There are eight nerve roots that branch off of the spinal cord in the cervical spine/neck. They are known as C1-C8. Each nerve follows a distinct pattern and innervates different muscle groups. Nerves C3 though C8 pass through the shoulder. When a nerve in the cervical spine becomes pinched, the patient experiences pain in the pattern of that nerve, this is called cervical radiculopathy. Therefore, it is common for patients to feel shoulder pain and shoulder blade pain that is coming from an issue in the neck. In Dr. Brusovanik’s office, this is something he encounters on a daily basis. He is trained in distinguishing between these two types of pain and determining whether a patient’s pain is coming from his/her shoulder or neck. This is achieved by obtaining a detailed history, doing a thorough physical exam and attaining the proper imaging.