Do you feel like you’re bound by a chain around your neck and shoulder? It limits your movement and bars you from performing normal daily activities. You are not alone.

Neck and shoulder pain are common complications and patients have difficulty in understanding the exact cause of it. Dr. Prashant Arya, the best doctor for frozen shoulder in Newtown, lists the common causes which result in neck and shoulder pain.


Shoulder pain causes

One of the most common cause for shoulder pain is an injury to the rotator cuff. A rotator cuff is a group of tendons and muscles which stabilize the shoulder joint. Damage to the rotator cuff causes the body to use other muscle groups in the shoulder to push, pull or lift objects. This compensation causes muscle strain, resulting in pain.

Some symptoms of rotator cuff tear are –

  • Persistent pain at night
  • Pain does not go beyond the elbow
  • Pain when you raise the arm or extend it behind your head

Shoulder pain can also stem from the neck. Four of the main causes which are –

  • Cervical spondylosis– Arthritis of the spine.
  • Disc herniation– A spinal disc gets pushed outward and compress your nerves
  • Spinal stenosis– Narrowing of the spinal canal.
  • A ligament or muscle injury– Usually caused by trauma or car accidents.


Other causes of shoulder pain include – overexertion, tendonitis from overuse, instability of shoulder joint and dislocation of the shoulder.

Neck pain causes

The neck is made up of of 7 cervical vertebrae. Each of the vertebrae has a pair of nerves to control different motor functions. Irritation of one of these nerves caused by a spinal disc or bone spur causes pain that can radiate into the shoulders or arms. This is known as “Radiculopathy”.

Some symptoms of cervical spine condition are –

  • Sharp stabbing or a burning/tingling in the extremities is made worse by moving your neck.
  • If you experience relief in pain when you support your neck with a pillow.

Other common causes for neck pain are – poor posture, muscle strain, trauma, and degenerative diseases.


The first step to treating shoulder or neck pain is to get it checked by a specialist. Visit Dr. Prashant Arya, the best orthopedic doctor in Newtown. Dr. Arya provides expert solutions to neck and shoulder pain. Furthermore, he also specializes and provides solutions on Total Knee Replacement, Hip Replacement, Arthritic joint, sports injury, fracture management of upper and lower limbs, etc.