Do You Arm and Leg Pain?
The shoulder and hip joints are two of the most mobile and frequently used joints in the body. They are also a frequent site of injury and pain for many people. From overuse to sports injuries, the causes are many and the results range from slight discomfort to complete immobilization. Chiropractic adjustments can help to reverse this pain and discomfort.
The actual cause of arm or leg pain can be difficult to self-diagnose. If you have had an obvious injury, such as stressing a joint through a repetitive use pattern at work, dislocating a shoulder playing sports, or pinching a nerve by falling asleep in an awkward position, the source of your immediate pain may be obvious. However, when the pain in the arms or legs develops slowly over time, without the occurrence of an apparent injury or accident, or when the pain from an injury has become chronic, and the source becomes perplexing, you may be in need of a more thorough assessment to determine the source.
There are some different possible sources, including bursitis, arthritis, and tendinitis, but misalignment (subluxations) of the vertebrae in the neck and lower back are responsible for the vast majority of the chronic arm and leg pain. If the spaces where the nerves leave the spine become narrowed due to the vertebrae or disc being out of position, the nerve can become irritated, and often produces pain down its entire path. Many patients are surprised when they see that the nerves travel from the spine all the way to the ends of our fingertips and toes.
As a result, injuries to the vertebrae in the spine can create the sensation of pain anywhere along the entire length of the arms and legs. The pain patterns associated with sciatica, which run from the hip all the way to the foot, are a good example of how this works.
People experiencing work injuries are often referred to chiropractors because of the high success rate with treating these types of injuries. Chiropractic care offers a gentle, non-invasive first step when seeking treatment. A chiropractor will perform a thorough evaluation in order to assess your condition and find the exact source. Once the cause of the pain has been determined the chiropractor will work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan.
The sooner you receive proper care after a work injury, the easier it is to avoid further pain and complications. Call our team at Chiropractic Nutrition Center today to get started on the track to recovery.