Scoliosis & arm muscle pain

Updated July 19, 2017

Scoliosis is a spine disorder that can cause great pain and discomfort. Scoliosis does not directly cause pain in the muscles of the arm. However, the symptoms of scoliosis can lead to the conditions that may cause arm muscle pain to occur. If this is the case, treatment may be needed.


When affected by scoliosis, the spine twists at an angle. This is not necessarily painful and the curvature may be so subtle that it may not even be noticed. Scoliosis does not cause arm muscle pain. However, severe scoliosis may cause the neck to be seriously affected, which may cause this sort of pain.


When the neck is affected by severe scoliosis it may be forced into an awkward position. This occurs because the curvature of the spine is so extreme that it also twists the bones in the neck.

Arm Muscle Pain

Arm muscle pain experienced along with symptoms of scoliosis occurs when a nerve is trapped in the bones of the neck, causing a tingling, painful sensation up and down the arm. A trapped nerve can also make the arm feel heavy. You may experience a consistently dull ache in the arm.


Scoliosis is usually treated with a back brace that is used to ease the spine into the correct shape. However, if the curvature of the spine is so bad as to have caused a trapped nerve in the neck, surgery may be required to encourage the spine to straighten. This is done by attaching a rod along the spine. If this does not free the trapped nerve, then surgery may also be needed to free the nerve.


Scoliosis does not cause arm muscle pain and it causes a trapped nerve in the neck—which in turn results in arm muscle pain—only in rare cases. For this reason, it is important to discuss any serious pain in the arm muscles with your doctor, as it may be caused by an entirely different condition.

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Alexander Kennard started writing in 2003. He has written music reviews and articles for "The Reflector" at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Canada, and has been published on He has a Master of Arts in English from the University of Victoria.