Referred Pain / Nerve Pain

Brachial Plexus diagramReferred pain is a term given to pain that is felt in one region of your body although it originates from another. This is commonly seen in clinical practice.

The nerves that supply your shoulder and arms leave the spinal cord via small holes between the vertebra either side of the spine. Normally the nerves have plenty of space and are able to supply the arms with power and sensation. If the size of these holes becomes reduced or if the nerve gets pinched or irritated at another point in the body, the nerve will become irritated and can send pain or pins and needles into the shoulder or down the arm. In some cases there is also muscle weakness and reduced sensation.



There are numerous causes including:


Treatment for Prolapsed Discs and Trapped Nerves
Physiotherapy treatment for patients with this condition is vital to hasten the healing process, ensure an optimal outcome and decrease the likelihood of injury recurrence. Treatment may comprise: