What’s Causing the Buzzing Feeling in your Shoulder?

Category: Nerves | Author: Stefano Sinicropi | Date: June 8, 2015


Have you ever felt a sensation of buzzing or tingling in your shoulder? One of our readers recently asked about the possible causes of a buzzing feeling in the shoulder area. In response, this article will discuss the causes of a buzzing sensation in the shoulder and offer some insight into what could be causing the buzzing.

Causes of Buzzing in the Shoulder

A buzzing or tingling sensation in the shoulder can be the result of a number of different causes. When a patient reports symptoms of “buzzing” or “tingling” it is typically a nerve issue. The ulnar nerves pass from the cervical spine (neck) area, across the shoulders, and all the way down to the fingers on each hand. When the ulnar nerve gets pinched, even slightly, in the neck or at the shoulder, a patient may begin to experience a buzzing feeling. This can also be coupled with moderate to severe pain in the area.

Shoulder buzzing can also be caused by a condition called “Isolated Nerve Dysfunction.” This is when a single nerve begins to malfunction due to an injury, infection, swelling, or other problem in the area surrounding the nerve.

How to Treat Shoulder Buzzing

Treatment of a buzzing feeling in the shoulder is directly dependent on what exactly is causing the sensation. If it is related to a pinched nerve in the spine, shoulder, or arm, treatment is aimed at freeing up the nerve. Depending on the severity of the nerve entrapment, this can include anything from rest, bracing, and medication, to minimally invasive surgery to free up the nerve.

Contact your doctor right away if you experience any chronic buzzing or tingling in your shoulder – especially if the condition gets worse over time. Nerve conditions and injuries need to be treated quickly to avoid permanent damage.

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