One area of neck pain which is very closely tied to arm pain is posture related – by shifting your head forward (a common move when sitting at a desk for long periods or looking at your phone all day) you’ll get a distortion in the muscles around the neck and shoulders. This is because the average head weighs between 9-12 pounds, and by shifting it forward you are making your muscles work much harder to keep it in position. Suddenly your 9-12 pound head is in a position which makes it feel closer to 30-40 pounds! This tension in the neck can cause stiffness in the upper arms, shooting pains down the arm, and tingling and numbness in the arms, into the hands.
You may have noticed we mentioned that tingling in the arms and hands may be an indication of referred pain from issues within your neck or shoulders. Frequently these symptoms are diagnosed as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - another common issue we treat in our office. To learn more about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, make sure to check out how we can help with your Wrist Pain as well!