Shoulder and arm disorders

There are a variety of common conditions that may cause pain in the upper limb. These include:

• Muscular imbalance in the shoulder joint
• Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis)
• Tennis and golfer’s elbow (medial and lateral epicondylitis)
• Repetitive strain injury
• Carpal tunnel syndrome
• ‘Referred pain’ from the neck

‘Referred pain’ from the neck can be caused by interference in the path of the spinal nerves as they exit the vertebral column in the neck. The interference can cause pain in remote tissues that the nerve supplies. Different neck problems may cause this interference. Examples include: an inter-vertebral disc prolapse (‘slipped disc’), degeneration and a once simple joint problem that has persisted and become sufficiently swollen to irritate the adjacent spinal nerve.

Therefore pain may be felt in the shoulder, arm or hand, but the origin of the pain is from the neck. We can differentiate the reason for your pain and efficiently treat the actual cause.