Arm Pain or Discomfort, and Numbness and Tingling into the Arms and Hands
Pain radiating into the arms and down into the hands is a common problem. For some people, the pain may only be mild or felt as a numbness or tingling sensation. But pain is a manifestation of a problem that needs to be corrected.
Causes of Arm Pain, Numbness, or Tingling into the Arms & Hands
The brachial plexus is a group of 5 nerves that exit from the cervical spine (neck) and run down the arms into the hands. Often, arm pain originates from pressure on nerves in the neck. Here are some possible causes of arm pain.
- Subluxation, or misalignment, in the neck
- Disc degeneration
- Herniated disc
- A combination of the above
Arm pain is often the result of a problem in the cervical spine (neck) that has been developing for years. This is possible since only 10% of the nervous system can feel pain. As we work to discover and correct the cause of your arm pain, our review of x-rays will often show problems in the cervical spine such as bone spurs, loss of disc space, arthritis, and disc degeneration that has been ongoing for some time.
It is important to have arm pain problems addressed and corrected as soon as possible. When left untreated, the problem will only get worse and may end up requiring surgery.
Arm Pain Case Study
A young man in his 30s recently became a patient because he had neck pain and pain radiating down his left arm to the elbow. His pain made it difficult to turn his head or move his left arm. Decreased tendon reflexes and decreased upper arm sensation indicated direct pressure on a nerve in his neck. We reviewed an MRI recently taken by a neurosurgeon and found that there was a large disc bulge in his cervical spine (neck) that was putting pressure directly on the nerve.
Part of the reason he came to see us was nothing else had worked, and the other option recommended by the surgeon was surgery. Physical therapy and steroid injections had not corrected the problem.
Happily, with chiropractic care and adjustments over three weeks, we were able to alleviate his pain and restore the full range of motion to his neck. There still was some disk bulge, but he was no longer experiencing pain and other symptoms. Additionally, he was able to avoid the risk of surgery and return to his normal lifestyle.
Do you have arm pain?
If you are experiencing arm pain or numbness, seek chiropractic care before resorting to medications or surgery. There are no negative side effects to chiropractic care. Chiropractic care has a long history of being able to locate and correct the source of your pain.
At World Class Chiropractic, we will review your medical history and current problems, and conduct the necessary examinations to locate the source of your problem. Once we discover the source of your arm pain, we will develop a game plan to correct it, bring relief from pain, and restore your range of motion.
Arm Pain and Chiropractic Care
Dr. Steve Silverston is very successful in treating pain without the use of drugs. Arm pain caused by subluxations, pinched nerves, disc degeneration, or even osteoarthritis is a common problem he treats successfully.
Please call our office today to schedule an appointment to treat your arm pain. Call World Class Chiropractic at 410.461.3435 or use our convenient appointment form. If you feel this information on arm pain can help someone you know, please recommend this article to them.