Chiropractic for Shoulder Pain, Arm Pain, and Hand Pain with Dr. Martin in Irvine
Most people know that your chiropractor is your go-to professional for relieving neck and back pain. But did you know that your chiropractor can also treat shoulder pain, arm pain, and hand pain? Irvine chiropractor Dr. Gary Martin helps many patients find a drug-free, surgery-free happy ending for should, arm, and hand pain. Here's a brief explanation of how chiropractic care for this kind of pain works.
The Brachial Plexus and Brachial Plexopathy
There is nothing unusual about pain in the shoulder, arm, and hand. In many cases, shoulder, arm, and hand pain are related to pressure on a group of nerves known as the brachial plexus. These nerves run from the lower neck to the shoulder. Inflammation of these nerves is known as brachial plexopathy. The brachial nerves can be stretched or compressed or even torn away from the spinal cord. When this happens, pain and immobility result.
The kinds of injuries that cause problems with the brachial plexus usually don't happen to your shoulder, arm, or hand. They more likely result from an injury to the muscles your neck. It's the kind of injury a defensive lineman gets while making a tackle. It's a common injury in female soccer players. It's something that happens when you get whiplash in a car wreck.
The muscles in your neck are attached directly to your cervical spine. When they are injured, they don't necessarily cause any pain right away. It's only when they start repairing tissue damage that they become painful and inflamed. Swollen neck muscles pull directly on the cervical spine. The bones in the cervical spine, in turn, can cause a kind of pinching of the brachial plexus that result in shoulder, arm, and hand pain.
What feels like an injury to your shoulder, arm, or hand often is actually a problem in your neck. The misalignment of the cervical spine can be corrected with chiropractic adjustments. Of course, it's also possible to have injuries to the shoulder, arm, or hand themselves. Your chiropractor will recognize the real source of your pain and give you appropriate drug-free treatment.
When you have shoulder pain, arm pain, or hand pain, and you can't quite remember what you did to cause them, it's always a good idea to come in to see your chiropractor right away. With the right chiropractic diagnosis, you can achieve pain-free flexibility and motion months faster than just hoping they will go away on their own.