A large percentage of arm and shoulder pain has its origin in the neck where the nerves originate that supply the shoulder and arm.
These cervical or neck branches of nerves which supply the shoulder and arm can become pinched or irritated due to subluxated or misaligned vertebrae in the neck. When this occurs, there may be little or no pain in the neck, but the swollen nerves are easily irritated upon movement of the shoulder. The swollen or inflamed nerves can also be irritated while sleeping when the weight of the upper body is being supported by the shoulder. The swollen or inflamed nerves can also be irritated while sleeping when the weight of the upper body is being supported by the shoulder.
If the shoulder joint is normal and healthy, we should be able to make a complete circle at the shoulder with our arm. When this and other movements are restricted, we may not only experience pain but also may be unable to do like’s everyday simple tasks.
The first hint of any potential shoulder and arm problems may be stiffness and/or pain in the neck, followed by pain in the shoulder and arm when doing something as common as putting on a shirt/blouse or shampooing our hair. Prolonged holding of the neck in a bent or unusual position can also aggravate spinal nerve pressure on the nerves in the neck, down the arms and into the hands. This irritation can make it impossible to grip things or perform some of the simplest tasks. Drugs or massage may give temporary relief, but it’s necessary to adjust the spine to remove the cause of the nerve pressure or irritation.
As Doctors of Chiropractic, we are trained to gently realign the spine to safely treat symptoms of pain, numbness or tingling. Removing the pressure as soon as possible decreases the chance of permanent nerve damage.
Prolonged spinal nerve pressure in the neck can lead to bursitis, arthritis, and weakness in the muscles and even partial paralysis. Don’t be fooled by the degree of discomfort! Slight numbness, stiffness or pain can sometimes accompany a more serious problem, while intense pain may be no more than a muscle spasm from overdoing it last weekend. If spinal nerve pressure is the main cause of the problem, spinal adjustments will bring quick relief and will remove the underlying cause.
So, if you or someone you work with or a family member has been experiencing arm and shoulder pain, suggest they call us. Relief may only be a phone call away!