Arm pain due to injury, wear and tear on the body, or nerve irritation is a common occurrence. The pulling, stabbing pain can hit at your shoulder, elbow, forearm, or even the wrist. Possible causes are many, and while sometimes the culprit is easy to identify, other times it requires further investigation.
With arm pain syndrome, your pain might be slow to develop, or it might come on without warning. It might be sharp or dull, achy or stabbing. You might even experience symptoms of neuropathy, such as numbness or tingling. Frequently, injury or strain in the neck or upper back are to blame for arm pain.
What Is Causing the Pain in my Arm?
Stiffness, limited mobility, pain, and neuropathy are all complaints associated with arm pain syndrome. Your arm pain might be due to several factors:
- Sports injury
- Back or neck injury
- Inflammation in the joints
- Pulled muscles
- Carpal tunnel
- Torn rotator cuff
- Tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow
- A herniated disc in the upper back
- Brachial plexus injury
If you’re not sure whether you should seek treatment, speaking with your chiropractor can help you better pinpoint what is causing your arm pain syndrome. Your
chiropractor will examine the affected area and run diagnostic tests to determine a diagnosis. Describing the pain can help with diagnosis, such as the location of the pain, the type of pain, and the conditions involved when the pain began.
When the pain is associated with an apparent injury such as a sporting injury or a car accident, your chiropractor can quickly determine treatment options. However, when the pain isn’t associated with a known injury, it can take more time establish the cause.
How Can I Treat It?
Treating arm pain syndrome will depend largely on what is causing the pain. While there are always options for addressing the symptoms such as pain relievers and steroids these methods will not treat the pain at its root. More severe injuries may even need surgery. However, most arm pain syndromes won’t require such drastic measures.
Chiropractic is a long-practiced method of treating pain associated with arm pain syndrome. It is also an effective method of arm neuropathy treatment.
Treatment methods vary but may include manipulation of the joints, applying pressure, tissue manipulation, and electric stimulation.
Nerves in the body act as pathways and these routes carry messages from the nervous, immune, and digestive systems to the brain. When these pathways become blocked due to inflamed joints, herniated discs, or general misalignment, it can prevent these paths from firing correctly. Also, it can cause pain due to limited flexibility and inflammation in the joints and muscles.
Chiropractic care can realign the joints and subluxations, clearing blockages, restoring flexibility, and relieving pressure and pain.
Let Chiropractic Care Work for You
At Michigan Chiropractic Specialists, we can create a treatment plan for you. Our chiropractors are trained in the treatment of arm pain syndrome, and we are dedicated to helping our patients achieve optimal health.