The shoulder is the most moving organ in the human body. A group of four muscles and their tendons, called the rotator cuff, give the shoulder a wide range of motion. Swelling, damage, or changes in the bone around the rotator cuff can cause shoulder pain. You may experience pain when you raise your hand over your head or move it forward or behind your back.
The most common cause of hand pain in the lower extremities occurs when the tendons of the rotator cuffs are trapped under the skeletal area in the shoulder. Tendons become inflamed or damaged. This condition is called rotator cuff tendinitis or bursitis. Numbness and tingling in the shoulder may indicate another type of injury involving irritated or constricted arteries.
For example, spinal distortion can cause the spinal cord to move away from its normal position and compress the arteries that extend from the spine to the shoulders. While shoulder pain that often accompanies radiation pain do not respond to counter-pain, cold or extreme heat and rest, consider making an appointment at Geaux Chiropractic for a thorough evaluation of your symptoms.
Problems associated with shoulder pain radiating down arm to fingers
Problem with the shoulder pain radiating down arm to fingers can affect all aspects of life from dressing and driving and even working productively. There are a few reasons for shoulders to suffer from injury and pain; One reason is that the shoulder joint can rotate in many ways and is the most common mobile phone of all. Another reason is that the actual shoulder joint has a very small area of contact with the face, which means that the joint is unstable and exposed to injury. This explains why the shoulder muscles are so important in gaining and stabilizing shoulder joint.
Shoulder pain radiating down arm to fingers can often be associated with problems in the neck or even the back. It is important that anyone evaluating the pain should make sure that the pain is not caused by neck problems. Often more than one cause of pain can occur at the same time, which can make assessing and controlling shoulder pain and arm pain more difficult. If you overuse or overuse the shoulder joint with improper lifting, carrying heavy objects or engaging in repetitive activities involving shoulder movements, you may experience pain and stiffness produced by soft, compressed or cracked soft tissues.
The reason the shoulders sometimes refer to pain in the hands is because of the location of our nerve roots. Just as it distributes your rotator cuff, the same group of tendons and muscles that allow your hand to move and stay in its socket, also gives a feeling to the skin further under the arm. So, in a slightly unscientific sense, your brain is ‘deceived’ into thinking your hand is the problem, not your shoulder. Pain that persists when you are resting, especially if it is a painful sensation in the upper and lower arm, for example may indicate osteoarthritis, although this is less common in the shoulders.
Symptoms of shoulder pain radiating down arm to fingers
Sometimes the shoulder pain radiating down arm to fingers can occur suddenly or can occur slowly. Shoulder pain radiating down arm to fingers also occurs immediately after the injury or the onset of symptoms may be delayed. Symptoms may include; deep pain, severe pain, or stiff shoulder, pain descending down the arm or over the head.
- Sudden, incessant, paralysis and severe shoulder pain and or arm pain
- Recent weight loss.
- Injury or fall soon.
- Signs of infection are present such as fever or nausea, the area is red, hot or swollen.
- Numbness or tingling in the hand
- Weakness of hands and or feet
- Problems with the bladder or intestine
- The difficulty is increasing
- The pain does not go away on its own after a few days or weeks
There may be pain, numbness and pins and needles. There may be pain between the shoulder blades. Sometimes people can get worse if there is a worse cause like an infection or a broken spine.
Causes of shoulder pain radiating down arm to fingers
Shoulder bursitis; When a fluid-filled bursa is aimed at reducing joint joint movements, you may experience severe pain when raising your hands over your shoulders, numbness and tingling, stiffness and increased tenderness of the affected shoulder. Shoulder bursitis is usually caused by injury, repetitive motion, hemorrhage or tear rotator cuff tears.
Carpal tunnel syndrome; The symptom of a Carpal tunnel may be due to a variety of factors but the repetitive activity is a common known cause that I see in the office. Often, however, there is no specific underlying cause. Patients experience numbness and tingling in the thumb, index, middle, and middle finger area.
Nerve pinching; Common symptoms of nervous compression include pain and neck stiffness, usually electric pain under the arm, numbness, and muscle weakness. Depending on the nerve involved, these symptoms usually begin in the neck and may involve the shoulder, upper arm, forearm, arm, or even both.
Cubital tunnel syndrome; The most common cause of this is due to holding the elbow in a very long shifted position, which puts nerves, or directly puts pressure on the humorous bone. Patients experience numbness and tingling that starts at the elbow and passes to the pinky finger and ring.
