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Stuart Fossella - Wednesday, March 01, 2017 | Comments (0)
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8 Quick Tips to decide if your problem is your Neck or your Shoulder

 Boy Lifting Arm

Ok here’s one to help you out if you are suffering from ‘Shoulder Pain’.

We see this all of the time and it’s no fault of the patients when they come to us complaining of ‘Shoulder Pain’. They will point to the area between the base of the neck and the actual Shoulder joint - Check out the picture on our homepage (lady in blue vest) if you can't picture where I am talking about.

Now it would be easy for the non-therapist to think and feel that this problem was related to the shoulder, why wouldn't you?

The thing is…this ‘Shoulder Pain’ is more than likely actually originating from the NECK!

You see the region the hand has been placed on is so near to the junction of the neck it's untrue. Sitting right in this area are the muscles of the back of the neck and the joints of the spine themselves. The picture on the homepage actually shows the ladies hand covering the joints of the neck.

So how can you tell if it's your Neck or your shoulder that's the actual cause of your troubles?

8 Quick ways to decide of your problem is coming from your neck or your shoulder:

Check out this list to help you decide what is what.

1) Do you feel your pain when you move your head either: up, down or when looking over the shoulder?

  • If the answer is yes the problem is probably coming from your Neck.

2) Do you feel your pain if you shrug your shoulders to the ceiling?

  • If the answer is yes the problem is probably coming from your Neck.

3) Do you feel the pain in that region when you are trying to sleep?

  • If the answer is yes the problem is probably coming from your Neck.

4) Would you consider yourself to have a generally stiff neck at the moment?

  • If the answer is yes the problem is probably coming from your Neck.

And now for some quick questions that might help to decide if your problem actually originates from the Shoulder:

5) Do you have pain in the region when you lift your arm overhead, as in getting dressed or reaching?

  • If the answer is yes the problem is probably coming from your Shoulder.

6) Do you have pain in the Shoulder in lying on that side at night?

  • If the answer is yes the problem is probably coming from your Shoulder.

7) Do you have difficulty in carrying bags down at your side?

  • If the answer is yes the problem is probably coming from your Shoulder.

8) Is your Shoulder stiff when reaching overhead or in tucking your clothes in around the back?

  • If the answer is yes the problem is probably coming from your Shoulder.

So there it is, your quick guide to deciding if your trouble comes from the Neck or the Shoulder.

Sounds quite simple, and as a quick screening tool the above can be quite helpful. Of course, its not a given, and to complicate things, you could have a combined Neck and Shoulder problem, or the Neck could be causing the shoulder problem!

But that's why we are here, so Bring us your problems :-)

You know where we are - and we’d love to help you out if we can.

If a colleague, partner or friend may find this piece useful, we’d love it if you passed it on to them to read.

The Team at Straight Back

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