the affected area
- Frequent feeling that a foot or hand has “fallen asleep”
- The problems related to a pinched nerve may be worse when you’re sleeping
- Sometimes symptoms worsen when you try certain movements, such as turning your head or straining your neck.
Causes of a Pinched Nerve
Compression (increased pressure and stress) placed on a root nerve is the primary cause of a pinched nerve, which interferes with normal signals regarding pain.
There are several locations in the body where pinched nerves are common and numerous reasons that someone might develop a pinched nerve. The causes of a pinched nerve can include:
- Herniated disc, caused from a disc tearing or weakening
- Wear and tear associated with aging and inflammation
- Poor posture, such as forward head posture
- Repetitive movements that wear down or irritate tissue
- Staying in one position for long periods of time, such as those related to someone’s job or hobbies
- Injuries, such as trauma, tears and sprains
- Bone spurs, which narrow the spaces where nerves travel
- Recovering from conditions or treatments that cause neuropathy, including breast cancer and diabetes
- Arthritis and degenerative joint diseases
Treatment for Pinched Nerves
How long it takes for symptoms to end can vary from person to person. Treatment varies, depending on the severity and cause of the nerve compression.
You may find that you benefit greatly from simply resting the injured area and by avoiding any activities that tend to worsen your symptoms. In many cases, that’s all you need to do.
If symptoms persist or pain is severe, see your doctor. You may need one or more types of treatment to shrink swollen tissue around the nerve.
In more severe cases, it may be necessary to remove material that’s pressing on a nerve, such as:
- Scar tissue
- Disc material
- Pieces of bone
Treatment may include:
- NSAIDs. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen may reduce swelling.
- Oral corticosteroids. These are used to reduce swelling and pain.
- Narcotics. These are used for brief periods to reduce severe pain.
- Steroid injections. These injections may reduce swelling and allow inflamed nerves to recover.
- Physical therapy. This will help stretch and strengthen muscles.
- Splint. A splint or soft collar limits motion and allows muscles to rest for brief periods.
- Surgery. Surgery may be needed for more severe problems that don’t respond to other types of treatment.
Work with your doctor to find the best approach for treating your symptoms.
Why You Are Suffering From Shoulder Pain, and How to Cure It
Shoulder pain comes for many different reasons, but whyever it happens, you can always beat it, like I beat mine. I used to suffer from shoulder pain because of a torn rotator cuff, but I overcame it with some special techniques which I’ll share with you in a moment.
But first, let’s go over a few reasons why your shoulder might hurt:
* Rotator cuff strains or tears
* Muscle imbalances between your shoulder, back and chest.
* Freezing or frozen shoulder
* Tendonitis (or tendinitis) of the shoulder or bicep
* Bursitis or capsulitis
* Poor posture
All these causes of shoulder pain can gradually develop, or can happen as a result of trauma (such as an injury suffered through sports or weight training in the gym). So now you know why your shoulder is in pain, what can you do about it?
Luckily, all these conditions can be treated with a few simple physiotherapy techniques. If that sounds complex, it’s not! All that means is a few stretches and exercises, performed in the comfort at your own home.
I tried going to the doctor, but all he did was prescribe me rest and anti-inflammatory drugs. That worked OK for a while, but as soon as I stopped taking the drugs, the shoulder pain came right back. I knew I needed something better, so I began to research physiotherapy for shoulder pain treatments.
The new techniques I uncovered actually worked very well for me. Within a few weeks I had recovered completely, and now I’m back to normal.
Stretches are good because they loosen the shoulder, improve flexibility and mobility, keep the joint supple and reduce pain. Exercises are good because they strengthen the shoulder’s inner muscles and tendons, stimulate healing and repair damaged tissues, ultimately resolving shoulder pain.
When combined, these physiotherapy techniques can resolve the vast majority of shoulder pain causing conditions, without resorting to surgery or expensive electronic gadgets.
I wrote a book about my experiences with home physiotherapy (which completely cured my shoulder pain), and included all the special stretches and exercises I uncovered during extensive research. Click here to get that book and use the same techniques to solve your shoulder pain today.