Centro de la columna Vertebral: November 06, 2018
The causes of upper back and shoulder pain can be muscular, nerve impingement or degenerative diseases. It is a less common condition than low back pain, although it requires professional attention to avoid complications that put mobility at risk.
There are three natural curves in the spine: cervical, thoracic and lumbar (upper, middle and lower back). The middle part usually has less movement and load, so it rarely causes pain. The superior or cervical part is exposed to accidents, blows and other problems. On occasion, the shoulders can be affected for the reasons we will explain below.
A common accident can be a minor car accident (whiplash syndrome) that affects the neck vertebrae. Performing physical activities with poor technique or without warming up can also cause muscle overload. The pain can radiate towards the shoulders, because the nerves responsible for carrying the electrical signals from the brain to the extremities are pressed.
. It consists of the narrowing of the spinal canal, which can cause numbness and pain in the neck, shoulders and even arms.
Cervical hernias are rare but can occur. They consist of an intervertebral disc, which is responsible for cushioning the bones of the spine, which slips totally or partially out of place. It can cause acute pain and arise in certain movements (such as turning the neck)
Arthritis can also affect the neck and shoulder joints. This disease autoimmune disease causes the wearing away of the tissues that protect the bones, such as cartilage and the synovial membrane. It is characterized by inflammation.
To identify the causes of upper back and shoulder pain, you need to see a specialist. Visit the Centro de la Columna Vertebral if you have chronic pain, if you have suffered an accident or if you have not improved with other treatments.