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Neck and Arm Pain Causes

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Neck and Arm Pain Causes

A fairly common cause of arm pain is the irritation of the nerves by a subluxated first rib in the neck. If it also affects the artery that carries blood to the arm, it is Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.

Sometime neck pain is accompanied by upper back and/or lower back pain.

Neck and arm pain is typically associated with injury and accidents, including whiplash. But other disorders include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Slipped disc

Daily life can also wreak havoc on a neck, including:

  • Poor posture
  • Obesity
  • Weak abdominal muscles
  • Stress


  • Pain when turning or tilting your head
  • Inability to carry items in your arms
  • Pain when raising your arms above your head
  • Pain relief when raising your arms above your head
  • Pain radiating to other parts of your body
  • Pain while chewing
  • Stiff elbows or pain when bending your elbow
  • Dull aching pain
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Tenderness
  • Sharp shooting pain
  • Fullness
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Shoulder pain
  • Arm numbness or tingling

Neck and Arm Pain Treatment


Neck and Arm Pain Treatments

We will begin with a thorough examination, including questions about your pain and its source, as well as what you have tried to alleviate it thus far. Dr. Aboudib will observe your posture, your range of motion and your general physical condition. He’ll feel your spine, noting its shape and alignment, and check for muscle spasms. Shoulders and arms are an integral part of a neck exam as well.

A neurological exam will involve your reflexes, muscle strength, nerve changes and the scope of the pain. Other tests, such as X-rays or a CT scan, may be ordered. Imaging can show whether there are disc problems, bone spurs or arthritis.

An adjustment, also called cervical manipulation, may be the next course of action. The joints of the neck are adjusted to increase mobility. Patients quickly notice a wider range of motion and decreased pain.

Treatment also can include spinal decompression of the pinched nerves. To get the pressure off the neck exercises and clinical massage. Muscles of the neck physical conditioning. Sometimes simple traction devices are needed.

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