Interesting Case of the Week – Shoulder Pain from the Neck (Cervicogenic Dorsalgia)

   
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This week we had a referral into the clinic from a medical physician . With long-lasting pain in the shoulder of patient X, he was diagnosed with a rotator cuff tendonitis. After doing our own assessment, interestingly enough we found something different.

Shoulder Pain From The Neck     Shoulder Pain Treatment

After examining his shoulder, it was perfectly fine in its movement and it fully passed all orthopaedic tests. Although he was feeling pain in his shoulder, it was not originating from there. After examining his neck, we found that the nerves of his neck were irritated and impinging on the nerve that travels to the shoulder.

For this man his shoulder pain was coming from his neck! This is known as cervicogenic dorsalgia. There are many important nerves (see the picture below) that travel from your neck and down into your arm. These nerves can get ‘pinched’ anywhere as it travels down the arm. The challenging (and fun) part for us is finding out where! 

Neck Pain Treatment     Cervicogenic Dorsalgia

After a few visits his shoulder pain has been reduced by 50% and he should be good to go in a few more visits! 

Joel Weisberg

Dr. Joel Weisberg is the Clinic Director and Principal Doctor at Downsview Chiropractic The difference it makes to a patient when they learn, receive appropriate care, and are empowered to self-manage, is often bigger than the relief they were seeking. Dr. Weisberg is driven to make that difference to people in their pursuit of a life lived well.