Radiculopathy - A pinched nerve, usually from a herniated, or slipped, disk. Patients tyically complain of numbness/tingling /or a shooting pain traveling down the arm or mid back which is very severe and needs to be evaluated further with diagnostic testing(MRI/NCV and EMG)
Myofascial Pain - is a sore , aching pain in muscles that's due to microtrauma to muscles and usually manifest as a trigger point(tender to the touch ). This type of pain can occcur due to deconditioning(inactivity),poor posture, sitting at a computer, performing manual labor while working in the yard,gardening, repetive bending or lifting. Patients can also have referral pain down the arm.
Spinal Stenosis - A narrowing of the nerve openings either around the spinal canal or nerve roots that can cause symptoms similar to a pinched nerve. It can cause arm pain in anyone, but most often does so in older people. Patients with spinal stenosis can have trouble walking, and standing and pain relief with sitting down or bending forward. It can cause aching or heaviness in either extremity.
Non-Spinal Causes of neck pain- Pain imitating a neck injury, but from another cause. tumors,syrinx,parathyroid disease, arteriovenous malformations are a few examples of problems that can refer pain to the back.
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