Have you ever felt a pain radiating down your arm? An ache that seems to shoot through your shoulder? Have you wondered if you have a pinched nerve? Actually, the cause is more likely musculoskeletal.
In my office, I often see patients who complain of pain which travels down the arm,” says Dr. Joseph Carfi, MD, who has a practice in New Hyde Park, New York. “It may start in the neck; it may start in the shouder; or it just may be isolated in the arm.” Generally, he finds that discomfort of this sort is caused, not by some neurological issue (like a pinched nerve), but by a musculoskeletal problem. Since the body’s internal sensory map is imprecise, your body can misconstrue pain from int