Shoulder & Neck Pain From Arthritis

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Shoulder & Neck Pain From Arthritis

Your neck hurts and your shoulder hurts. The culprit might very well could be arthritis. Wear and tear on the joints can result in osteoporosis. There is rheumatoid arthritis, as well, which is extremely debilitating and even crippling.


Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis can also cause your neck and shoulders to screech in pain. This is a common malady among the older set. According to, arthritis is an inflammatory joint disease and can cause much pain and suffering.

Don't Stop Moving

Arthritis can do a real number on your shoulders and neck, according to the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Osteoarthritis results from lifelong wear and tear on joints, which results in inflammation of the joints or, in the case of the neck, cervical arthritis. When a joint is inflamed, pain, stiffness and swelling will occur. If your shoulder or your neck hurt, and you don't move them because you are trying to avoid the painful sensation that results, this can lead to stiffening or tightening of the soft tissue areas of the joint. The outcome: Painful restriction of motion. Keep moving.

Tendons, Ligaments, Soft Tissues, Muscles

Arthritis, along with tendinitis/bursitis and an injury to the shoulder, which causes instability, are the No. 1 causes of shoulder pain. When your shoulder hurts, it is because the tendons, ligaments, soft tissues and muscles are involved and, generally, not because there is injury to the bone.


According to the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, rheumatoid arthritis can actually destroy the joints in the joint. When this happens, horrible pain and stiffness can result. Generally, rheumatoid arthritis strikes in the upper neck area. Neck pain can be caused by spinal cord or nerve compression. Arthritis can cause osteophytes, or bony ridges, to form on the vertebrae, which lessens the space for the spinal cord and reduces an individual's ability to move his neck.

What to Do?

If the origin of your neck and shoulder pain is arthritis, your physician will probably tell you to rest and undergo physiotherapy to improve the flexibility and strength of your shoulders and neck. You might be advised to change your activities so as not to aggravate the problem. Medication can be given to treat arthritic pain. It reduces the inflammation and will help reduce the pain that you are experiencing. Sometimes physicians actually inject a drug into the painful joint to eliminate extreme pain. Consult with your physician and get her advice on how to proceed.

Posture and Wear and Tear

According to the Mayo Clinic, most neck pain is caused by poor posture and age-related wear and tear. Our body parts do get worn out but there are some techniques that we can use to fend off age-related aches and pains. Don't sleep on your stomach because this stresses your neck. If you spend all day working at a computer, make sure that your desk and chair are at the proper levels and use armrests. Do not tuck the phone under your neck because this will jam up your neck. Make sure to stretch throughout the course of the day, changing your position, even if only momentarily, so that you don't get stiff.

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