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Your Shoulder Pain That Shoots to the Arm May Also be Known as:
Back pain moving down arm
Radiating down arm

Top 3 Shoulder Pain That Shoots to the Arm Causes

  1. 1.Myofascial Pain Syndrome

    Myofascial pain syndrome is a chronic musculoskeletal syndrome caused by trigger points within muscle. Pressure on these points causes pain in the area around the point as well as in other body parts, a phenomenon known as referred pain.

    You should visit your primary care physician. This complex chronic condition is often treated with injections and physical therapy.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    dizziness, spontaneous shoulder pain, pain in the back of the neck, shoulder blade pain, difficulty moving the shoulder
    Symptoms that always occur with myofascial pain syndrome:
    tender muscle knot
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  2. 2.Brachial Plexopathy

    The brachial plexus is a complex nerve network located in the upper chest deep to the collar bone, which supplies the shoulder, arm, forearm, and hand. Damage to the brachial plexus is usually due to mechanical injury or trauma, and can interfere with normal nerve function causing numbness, pain, and/or weakness.

    You should visit your primary care physician to discuss these symptoms. It is likely the doctor will perform a thorough physical exam, and in many cases refer you to a specialist, physical therapist, or both. A professional evaluation is very important, as surgical treatment might be required for a brachial plexus nerve injury.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one arm, shoulder pain that shoots to the arm, arm weakness, numbness in one arm, shoulder pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.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

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

  • Q.How long has your shoulder pain been going on?
  • Q.How severe is your shoulder pain?
  • Q.How would you explain the cause of your shoulder pain?
  • Q.Can you fully move your shoulders around?

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Shoulder Pain That Shoots to the Arm Symptom Checker Statistics

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

    • 30% Pain in One Shoulder
    • 4% Upper Back Pain That Shoots Down the Arm
    • 4% Shoulder Pain
  • People who have experienced shoulder pain that shoots to the arm had symptoms persist for:

    • 37% Over a Month
    • 23% Less Than a Week
    • 18% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced shoulder pain that shoots to the arm were most often matched with:

    • 13% Brachial Plexopathy
    • 7% Myofascial Pain Syndrome
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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