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What is a nerve entrapment in the shoulder?



A nerve entrapment in the shoulder is when a nerve within the shoulder complex becomes stuck or compressed. Physiotherapy can treat nerve entrapments in the shoulder.


How does a nerve entrapment around the shoulder occur?



Nerves in the shoulder may become entrapped when adhesions develop between the nerve and the surrounding tissues. The nerves can also become entrapped by excessively tight surrounding tissues. This causes interference in the signals being transmitted by the nerve. The suprascapular nerve is the most commonly entrapped nerve in the shoulder.


What are the symptoms of nerve entrapment in the shoulder?



When a nerve in the shoulder is entrapped it generally causes pain. This pain may be felt over the shoulder blade, in the arm, neck or even over the chest. A feeling of weakness in the shoulder itself is often present. Other symptoms of nerve entrapment in the shoulder may include:

What should I do if I have a nerve entrapment in my shoulder?



Nerve entrapments in the shoulder generally do not get better unless cause of the entrapment is treated. If you have or suspect you have a nerve entrapment, you should consult a physiotherapist at Physio.co.uk. In the meantime, avoid activities which aggravate or provoke your pain as this may lead to the further entrapment.


Physiotherapy for nerve entrapments in the shoulder.



Physiotherapy is important in the treatment of an entrapped nerve in the shoulder. Initially, your physiotherapist can diagnose the cause of the problem and establish its severity. Following the assessment, your physiotherapist will be able to determine an appropriate treatment plan. Surgery is sometimes required to remove the structures that are compressing the nerve. Physiotherapy is very important prior to and after the operation. Treatments may include:

What shouldn’t I do if I have a nerve entrapment in my shoulder?



If you have or suspect you have an entrapped nerve in your shoulder, you shouldn’t ignore the problem. This can lead to your injury getting worse and prolong your recovery.


Could there be any long-term effects from a nerve entrapment in my shoulder?



Nerve entrapments in the shoulder do not normally cause any long-term effects if they are properly diagnosed and appropriately treated. If not, they can lead to ongoing pain in the shoulder, muscle wastage and a prolonged lay-off from participation in sporting activities.

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