What causes neck and shoulder pain?

There are a variety of conditions that cause neck and shoulder pain. It is specific to dysfunctions which refer symptoms down the arm and have the potential to cause abnormal neural tension or compression.

Common causes of neck and shoulder pain:

  • Abnormal Neurodynamics
  • Cervical radiculopathy – pinched nerve
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Repetitive Strain Injury

What are the symptoms?

  • Neck pain, stiffness or soreness
  • Pins and needles
  • Numbness
  • Weakness
  • Burning, sharp or dull pain radiating down the arm.


Another very common form of neck pain is the whiplash associated disorder, usually after a car accident.  Whiplash occurs when the neck’s discs, ligaments, muscles, and/or nerve roots are damaged during injury. Whiplash can cause headaches and low back pain as well. Many people first see chiropractors after feeling the effects of whiplash. Exercise and therapy is the best first treatment for whiplash, along with medications for pain. Severe whiplash may continue to be present after treatment. Severe whiplash will require more aggressive treatment.

If you suffer from one or more of the following symptoms, please see one of our specialists who can offer treatment to relieve your pain:

  • Headaches
  • Stiffness in the neck
  • Pain in the neck, shoulder, arm, hand
  • Numbness
  • Dizziness
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Blurred vision
  • Ringing ears
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep problems

To treat your neck and shoulder pain, book a consultation with our doctors, please contact us.