Scoliosis Neck and Shoulder Pain

Scoliosis neck and shoulder pain are interrelated and this is the reason why physicians look at the neck when you are experiencing shoulder pain. Our shoulders are made up of muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones.

Shoulder pain usually starts from damage to the structure of the shoulders but there are instances in which you feel both neck and shoulder pain. This condition may be due to disc problems with either the nerves or bones in the neck.

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Most people have scoliosis yet don’t realise it this is a major cause of neck and shoulder pain. The long back muscle on one side of the body becomes extended in a locked state. This is due to the Gait reflexes not functioning well. This now sets up a set of reactive muscles going from the back to the legs, then to the abdominal muscles and up to the neck muscles.

scoliosis neck and shoulder pain A part of this chain of muscles associated with scoliosis is the upper trapezius muscle on the side of the body with the highest shoulder and the long back muscle on that side of the body. This upper trapezius muscle connects with the shoulder and vertebrae of the neck on that same side and is locked in a contracted state. To have scoliosis neck and shoulder pain relief requires a special treatment known as N.O.T.

Causes of Neck and Shoulder Pain

The common cause is injury to the soft tissues that happens after an accident or whiplash. An injury or trauma to the neck can damage the nerves to your shoulders and cause the pain.

Neck, back and Shoulder Massage Pillow Degenerative diseases of the cervical spine can also cause squeezing of the nerves which will result in pain.  Abnormal conditions of the spine and other organs can also cause neck and shoulder pain.

The presence of tumors in the cervical spine can trigger pain in the neck, shoulders and arms. The more the tumor grows the more it pressures the nerve.

Meningitis, a life-threatening condition that affects the central nervous system, has the primary symptom of neck and shoulder pain accompanied by lethargy, vomiting and fever.

The Pain Experience

Those experiencing neck and shoulder pain describe the pain as sharp, but there are times it can feel dull and stabbing.  Pain can cause involuntary stiffening of the neck and shoulder muscles to limit the pain but it also limits range of motion.

Weakness can also be felt due to the constant pain on the muscles.  If nerves in the neck and shoulder are compressed or damaged, there will be loss of sensation.

Coolness may also be felt since because when the nerves are compressed there will not be enough blood to supply other extremities causing the skin to turn white or blue.  There may also be swelling due to muscle spasms or deformities from fractures, if that is the injury type.

Tests For Neck and Shoulder Pain

X-rays are usually the first test done if there is tenderness on the spine and shoulders, deformities, history of injury or when the physician thinks that the condition is associated with any lung or heart diseases.

Electrocardiographs and blood tests may also be performed for those experiencing difficulty of breathing or chest pain and for those who are at risk of heart attacks. These tests are also done if the doctor suspects that there are underlying conditions causing the pain.

Treatments For Neck and Shoulder Pain

The initial treatment for neck and shoulder pain is usually conservative and consists of taking medications, such as acetaminophen for pain and anti-inflammatory medications for swelling and inflammation.

Determining which medications you should take will depend on the cause of the pain, so it’s always wise to visit your doctor for a proper treatment plan.

For severe swelling that doesn’t respond to oral medications, corticosteroid injections may be helpful. In cases where the nerves of the spinal cord are compromised, surgery may be necessary.

Prescribed exercises may be helpful for neck and shoulder pain. Another non-surgical treatment is warm and cold compresses applied alternatingly on the affected area. This can help by reducing both the pain and swelling.