What Causes Shoulder Pain Which Extends Into an Arm?

When there is shoulder surgery or the shoulder pain was caused by a Motor Vehicle Accident, there is a much higher chance that chronic pain or pain extending into the arm may result. Even worse is when the automatic nervous system (Autonomic Nervous System) becomes activated. This can also occur due to the inflammation and pain resulting from surgery. Motor Vehicle Accidents involving the shoulder can also cause twisting of the back damaging the brachial sympathetic plexus which can activate an Autonomic Nervous System dysfunction. Nerves extending into the arm may be involved with the accident or may become involved caused by inflammation, due to the accident. Similarly, these nerves can be injured during a shoulder surgery procedure or become involved due to the inflammation, from the surgery.

Pain following a shoulder surgery or from an automobile accident can cause insufficient circulation to the shoulder bones and the bone underlying the cartilage of the shoulder.

In many cases, shoulder pain occurs when there is insufficient circulation to the bone underlying the cartilage of the shoulder and where muscles and ligaments attach to the bones of the shoulder. Cartilage between the “ball and socket” shoulder bones serve as a cushion in the joint between the bones. This allows for the absorption of shock and allows motion of one bone against another. This bone/cartilage degeneration can be a result of “wear and tear” or injury. As the bones become weaker it can cause arthritis.

The cartilage does not have its own circulation. The cartilage uses the circulation of the underlying bone to provide oxygen and remove waste products. However, if the bone does not have sufficient circulation, the portions of the bone which require more oxygen, such as beneath the cartilage, begin to die; this creates dead spots in the bone beneath the discs, called subchondral cysts. When cold weather approaches and the barometric pressures fall, the subchondral cysts expand against the injured portion of the discs and causes pain. Unfortunately, pain causes a further decrease in circulation to the bone making the shoulder pain even worse.

The same thing happens in the areas where muscles and ligaments attach to the bones of the shoulder. In these areas there is an increased need for oxygen and the bone dies creating subchondral cysts. Since the muscles and ligaments are now attaching to areas of weakened bone, they can pull away from the underlying bone. Many times this results in a “torn rotator cuff”.

As the cartilage begins to degenerate the joint space narrows and the joint becomes painful and stiff as there is an increase in bone to bone contact.

The nerve chemical which controls circulation to the bone is the same chemical which controls circulation to the fingers and toes. This is why people with shoulder pain also almost always have cold toes and many times cold fingers.

The same thing happens in the areas where muscles and ligaments attach to the bones of the shoulder. In these areas there is an increased need for oxygen and the bone dies creating subchondral cysts. Since the muscles and ligaments are now attaching to areas of weakened bone, they can tear away from the underlying bone. Many times this results in a “torn rotator cuff”. In addition, these areas of weakened bone can pull away and form bone spurs.  If a bone spur pushes on a nerve going into the arm, there is a shooting “funny bone” sensation extending into the arm.

As the cartilage begins to degenerate, the joint space narrows. The joints become painful and stiff as there is an increase in bone to bone contact. This pain further decreases the circulation to the bones and, therefore, decreased circulation to the cartilage.

The nerve chemical [Calcitonin gene-related Peptide (CGRP)] which increases circulation to the bone is the same chemical which controls circulation to the fingers and toes. This is why many patients with shoulder pain also have decreased circulation causing cold toes and many times cold fingers.

The shoulder pain is even worse when there is a second nerve chemical is also insufficient [Vasoactive Intestinal Polypeptide (VIP)]. VIP decreases inflammation throughout the body. In this case, inflammation caused by the degeneration of the bones and cartilage is even worse due to a lack of VIP. The pain caused by the inflammation decreases the circulation and makes the problem worse. In many patients, the lack of VIP also causes airborne and food allergies, as well as, digestive problems. Not only does shoulder pain interfere with quality sleep but, since VIP is also necessary to create melatonin, many of these patients also had insomnia prior to the shoulder problems.

Pain causes further decrease in circulation because it destroys CGRP. CGRP not only increases circulation to the bones but also increases circulation to the nerves that created VIP. Therefore, if CGRP is decreased, then VIP is also decreased.

Another common source of pain associated with shoulder pain is osteoporosis. This is a progressive decrease in bone density and, therefore, bone strength. A lack of sufficient CGRP and VIP can cause osteoporosis. Not only does CGRP increase circulation to the bone but also CGRP and VIP cause increased bone creation while decreasing bone degradation. Once again, these areas of weakened bone can pull away and form bone spurs.  If a bone spur pushes on a nerve going into the arm, there is a shooting “funny bone” sensation or burning pain extending into the arm.

VECTTOR therapy is a form of electrostimulation founded upon principals of acupuncture, reflexology, physiology, cellular physiology, and anatomy and is designed to stimulate the nerves to produce certain vital neuropeptides (including CGRP and VIP) essential for optimal functioning of the body.

Many of the shoulder fractures are a direct result of osteoporosis. When the shoulder bones become weak enough, a pathological fracture can occur with a minor fall or Motor Vehicle Accident. Obviously, osteoporosis would increase the chance of a rotator cuff tear.

One of the most common treatments of shoulder pain is physical therapy. It is important to note that physical therapy must not cause pain when performed because it will then diminish the circulation at the cellular level (CGRP).

Many times the shoulder pain becomes chronic (lasts for more than 6 weeks). Even worse is when the automatic nervous system (Autonomic Nervous System) becomes activated. This can occur due to the inflammation and pain resulting from surgery. Motor Vehicle Accidents involving the shoulder can also cause twisting of the shoulder damaging the brachial sympathetic plexus which can activate an Autonomic Nervous System dysfunction. Nerves extending into the arm may be involved with the accident or may become involved caused by inflammation, due to the accident. Similarly, these nerves can be injured during a shoulder surgery procedure or become involved due to the inflammation, from the surgery. Various sensations can be felt in the arm ranging from numbness, stinging, burning, or that “funny bone sensation”.

Many of the traditional treatments for shoulder pain can cause the shoulder pain to actually increase and/or cause other problems. NSAIDs are well known for causing stomach pain and stomach ulcers. Injections cause a response from the Autonomic Nervous System (automatic nervous system). Chronic pain (pain lasting longer than 6 weeks) involves the Autonomic Nervous System. The Automatic Nervous System can react very severely to injections or surgery with markedly increased pain and even Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). This syndrome makes the patients feel as if their shoulder has been dipped in boiling oil and then set on fire.

 

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If you have already tried and found physical therapy, NSAIDs, ice, heat, injections, massage, and even surgery; to be unsuccessful in relieving your shoulder pain, you are not alone. Let the VECTTOR Therapy System bring you the pain relief you have been trying so hard to get.

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VECTTOR Therapy System

VECTTOR therapy is a form of electrostimulation founded upon principals of acupuncture, reflexology, physiology, cellular physiology, and anatomy and is designed to stimulate the nerves to produce certain vital neuropeptides essential for optimal functioning of the body.

VECTTOR therapy is designed to read feedback from the patient’s body via skin surface temperatures, throughout the treatment process. When indicated by the feedback received during treatment, VECTTOR will prompt the user to log into the system and request new treatment protocols, designed to maximize the effectiveness of the user’s treatments.

 

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The nerve chemical which causes a temperature increase in the fingers is monitored by the VECTTOR unit and is the same nerve chemical which increases circulation to the bone. The VECTTOR treatment choses its treatments based upon adequate improvements in skin temperature. If there are insufficient amounts of this chemical, it causes the changes in the bones of the shoulder which causes the shoulder pain