Is it my Neck or my Shoulder?

One of the questions we get asked alot at Compass Physio is…

Where is this pain coming from

Is it my neck or my shoulder?

Take John for example

Attended the clinic 3 weeks ago with right arm pain

Top of the arm in the biceps area

It had come on gradually

No big fall

But, it was getting worse

Affecting lifting, gardening and now sleep

When John arrived we talked through and John referred to the “shoulder pain”

We did a couple of simple test of the shoulder, nothing

Then as my suspicions had lead to me to check the neck

We checked the joints in Johns neck

With John laying face up I applied pressure to the joints at the side of his neck

Pain referred to the bicep area of Johns arm

It was a bit of an AHA moment

We set about some treatment and with a couple of sessions Johns pain is gone

He is now building up the strength in the neck and shoulder area that will reduce the likelihood of this problem returning again

It is SO IMPORTANT to get the right diagnosis to know how you can best manage your symptoms

Too often we see people doing some brilliant youtube/instagram exercises

Unfortunately they are for the wrong area

That valuable time spent doing the exercises would be far better spent doing something else


How Can Physiotherapy Help?

If you are finding it hard to complete regular exercises due to pain, fatigue or simply time schedules speak to us at Compass Physio.

Exercise is for everybody. At Compass physio we will complete a full physical assessment and will help identify any possible underlying causes that may limit your exercise regime.

Our chartered physiotherapists will help you to build strength and strategies which will help tackle any problem.

At Compass physio we will help you succeed and reach your goals.

To find out how Compass Physio can help, call 046 954 9456 (this number covers all clinics), click here to book online.

You can also email any questions to info@compassphysio.ie

Paddy Mulligan – MISCP Chartered Physiotherapist Compass Physio

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