Arm Pain, Arm Discomfort and Numbness and Tingling into the Arms and Hands
As chiropractors, we see many different types of conditions walk into our office. Arm pain, pain radiation into the arm, arm or hand weakness and numbness and tingling into the arms and hands are very common conditions that we treat successfully.
Most arm pain originates from the cervical (neck) region of the spine. There are a series of 5 nerves that form what is called the brachial plexus that originate from the neck. There are several potential causes of arm pain or radiation into the arm:
•If the spine misaligns or develops a subluxation in one of these areas, pressure from that misalignment can cause arm pain.
•And any combination of the above!
It is definitely concerning to have arm pain because it is usually an indication of direct pressure on a nerve in the neck. Most of the time when arm pain develops, the underlying cause of the problem in the cervical region of the spine has been progressing for many years. Most people who come in with arm pain do not know they had problems developing because only 10% of the nervous system feels pain.
Here is a brief description of the treatments we may use to help manage your problem.
1 Joint Manipulation
Your chiropractor has found joints in your body that are not moving freely. This can cause tightness and discomfort and can accelerate unwanted degeneration i.e. arthritis. Your chiropractor will apply a gentle force with their hands, or with hand held instruments, in order to restore motion to any “restricted” joints. Sometimes a specialized table will be used to assist with these safe and effective “adjustments”. Joint manipulation improves flexibility, relieves pain and helps maintain healthy joints.
2 Therapy Modalities
We may apply electrotherapy modalities that produce light electrical pulses transmitted through electrodes placed over your specific sites of concern. These comfortable modalities work to decrease your pain, limit inflammation and ease muscle spasm. Hot or cold packs are often used in conjunction, to enhance the effect of these modalities. Another available option is therapeutic ultrasound. Ultrasound pushes sound vibrations into tissues. When these vibrations reach your deep tissues, heat develops and unwanted waste products are dispersed.
3 Myofascial Release
Overworked muscles often become tight and develop knots or “trigger points”. Chronic tightness produces inflammation and swelling that ultimately leads to the formation of “adhesions” between tissues. Your chiropractor will apply pressure with their hands, or with specialized tools, in order to release muscle tightness and soft-tissue adhesions. This will help to improve your circulation, relieve pain and restore flexibility.
Here is a quick lesson from Dr. Jarl KLeinman about arm pain!
Here is a lesson from Dr. Dana O’Neil about shoulder pain!