Erica and Susan

From Neck Pain to Shoulder Pain: Unraveling the Links Between the Two

Jun 1, 2023 | Shoulder Pain | 0 comments

Does stretching work when a muscle is over-recruited? 

Not if you don’t change the movement pattern. 

This is an excellent follow-up to episode #162, showing how you clinically reason through another weightlifting injury. 

Join Susan and Erica as they discuss a patient who sustained a shoulder/neck injury during a “basic” tricep extension exercise. 

The main takeaways are twofold: You must assess the connections between the 2 drivers and treating one region alone will not improve this patient’s symptoms. 


Because if you look at his mechanism of injury plus his old movement history as a rower, you will understand that these connections exist and why one region was more dominant, depending if it was OKC or CKC. 


A glance at this episode:

  • [3:01] Physical therapy for a hip injury
  • [6:29] Looking at the head and neck area
  • [12:58] Lumbar spine rotation and compression fracture
  • [15:58] Understanding the movement pattern
  • [19:50] Treating both areas of the body
  • [26:20] Sensory input to the joints
  • [32:23] The best way to recruit deep muscles

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