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Does a cervical herniated disk cause horrible shoulder pain?

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Dr. Roger Frankel
Neurosurgery
7 doctors agree

In brief: It can

Severe shoulder pain is a common symptom seen in cervical disc herniations.
There can be further radiation of pain down the arm as well.

In brief: It can

Severe shoulder pain is a common symptom seen in cervical disc herniations.
There can be further radiation of pain down the arm as well.
Dr. Roger Frankel
Dr. Roger Frankel
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Dr. Chintan Sampat
Shoulder pain secondary to a cervical herniated disc usually feels better when the arm is placed overhead whereas should pain secondary to rotator cuff injuries often feel worse when the arm is placed overhead. This is a good way to distinguish between a cervical disc problem or an intrinsic shoulder problem.
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

A cervical disc herniation can definitely cause severe shoulder pain and pain that runs down the arm into the hand.
It is not the only cause, however, and so a detailed physical exam can usually determine the cause followed by appropriate studies such as an mri. Thank you for the question.

In brief: Yes

A cervical disc herniation can definitely cause severe shoulder pain and pain that runs down the arm into the hand.
It is not the only cause, however, and so a detailed physical exam can usually determine the cause followed by appropriate studies such as an mri. Thank you for the question.
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

This can be a part of the presentation of a cervical disc herniation with or without neck pain as well as with or without arm pain or neurologic symptoms or findings with pain over the shoulder or along the inner border of the scapula or shoulderblade being a common site for pain due to a disc herniation.

In brief: Yes

This can be a part of the presentation of a cervical disc herniation with or without neck pain as well as with or without arm pain or neurologic symptoms or findings with pain over the shoulder or along the inner border of the scapula or shoulderblade being a common site for pain due to a disc herniation.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Specificaaly, classica lly the c5 nerve root is the neck suspect causes severe shoulder painf oud betwern c45 a dic herniation at that level can cause severe shoulder pain.

In brief: Yes

Specificaaly, classica lly the c5 nerve root is the neck suspect causes severe shoulder painf oud betwern c45 a dic herniation at that level can cause severe shoulder pain.
Dr. Mark Weston
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