Bad posture; sitting cramped over a desk or hunched over a steering wheel; certain sports, such as golf; and illnesses such as asthma, can all cause strain and tension – resulting in Shoulder and Neck Pain.
The chest muscles shorten and contract, causing the muscles in the upper back to become overstretched. This results in rounded shoulders and tight, inflexible muscles in the neck and upper back.
Neck and Shoulder Tension is generally connected to the structures in the neck. These include muscles and nerves as well as spinal vertebrae and the cushioning disks in between.
When your neck is sore, you may have difficulty moving it, especially to one side. Many people describe this as having a stiff neck.
If neck pain involves nerves, for example, significant muscle spasm pinching on a nerve or a slipped disk pressing on a nerve, you may feel numbness, tingling, or weakness in your arm, hand, or elsewhere.
Other causes of neck and shoulder tension include:
- Medical conditions, such as fibromyalgia
- Cervical arthritis or spondylosis
- Ruptured disk
- Small fractures to the spine from osteoporosis
- Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal)
- Infection of the spine (osteomyelitis, diskitis, abscess)
- Cancer that involves the spine
Prescription drugs simply cover up the problem temporarily. Pain pills, even over-the-counter medications, don’t fix the cause of your problem. They may be necessary for an emergency, but using them long term is no way to live. Many of these pain medications are addicting and have very real side effects.
Dynamic Medical & Rehab takes a 21st century approach to diagnosing and treating neck and shoulder tension. By using the latest diagnostic technology, we will get to the root, or cause, of the problem. Our goal is to not only provide immediate relief, but also long-term solutions.