Neck and Arm Pain
Neck pain can be a disabling force in the lives of many patients. Because of its location and range of motion of the cervical vertebrae, the neck is often left unprotected and subject to injury. Commonly, neck pain may be a symptom of job-related trauma caused by injury or strenuous activity from repetitive or heavy lifting. Neck pain can occur anywhere in your neck, from the bottom of your head to the top of your shoulders. It can spread to your upper back or arms. It may limit how much you can move your head and neck.
You may feel a knot, stiffness, or severe pain in your neck. The pain may spread to your shoulders, upper back, or arms. You may get a headache. You may not be able to move or turn your head and neck easily. If there is pressure on a spinal nerve root, you might have pain that shoots down your arm. You may also have numbness, tingling, or weakness in your arm. If your neck pain is long-lasting (chronic), you may have trouble coping with daily life. Common side effects of chronic pain include fatigue, depression, and anxiety.