Rotator cuff injury; The rotator cuff is a group of shoulder muscles that help support the shoulder and help with arm rotation. If these muscles are injured, pain can occur with shoulder movements. Pain may subside under the arm, often with high activity, but usually go hand in hand. Sensitivity is usually not related to rotator loop problems.
Brachial Plexus Injury; A hard network of nerves that transmit electronic signals from your spinal cord to your back, shoulders and arms, the brake plexus may be prone to injury when you move your shoulders forcefully in a contrasting way. When the brachial nerves are damaged, you may experience numbness, tingling, muscle weakness, lack of muscle control and arm weakness.
Consider these conditions of shoulder pain radiating down arm to fingers
- Thoracic outlet syndrome; is a condition that can cause shoulder pain when lowering the hand to the fingers. Occurs when blood vessels or arteries in your collar and first rib are compressed.
- A pinched nerve; also called cervical radiculopathy, can cause shoulder pain, as well as numbness and weakness in your arm and arm. Some patients describe the sensation of numbness in the hands and fingers as pins and needles. ”A narrowed vein can occur when the neck vein is compressed or dilated.
- Brachial plexus injuries; can cause shoulder pain and numbness and weakness in your arm and arm, among other symptoms. The brachial plexus refers to the nerve web that begins in your neck. It controls emotions and movements in your hand and arm.
Most of us experience a few cases of shoulder pain and frequent numbness, and these symptoms are often the result of serious health problems. When it comes to shoulder pain and numbness in the hands, there are many reasons your doctor should consider.
Who have the risk factors for getting shoulder pain radiating down arm to fingers?
Anyone can get shoulder pain by giving the hand to the fingers and it can occur at any age although some people are more likely to get shoulder pain and arm pain. Here are a few risk factors that can make the growth of shoulder pain radiating down arm to fingers much easier:
- Old age
- Lack of exercise and low level of body balance
- Being overweight
Some work or activities that require heavy lifting, pushing or pulling, especially when it involves repetitive movements of the spine.
Diagnosis of shoulder pain radiating down arm to fingers
Shoulder pain radiating down arm to fingers should be evaluated by a medical professional or pain specialist who will take the time to understand the pain story and perform a physical examination before setting up a treatment plan.
In some cases imaginary experiments may be required. Types of imaging tests can be X-rays, CT scan, MRI scan, bone scan or ultrasound.
Once a shoulder pain diagnosis and hand pain diagnosis, a medical professional or pain specialist will determine the best pain treatment.
Treatment of shoulder pain radiating down arm to fingers
Effective pain management combines pain relief treatment with selected therapies such as physical and psychological rehabilitation treatment.
Surgery is often recommended when conservative treatment with steroids fails to provide a lasting benefit or signal. The specific type of surgery will depend on the cause and severity of the injury. Discectomy is a common surgical procedure in which a dislocated disc is surgically removed in the hope of reducing pressure and irritation in the spinal cord. Unfortunately disc reduction can weaken the side wall of the disc that puts the disc on for future injury including discomfort and deterioration of the disc.
It is generally recommended when measurements show structural changes, which require corrective surgery. When other treatments fail, surgery may be considered an option to reduce the pain caused by severe musculoskeletal injuries or nerve compression. These are usually performed by an orthopedic surgeon. Types of surgery can include, arthroscopy, stabilization surgery, trauma surgery joint surgery.
Check out this infographic for a few exercises you can do at home.
- Arm circles; stand up and extend your hand out. Make circles of one foot in the air with each hand.
- Shoulder rolls; Stand with your feet shoulder-length apart and keep your back straight. Rotate the shoulders back and forth, making a large circle in each direction.
- Stretch out the arm of the body; Bring one hand directly to your chest. use your other hand to hold it over your elbow.
- Cow face arm; interlace your finger behind the spine so that your hand forms a horizontal line. Use a towel if you can’t reach it.
3. See a doctor
Shoulder pain can sometimes be a sign of a heart attack. Call 911 if you have shoulder pain radiating down arm to fingers, especially if the pain starts in your chest to the left jaw, arm or neck, or is caused by shortness of breath, dizziness, or sweating. Go to the hospital emergency room if you have a serious injury and your shoulder is very painful, swollen, bruised, or bleeding. Call your healthcare provider if you have;
- Shoulder pain and fever, swelling, or redness
- Trouble moving the shoulder
- Pain for more than 2 to 4 weeks, even after treatment at home
- Swelling of the shoulder
- Red color of the skin of the shoulder area.