San Francisco Chiropractor and Spinal Decompression Doctor Comments:
One of the most common complaints we have at our Back, Neck and Wrist Pain Center in San Francisco is, well...back, neck and wrist pain. And...Yes, they are usually all connected. The upper back (thoracic spine) and the lower back (lumbar spine) connect to the neck (cervical spine) to make up the spinal column. In reality it is one unit...24 vertebrae all interconnected.
Inside the spinal column is the spinal cord, which is an extension of the brain. Then, off of the spinal cord... branch the nerves. The nerves exit from in between the spinal bones and travel to all the body parts, controlling their function.
The nerves that exit from in between the neck bones, control the arm and hand. When there is a problem in the neck...say the bones are out of alignment...what chiropractors call a vertebral subluxation...it can cause pain in the shoulder, arm, or wrist.
In addition...if you have misaligned vertebrae in the neck, the vertebrae in the lower back (lumbar spine) will often times compensate, causing pain, dysfunction, and low back pain...even sciatica.
So yes... back, neck and hand pain is often times connected...which is why a chiropractor has to check the entire spine when someone presents with low back, neck, arm, or hand pain.
When we examine a patient at our San Francisco Back and Wrist Pain Center, we often find problems that have yet to manifest symptoms. A patient comes in for wrist pain, and we find a subluxation in the neck. Or a patient presents with sciatica, and we find a pinched nerve in the mid-back.