Pinched Nerve in the Shoulder

A pinched nerve is a compression on a nerve in the shoulder when too much pressure is applied to the tissue in the area. There are multiple causes that could cause this type of injury. In some cases an injury to the bone or cartilage in the shoulder can be the cause of the injury, but more often a pinched nerve in the shoulder is caused by an injury to the muscles and tendons. In most cases, a pinched nerve will not cause permanent damage as long as the pressure to the area is relieved.

Causes of Pinched Nerve in Shoulder

There are a number of things that can result in a pinched nerve in the shoulder.

Symptoms of Pinched Nerve in Shoulder

There are a few classic symptoms that can tip patients off to the fact that they have a pinched nerve. The arm may feel numb or have decreased sensation due to the nerve being compressed. This can also lead to a "pin and needles" tingling sensation throughout the arm or it may feel as though the arm has fallen asleep. There may also be a sharp, burning pain which radiates out from the area where the nerve is pinched. If the nerve is pinched near the spine, fast motions such as sneezing may cause this pain to become worse, or could result in muscle twitching or weakness. Symptoms of a pinched nerve are often worse when resting or sleeping.

Treatments of Pinched Nerve in Shoulder

If you visit a doctor to get help with a pinched nerve, they will start by reviewing your medical history and the activities that led to your discomfort. Muscle examinations or exercises may be used to determine what range of movement is still available in the arm. A doctor may also perform an MRI or a blood test to eliminate the risk that your discomfort is caused by another underlying condition.

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