You use your arms and hands for almost everything! All movement in your arms, wrists and hands is controlled by the brain. The brain connects them with the rest of your body through billions of nerves that make up your nervous system.
The nerves that come out of the middle and upper back and supply information to the shoulders, arm, elbows, wrists, hands and fingers can become irritated. This happens when the spinal bones in the neck and upper back are misaligned and they damage the very nerves they are supposed to protect.
Should you see a Chiropractor for Shoulder Pain?
If you are experiencing pain in the shoulder region, whether it is a dull ache, sharp pain or tingling sensation that radiates down your arm—there is no denying that this shoulder pain can seriously disrupt your daily quality of life. Shoulder pain is unfortunately common. Chances are you don’t realize just how much you use your shoulder joint on a regular basis until you start experiencing shoulder pain or range of motion limitation.
While shoulder pain is common, it is not a condition that you should feel like you have to live with. You should always go see a doctor if you are experiencing pain that lasts for more than 48 hours. But when you start to notice unfamiliar shoulder pain, should you go and see a chiropractor?
The answer is yes.
Will a Chiropractor Work on Shoulders?
What Can Your Chiropractor Do For Your Shoulder Pain?
Many times, the pain you are feeling in your shoulder is actually related to an injury or a subluxation somewhere else in the body. Many times, neck or rib cage injuries can lead to pain or discomfort in the shoulder region. In addition to adjusting the shoulder joint, or other impacted joints that may be leading to your pain, your chiropractor may teach you at-home exercises and stretches that will help with this shoulder discomfort.
Strengthening exercises are often a great way to rebuild stability in a weak or painful shoulder. Working on your posture is also a great way to prevent shoulder pain if your discomfort comes from sitting and working at a desk all day.
CAUSES OF ARM & WRIST PAIN
An injury can cause the bones to become “misaligned”. You can injure your arm or wrist with something as serious as an accident or fall or with the simple fact of just working at a desk with poor posture, which causes the vertebrae to become misaligned.
Common causes of pain to the arm, wrist or hand are:
- Neuritis and Bursitis
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Rotator cuff injury
- Frozen Shoulder
- Tennis Elbow
- Chronic damage from work related tasks
Signs and Symptoms of Arm & Wrist Pain to Watch For
- Facial pain
- Thyroid or nasal problems
If you have “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome”, symptoms include tingling and numbness in the hand, fingers, wrist, shoulder, elbow and neck. The pain can be intense and can disturb your sleep. This pain is often caused by excess pressure in your wrist, which leads to inflammation.
How chiropractors treat arm and wrist pain
“Within the first 48 hours of an injury due to a fall or accident you should rest and ice the injury”. It is also important to keep your wrist elevated so it receives adequate circulation. You should visit a trained chiropractor, they can help you restore range of motion to your arm and wrist joints and reduce inflammation and scar tissue build up in the wrist. Chiropractors can also recommend exercises and stretches to help your healing process go smoothly.
Health benefits of chiropractic care for arm and wrist pain
- Reduced inflammation
- Reduced pain
- Improved flexibility
- Improved range of motion
- Increased muscle strength and tone
How to get relief from arm/wrist pain
Are you feeling some arm or wrist pain and want to feel better faster?
Call BeachView Chiropractic today to get support and relief from your pain today!