Radiating Neck Pain in the Shoulders

When you experience radiating neck pain in the shoulders that begins in the neck and radiates into the shoulders and even the arms, what you are likely dealing with is the consequences of a nerve or nerves being trapped or pinched. The cause of this pinched or trapped nerve may be a tightened muscle, damage to a cervical disc or a bony deposit formation in the spine. Understanding the symptoms associated with radiating neck pain in the shoulders and the potential diagnosis options will help you get the most out of your treatment for this type of pain so that you can make a full recovery.

Treatment Options for Radiating Neck Pain in the Shoulders

  • You may experience a deep pain that begins in your neck area and then radiates into your shoulders, arms, hands or fingertips.
  • You may experience a deep pain that begins in your neck area and radiates up into your head.
  • You may experience a pain in your neck that is severe or intense enough that it causes headaches or dizziness as a result.


  • One of the best things that you can do when you are dealing with radiating neck pain in the shoulders is to rest. This is what most physicians are going to tell you because resting is going to allow the muscles to relax, potentially freeing the pinched nerve to relieve the pain
  • If you cannot rest in the traditional sense, then you are going to want to wear a neck collar that is going to allow you to be up and about while making it possible for the muscles and the ligaments in your neck to recover properly.
  • It may also be wise for you to consult a sports injury professional or a general practitioner with sports injury experience, as they will be able to advise you properly on mobility, strengthening and rehabilitation of the injury in your neck that is causing the radiating neck pain in the shoulders.

Working With a Specialist

There are a number of things that you can benefit from when it comes to working with someone that has sports injury expertise. Any doctor should be able to help you as well as long as they are proficient in diagnosing such an injury. They will be able to help you:

  • Determine what the actual cause is for the pain,
  • Address the pain that you are experiencing by prescribing anti-inflammatory medications and analgesic medications for the pain,
  • Use special techniques such as sports massage to help to relax the muscles in your back and neck,
  • Apply traction in order to relieve the radiating neck pain in the shoulders,
  • Choose a rehabilitate program that is going to allow you to overcome the injury, the pinched or trapped nerve and the pain associated with the entire ordeal.
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Jesse Cannone, CFT, CPRS, MFT

Jesse is the co-founder and visionary CEO of The Healthy Back Institute®, the world-leading source of natural back pain solutions. His mission as a former back pain sufferer is to help others live pain free without surgery and pharmaceuticals.

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