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Neck and Arm Pain Causes

November 3, 2014

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

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This post was written by Advanced Chiropractic and Wellness