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Brachial Neuritis Can Be Sudden and Confusing

Last updated: January 18, 2024 | Author: Dr. Samantha Coleman


Generally, when faced with a sudden onset of pain, we know the cause. Perhaps we stubbed our toe on a piece of furniture or turned too suddenly and pulled a muscle in our back.

Sharp, severe pain is usually caused by an injury that we can identify in the moment. This is why the sudden onset of pain, like the pain caused by brachial neuritis, can be so alarming.

When brachial neuritis causes intense shoulder and arm pain, it’s random, which can leave people extremely confused and concerned. At ChiroSolutions Center in Virginia Beach, VA, we understand how scary sudden shoulder pain can be, which is why we’re here to help.

If you experience this type of pain, here’s what you should know about the underlying cause and the treatments available to you.

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Understanding shoulder pain caused by brachial neuritis

If you experience a sudden, sharp pain shooting through your shoulder and arm, it may be caused by a condition called brachial neuritis, which affects the nerves in the area.

The condition also referred to as Parsonage-Turner syndrome, usually feels piercing on just one side of the body. It may radiate from the shoulder down to the arm and hand, as well as into the neck.


Brachial neuritis is caused by inflammation in the brachial plexus – the set of nerves running through the shoulder, neck, and upper back. These nerves are what facilitate feeling and movement in the shoulders, arms, and hands.

The severe shoulder pain caused by the condition typically lasts a few days. Unfortunately, it may be replaced by a numb feeling, tingling, and weakness, which can last much longer.

In some cases, you may have limited muscular control in the affected arm. It could take a few months to a few years for the arm to fully recover.

Treating sudden brachial neuritis

Experts are not sure what causes brachial neuritis, as it often appears at random and is unrelated to any injury. For many patients, this lack of identifiable cause and sudden onset can be frustrating and confusing.

Fortunately, there may be ways to treat the pain and mobility problems caused by the condition as your body heals.

Treating sudden brachial neuritis

Resting and icing the shoulder at home may reduce inflammation and help relieve pain. Chiropractic treatment may also be beneficial in the aftermath of brachial neuritis.

An examination and chiropractic adjustments may be able to alleviate pressure or compression of the nerves in the upper back. This may also alleviate pain or numbness in the shoulder and arm.

Additionally, a chiropractor may be able to walk you through stretches and exercises to perform at home to potentially increase the strength in your arm and restore proper motor function.

Repeated chiropractic and physical therapy treatments may help manage pain and muscular atrophy until the nerves heal. If you’ve suffered a sudden onset of brachial neuritis, contact ChiroSolutions Center in Virginia Beach, VA.

Our team uses a comprehensive approach to spinal correction called Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) to holistically improve patient comfort. Call us today to learn more!

Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.

Dr Samantha Coleman Chiropractor

She is the only Advanced Certified CBP Chiropractor in Hampton Roads, Virginia.

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