02 Aug Chiropractic Care for Arm & Leg Pain
Arm or Leg Pain
Arm or leg pain is a radiating pain that is a result of nerve irritation or nerve compression of one or more nerve roots of the cervical spine. Because the cervical (neck) nerves travel to the shoulders, arms and hands, an injury in the cervical spine can cause symptoms in these areas.
Cervical radiculopathy may result from a variety of problems with the nerves, bones and tissues of cervical spinal area. Nerve root injury in the cervical spine most commonly involves the three lowest levels of cervical vertebrae, which are called C5, C6, and C7.
Arm pain is a very general term but, underlying many of the conditions of the upper extremity, is an irritated or frankly pinched nerve root in the neck.
In its acute phase this is probably one of the most disabling conditions faced in a chiropractic clinic. The deep, penetrating ache is relentless and it is difficult to find a position which lessens the numbness and tingling. It is often especially bad at night.
Chronic arm pain or discomfort could be related to an injury or neck misalignment. Examples include tennis elbow, trauma to the arm, arthritis, bruises, pulled muscles, or other conditions. Traumatic injury can create nerve root pressure, resulting in pain.
There are thirty bones, over forty muscles, and fourteen major nerves giving you the ability to use your arm in any way you wish. Arm pain is a warning sign and should not be ignored. Often arm pain is caused by an injury to the area of pain, but it can also be an indication of a more serious underlying problem.
Chiropractic treatment and therapy can be a viable option for arm pain. A chiropractor can investigate and locate any potential interference in your spinal vertebrae that may be causing compression of the nerves.
An examination along with diagnostic testing will be used to determine exactly what is causing your arm pain. Because the causes and seriousness of different conditions are so varied, it is important to pinpoint the cause and begin the most appropriate treatment.
Leg pain affects many people on a daily basis. Depending upon the cause and each individual’s situation, symptoms of leg pain may present in many different ways. For some, the pain begins in the lower back and travels down one or both legs. Some experience pain down the back of the legs (sciatica), some the front of the thighs, and others down the side of the legs. Others experience pain only below the knee or solely in the feet or toes.
The location of the pain varies depending on the anatomical or neurological structures involved. The pain may be described in a variety of ways, including sharp, dull, heavy, aching, burning, numbness, and/or tingling.
Leg pain has many causes. Muscle cramps, shin splints, inflamed tendons or muscles, varicose veins, peripheral arterial disease, sciatica, and neuropathy are some of the most common conditions.
Since there are many disorders that can cause leg pain, the chiropractor’s first step is to determine what is causing the patient’s leg pain. Forming a diagnosis involves a thoughtful review of the patient’s medical history and a physical and neurological examination. Diagnostic testing including x-rays may also be used.
The purpose of chiropractic treatment is to help the body’s potential to heal itself. It is based on the scientific principle that restricted spinal movement leads to pain and reduced function and performance. Chiropractic care is a non-invasive (non-surgical) and drug-free.
The type of chiropractic therapy provided depends on the cause of the patient’s leg pain. A treatment plan may include several different treatments such as ice/cold therapies, TENS, and spinal adjustments (sometimes called spinal manipulation).
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