A 50-year-old female asked:
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can shoulder pain ( rotator cuff tear) cause pain the neck?

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Dr. Jason Marchetti
19 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Yes: The shoulder and neck are intimately connected, primarily by the trapezius muscle. Problems in either area can refer pain to the other.
Answered on Sep 7, 2019
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Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
41 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Yes.: When your shoulder is injured, the neck muscles "work overtime" to help protect the shoulder, thus, the neck pain.
Answered on Feb 18, 2020

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Dr. Yelena Kipervas
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Explanation : Tear of rotator cuff is really painful. And pain radiate up and down. Please, follow the instructions and give yourself rest.
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Dr. Michael Bolesta
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Neck and shoulder: Could be from either. Start with neck mri or emg. If negative then manage shoulder tear with orthopedics surgery .
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Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
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Yes: It is possible that pain caused by shoulder problems is referred to the neck. Make sure you mention this to your surgeon before surgery.
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