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Sciatica is a term used to describe pain in the leg that has it’s source in the low back. The same scenario occurs in the upper body but there is not a common name to explain this phenomenon. In the upper body, pain can be referred from the neck and extend into the shoulder blade /upper rib area, the shoulder, around the elbow or any where down the arm. Sometimes the pain appears to be in the joint, in a particular muscle or as a line somewhere in the arm. As with the low back, some people experience pain or stiffness in the neck and some people do not. In the worst case this pain can be severe or debilitating but for most people the pain is less dramatic. Sometimes people experience weakness or pins and needles in the affected arm.  This is  a normal variation of the condition.

When people  present with pain in any part of the body, we perform a detailed assessment to determine where the pain is coming from and how we can assist you to return to performing normal activities in a pain free manner as fast as possible.


Published in “The Village Observer”, July 2015. Written by Burns Bay Physiotherapy.