Arm Neuropathy Treatment in West Bloomfield, MI
Arm neuropathy can be a debilitating and frustrating condition that can negatively impact your quality of life, especially if the cause is unclear. Proper diagnosis and treatment are necessary to effectively manage your arm neuropathy symptoms and prevent further nerve damage.
Arm Neuropathy Defined
Arm neuropathy is a form of peripheral neuropathy that occurs when any part of the nerves that control the arm become irritated or injured. Arm neuropathy can affect one or more of the three major nerve branches that are located in the arm, i.e., radial, median, and ulnar nerves. The insult can occur anywhere along the entire length of the arm, such as the hand, wrist, forearm, elbow, upper arm, and/or shoulder, the brachial plexus (i.e., the bundle of nerves that lies between the neck and shoulder), or where the nerves attach to the cervical spine.
Common Causes and Symptoms of Arm Neuropathy
Arm neuropathy is caused by a variety of factors. Identifying the underlying cause is crucial to developing a treatment plan that will put you on the path to recovery.
The most common symptoms of arm neuropathy include pain that is described as burning, sharp, or stabbing, numbness and tingling in the hands, wrist, forearm, and/or elbow, weakness, and/or sensory changes. Symptoms vary from mild to severe so the potential impact on your life can also vary significantly.
Arm Neuropathy Treatment
Arm neuropathy treatment should be individualized on a case by case basis because there are several treatment options available depending on the cause. The treatment should focus initially on correcting the underlying condition, i.e., correcting any vitamin deficiencies, regulating blood sugar levels in the presence of diabetes, or abstaining from drinking alcohol. If your symptoms cannot be corrected or reversed, the following treatment approaches should be considered to help with symptom management and the prevention of additional nerve damage.
Short-term immobilization of the affected area with the use of casts and splints may be prescribed to reduce the pain associated with arm neuropathy.
Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) therapies are also gaining traction when it comes to treating nerve pain. Chiropractic care is a safe and effective alternative for relieving arm pain associated with peripheral neuropathy, especially if the pain originates in the cervical spine. Chiropractors can manipulate and realign the spine to help ease your symptoms. Your chiropractor may also recommend massage therapy or a Transcutaneous.
Electronic Nerve Stimulation (TENS) unit. This device helps decrease pain by providing electrical feedback to the nerves, which interferes with the pain signals transmitted from the arm to the brain.
Surgery may also be performed as a last resort, especially in the presence of irreversible nerve injury or various compression neuropathies. Some common nerve decompression surgeries include carpal tunnel syndrome and ulnar nerve release.
Most causes of arm neuropathy can be treated successfully and even prevented in some cases. Delaying treatment may make your condition worse or more resistant to treatment in the long run. There are numerous treatment options available to meet your specific needs.
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