Shoulder pain is one of the frequently encountered musculoskeletal problems in adults belonging to all age groups. There are many potential causes for shoulder pain. A pinched nerve can be one of the causes. Understanding how pinched nerve happens as well the corresponding treatments can help you relieve shoulder better.
Causes: Pinched nerve is the most common cause of neck pain in shoulder that originates in individuals who are exposed to strenuous physical activity (especially in poorly trained athletes) that causes inflammation or over-stretching of peripheral nerve fibers at certain places (when nerve is exiting through the tiny foramina in the cervical vertebrae) or when the nerve is entering or leaving the joints. Other common causes of pinched nerve include:
If left untreated, pinched nerves can interfere with normal daily activities to a great deal. Since all the muscular and functional activities of upper limb is controlled by nerves, in poorly managed cases symptoms like frozen shoulder, poorly coordinated muscular activities, tingling sensation in the limbs, pin and needle sensation in arms and poorly regulated muscle activities are reported.
Treatments for Pinched Nerve in Shoulder
Ice and Rest: In order to manage acute pain, ice therapy is employed by most individuals to decrease the inflammation and swelling across the nerve. Moreover, it also numbs and temporarily anesthetizes the site of primary nerve involvement until other interventions exert their action. , It is recommended to wrap your ice pack or a bag of peas in a towel before putting it on your neck. Meanwhile it is also recommended to give optimal rest to the involved limb in order to decrease the spread of inflammation.
Exercise: Certain exercises are extremely helpful in decreasing the degree of inflammation by correcting the posture and stabilizing the connective tissue matrix. It is extremely important to avoid strenuous exercise and activity that involves upper limb without assistance and help of your primary healthcare provider. For best results, it is always better to seek professional help in the form of registered physical therapist who helps in restoration of normal posture by suggesting appropriate exercises.
Shoulder Shrugs: Shoulder shrugs are very helpful in improving the normal motility and flexibility of movements across the shoulder joint. For best results, perform the activity in standing posture. Ideally, shrug your shoulders by elevating your elbows at the level of shoulder and rotate then both shoulders simultaneously in the clockwise direction. Repeat this exercise at least 15 to 30 times every day.
Chin Extension: Chin extension is a simple exercise that you can perform in the sitting position. It involves supporting the back of your head by interlacing your fingers and rotating your neck to the right side by touching your chin with the right shoulder tip. Hold the position for 10 seconds and repeat the exercise fore left side.