“Sometimes my shoulder feels like pins and needles, what is it?”

You would be surprised at how often we get that question. Other than just being muscle pain, here are a couple of different things it could be.

A Pinched Nerve: This is most common. We call a pinched nerve, cervical radiculopathy. This can cause shoulder pain and possibly numbness and weakness in your arm and hand in the affected side. Some even describe a numbing sensation into their fingers.

Herniated Disc: This is also extremely common. A neck and back herniated disk refers to a problem with one of the gel-like cushions (disks) between the individual bones (vertebrae) that stack up to make your spine. Herniated discs could be in your lumbar spine (lower back), thoracic spine (upper and mid-back) or your cervical spine (neck). Chances are if your symptoms are pins and needles in the upper extremity, its cervical.

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: The median nerve runs from your forearm through a passageway in your wrist (carpal tunnel) to your hand. Anything that squeezes or irritates the median nerve in the carpal tunnel space may lead to carpal tunnel syndrome. A wrist fracture can narrow the carpal tunnel and irritate the nerve, as can the swelling and inflammation resulting from arthritis. Most commonly this develops from overuse.

Degenerative Disc Disease: Despite the name, degenerative disc disease is actually a condition in which natural, age-related wear-and-tear on a disc causes pain, instability, and other symptoms. This condition usually does not result in long-term disability, and most cases can be managed using non-surgical treatment methods.

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All of these conditions can be treated right in our office and without surgery. If you have a feeling of pins and needles come in and get evaluated! We promise you will get better, faster here. If you have any questions about physical therapy in NJ, call 908-756-1960 or book your appointment today.


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