Radiating Arm Pain and Chiropractic Care
If you are feeling radiating pain in your arm, it can be extremely stressful and concerning. This pain may start off by you feeling tingling in areas and then progress to pain and even numbness. This pain you are feeling can come from a variety of places and should be thoroughly explored by your medical doctor or chiropractic physician. The physician can determine what the likely cause of the pain is and how to go about treating this pain. There are many ways that radiating pain can occur, which we will discuss below.
Causes of Radiating Arm Pain
Radiating arm pain (shooting arm pain) can be due to an acute injury to the neck, shoulder or arm. Injuries such as a broken arm, neck sprain, or dislocated shoulder. Other causes could be due to angina, joint inflammation, carpal tunnel, cervical herniated disc, degenerative joint disease (osteoarthritis), and various causes of nerve damage. Those predisposed to heart attacks may experience arm and shoulder pain due to decreased blood flow to the heart. Pinched cervical nerves can cause pain, numbness and tingling in any your neck and various parts of your arm. Herniated discs or disc protrusions can cause severe pain, numbness, and tingling in the neck, back, arms, and legs.
Shoulder, arm, and hand pain may be linked to a group of nerves, called the brachial plexus. These nerves run from the lower neck to the upper shoulder area. Nerve damage to this region can cause pain, loss of mobility, and even loss of sensation. This region can be treated by chiropractic methods or prescription treatments.
There are prescription medications, like steroids and painkillers that can be used to mask the pain in the arm and shoulder region. Unfortunately, these medications will not improve the condition and can also have harmful side effects and chemical dependency issues. Many pain medications have been linked to cross-reactions and issues involving drug dependency. This is in conjunction with lack of pain treatment and a need for constant medication.
Chiropractic Care for Radiating Arm Pain
Chiropractic care is another option for those who are suffering from radiating arm pain, also known as shooting pain down the arm. The first step is examining the neck, the arm and possibly ordering x-rays or an MRI. The treatment course of action usually involves physical therapy modalities, chiropractic adjustments and gentle stretching (decompression) of the neck. Once the initial treatment plan is completed, it will be time for a re-evaluation. This is where the doctor determines the amount of success achieved from the chiropractic care. At our office, will also develop a plan that involves your diet and your exercise routine. The chiropractic plan is a whole-life approach that can determine what you are doing that could be contributing to your pain and discomfort. Having a customized plan is necessary to get individualized results that can truly provide relief from chronic pain.
Dr. Astrid Baldrich is a chiropractor in the Bristol, Connecticut area. She treats patients from all surrounding towns such as Plainville, Terryville, Farmington, Burlington and New Britain. She is currently the clinic director of the Chiropractic Center of Bristol and would love to help you with your radiating arm pain.
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