Neck & Shoulder Pain

Pain in the areas of the head, neck and shoulder area is one of the most common complains presented in the physical therapy clinic. Symptoms can arise from joints (commonly spinal joints), muscles, ligaments and other connective tissues, as well as nerves. The pain can be felt far from the originating site, the arms, hand and fingers being a common example. As well as pain, other symptoms may include burning, tingling, tightness or pressure, difficulty swallowing. and even weakness of upper limb muscles. It is important to remember that all the structures in this area are related functionally and, in order to address the problem, the entire area must be examined. Prior to initiating any treatment it is imperative to identify the exact location causing the symptoms. Only then can an appropriate treatment plan be implemented.