Arm and Hand Pain, Cervical Subluxations, and Chiropractic Care
Posted Jun 02 2009 4:34pm
San Francisco Chiropractor and Spinal Decompression Specialist comments:
It is very common for the SF Financial District office workers we treat to present with symptoms such as arm and hand pain. Sometimes the upper extremity pain is accompanied by neck pain, tension across the top of the shoulders, and maybe weakness of grip. Even night pain. It just depends. What makes it confusing for the patient is if the symptoms are only in the arms and hands, and we tell them that the source of the symptoms is actually spinal subluxations in the neck.
But, after we explain that the nerves that control the arms and hands actually originate in the neck, and pressure on the nerves as they exit the cervical spine is very common with patients that sit all day and work on a computer, they understand. But usually the real proof comes when they start to feel better, sometimes overnight. Especially if the problem has been around a while, what we call a chronic condition. It's not uncommon for someone with chronic arm or hand pain to have had various unsuccessful treatments. Wrist splints and Motrin, physical therapy, acupuncture, copper bracelets, magnets, anti-inflammatory medications, and on and on.
This is why I look forward to coming to work each day at my San Francisco Back and Wrist Pain Center. I know there will be patients that have been through the ringer and are struggling with carpal tunnel related signs and symptoms. For the most part, these patients have never been checked for subluxations, degenerative disc disease, or disc herniations in the neck. In reality, it should be the first place that is checked. Chiropractors can help all of the above with chiropractic adjustments and adjunctive therapies such as massage, cold laser, and exercise.