Similar to back pain, the most common causes of neck and shoulder pain is injury to the soft tissues, including the muscles, tendons, and ligaments within these structures.
This can often occur from poor posture, lifting, quick movements of the neck, or poor sleeping position. Whiplash or other injuries is another common reason for neck and shoulder pain.
Degenerative changes of the spine in the neck can pinch nerves that can cause both neck and shoulder pain.
Osteopaths are experts at diagnosing and treating neck and shoulder pain and, invariably, we find that strain patterns from elsewhere in body, particularly in the upper back between the shoulder blades, causes or exacerbates the neck and shoulder pain. Therefore, by addressing these areas, as well as the injury itself, is the best way to get a long term solution to the pain.