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What part of the spine affects the shoulders?

What part of the spine affects the shoulders?

Position changes related to the shoulder blade have direct impact on the shoulders function. A very important part of the shoulder blades resting position is the thoracic spine. An image below shows some of the various muscular attachments around the thoracic spine and shoulder blade.

What part of the spine is between the shoulder blades?

The thoracic spine is located at the back of the chest (the thorax), mostly between the shoulder blades. It extends from the bottom of the neck to the start of the lumbar spine, roughly at the level of the waist.

What vertebrae controls shoulder?

C5 helps control the deltoids (which form the rounded contours of the shoulders) and the biceps (which allow bending of the elbow and rotation of the forearm). The C5 dermatome covers the outer part of the upper arm down to about the elbow.

Is your spine connected to your shoulder?

The shoulder blade is divided into a small upper and larger lower surface by a ridge called the scapular spine. This ridge runs straight across the shoulder blade, forming the “roof” of the shoulder (the acromion) at one end.

Can lumbar cause shoulder pain?

A disc herniation can cause pain and may inflame a nearby nerve root that radiates pain down into the shoulder, arm, and/or hand. A disc herniation in the lower cervical spine is more likely to radiate pain into or near the shoulder blade area.

Which vertebrae causes shoulder pain?

Nerve roots C3 through C8 all pass through a specific part of the shoulder. If a cervical nerve root becomes compressed or irritated in the neck, it can cause pain and symptoms that radiate along the path of the nerve into the shoulder, arm and/or hand. This is medically termed cervical radiculopathy.

What causes back pain between shoulder blades?

Poor posture, injury, or problems with the spine can all lead to upper back pain. A common cause of pain between the shoulder blades is muscle strain. Treatments for mild upper back pain include stretching exercises and pain relievers. Some cases of pain between the shoulder blades are preventable.

How do you relieve back pain between shoulder blades?

Relieving the Pain Under Your Shoulder Blade

  1. Rest your upper back from activity. If your pain worsens when you do certain movements or physical activities, such as household chores or exercise, rest for a day or two.
  2. Apply ice and/or heat.
  3. Take over-the-counter (OTC) medication.
  4. Massage it out.
  5. Visit a health care provider.

Can spinal problems cause shoulder pain?

Cervical radiculopathy, commonly called a “pinched nerve,” occurs when a nerve in the neck is compressed or irritated where it branches away from the spinal cord. This may cause pain that radiates into the shoulder and/or arm, as well as muscle weakness and numbness.

Can C5 C6 cause shoulder pain?

Patients with C5 or C6 radiculopathy complain of shoulder area pain or shoulder girdle weakness. Typical idiopathic neuralgic amyotrophy (INA) is also characterized by severe shoulder pain, followed by paresis of shoulder girdle muscles.

Can your lower back affect your shoulder?

A disc herniation in the lower cervical spine is more likely to radiate pain into or near the shoulder blade area. While less common, it’s also possible for a disc herniation in the thoracic spine (upper back) to cause pain near the shoulder blade.

Can thoracic spine problems cause shoulder pain?

If one area, such as the thoracic spine is dysfunctional, it may affect the mobility of the shoulder as well, and create shoulder pain and limitations in function of the upper extremity.