• Dr. Michael Myers

Can a Chiropractor Help Arm Pain

I often have new patients come into our Spartanburg office with a complaint of arm pain. Whether or not we can help it depends on what is causing the pain.

Probably the most common cause for upper arm pain that I see in my office is a rotator cuff injury of some type. The rotator cuff is a group of muscles in the shoulder that basically hold the arm and the shoulder together. A rotator cuff injury is best treated by physical therapy, however, if it is a mild case, home exercises can correct the problem. If it is a very serious rotator cuff tear, surgery may be the best option.

The second most common cause of arm pain that I see is called cervicobrachial syndrome. This is upper, outer arm pain or shoulder pain that is caused by nerve irritation in the neck. This is a condition that I treat very successfully in my office. The first step is to properly identify the cause through a thorough exam and possibly x-rays. Second, the treatment is a series of gentle yet specific chiropractic adjustments to the neck over a course of 6-8 weeks. At the end of the initial treatment period, the patient will be re-evaluated to see what kind of progress has been made. Usually, this particular treatment plan is met with good success.

The third most common cause of arm pain that I see in my office is carpal tunnel syndrome. This is a very interesting condition. It may be caused by an actual narrowing of the carpal tunnel, but I have found that carpal tunnel symptoms respond very well to either adjustments to the wrist bones or possibly the neck. The nerves in the wrist and hand originate in the neck. Irritation to those nerves in the neck can lead to wrist and hand pain in certain circumstances. Treatment would be similar to how we would treat cervicobrachial syndrome. Misalignment of the wrist bones can result in nerve compression in the wrist which may also lead to carpal tunnel symptoms. This can be alleviated by simply adjusting the wrist bones to their proper position.

If you or someone you know in Spartanburg has a type of arm pain discussed in this article, please allow us to give you a free consultation. It may be something that we can help you with, and get you back to the health that you always wanted.

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