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Your Neck Pain That Shoots to the Arm May Also be Known as:
Neck pain moving down both arms

Top 3 Neck Pain That Shoots to the Arm Causes

  1. 1.Herniated (Slipped) Disk in the Upper Back

    The backbone, or spine, is made up of 26 bones called vertebrae. In between the bones are soft disks filled with a jelly-like substance. These disks cushion the vertebrae and keep them in place. Although people talk about a slipped disk, nothing actually slips out of place. The outer shell of the disk ruptures, and the jelly-like substance bulges out. It may be pressing on a nerve, which is what causes the pain.A slipped disk is more likely to happen due to strain on the back, such as during heavy lifting, and older individuals are at higher risk.

    For treatment of a slipped disk, you should consult with your primary care physician (PCP). Your doctor will perform a thorough physical examination to localize the slipped disk and rule out dangerous complications. Most people do not require surgery for a slipped disk. Treatment involves pain relief with an over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen (Advil) and/or acetaminophen (Tylenol), using heat treatments, and keeping active. It is best to avoid sitting still for long periods. Walking or swimming may help as well.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    upper back pain, neck pain, arm weakness, back pain that gets worse when sitting, upper spine pain
    Symptoms that always occur with herniated (slipped) disk in the upper back:
    upper back pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  2. 2.Burner or Stinger Injury

    Burners and stingers are a common type of injury in contact or collision sports. This condition happens when the nerve supply of the upper arm is injured either at the shoulder or neck. The name comes from the stinging or burning pain that is felt spreading from the shoulder to the hand along the course of the affected nerve.

    You should visit your primary care physician who will coordinate care with a muscle and bone specialist (orthopedic surgeon). Treatment involves first stopping all contact activities where further injury is possible. Then, your doctor may recommend a special neck roll or elevated shoulder pads.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one arm, pain in one shoulder, neck pain on one side, shoulder pain that shoots to the arm, arm weakness
    Symptoms that always occur with burner or stinger injury:
    sports injury, constant neck pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Neuralgic Amyotrophy

    Hereditary neuralgic amyotrophy is a disorder characterized by episodes of severe pain and muscle wasting (amyotrophy) in one or both shoulders and arms. Neuralgic pain is felt along the path of one or more nerves and often has no obvious physical cause. The network of nerves involved in hereditary neuralgic amyotrophy, called the brachial plexus, controls movement and sensation in the shoulders and arms.

    You should visit your primary care physician who will likely coordinate care with a nerve specialist (neurologist). Treatment for this condition involves pain management with medication, as well as physical therapy.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    arm weakness, pain in the back of the neck, general numbness, severe shoulder pain, difficulty moving the shoulder
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Neck Pain That Shoots to the Arm

  • Q.How long has your neck pain been going on?
  • Q.Is the neck pain affecting:
  • Q.How severe is your neck pain?
  • Q.Do you have any idea what may have caused your neck pain?

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Neck Pain That Shoots to the Arm Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced neck pain that shoots to the arm have also experienced:

    • 5% Shoulder Pain
    • 4% Pain in One Shoulder
    • 3% Headache
  • People who have experienced neck pain that shoots to the arm had symptoms persist for:

    • 28% Less Than a Week
    • 27% Over a Month
    • 26% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced neck pain that shoots to the arm were most often matched with:

    • 4% Herniated (Slipped) Disk in the Upper Back
    • 4% Neuralgic Amyotrophy

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