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Shoulder, Arm and Hand Pain,
Tingling and Numbness
Published in the Times Standard
I often have patients with unexplained pain say, “I guess I’m just getting old, Doc.” While the aging process does take its toll from past abuses, “old age” isn’t always the problem. After all, other joints and organs on the same hurting body work just fine and have no pain.
In the shoulder/arm/hand situations, it can often be related to irritation to the spinal nerves exiting in the spine, the “pinched nerve” syndrome. These nerves from the neck and upper back form the brachial plexus. This plexus is a group of nerves that innervate or feed the shoulder/arms/hands. Injury to the brachial plexus results in a myriad of symptoms. There may be muscle weakness, neck or upper back pain or stiffness that “radiates” to the shoulder, arm hand or wrist. Sometimes there is only numbness in the hand or tingling like pins and needles in the fingers. It may only happen in bed in the mornings or while driving the car. Certain postural positions worsen the symptoms while other positions offer relief. There may be other accompanying problems
because of the complex interrelationship of the nerves. Headaches, face pain, dizziness, painful and stiff head motions, throat and ear problems and even lower back pains have all been reported to be caused by brachial plexus nerve irritation.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a very common repetitive motion injury that is often misdiagnosed for a wrist/hand problem but is more involved with the brachial plexus nerves. Weak and faulty enervation to the wrist and hand by spinal joint lesions is one of the main factors for wrist swelling, carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow. Other factors may be lesions in the shoulder, elbow, wrist or hand from old injury or misaligned
As a Chiropractor my job is to locate the source of the nerve irritation and apply the appropriate method to relieve the nerve pressure. This restores the nerve flow and reduces the symptoms, often times immediately. With my 24 years of experience I have incorporated various treatment methods that I have found most effective in the least amount of time. The treatment, coupled with appropriate nutritional support offers measurable results through muscle testing (kinesiology) and pain relief.
If any of these previously mentioned symptoms sound familiar, please call my office for a free analysis and consultation. You may be suffering needlessly and could get help through chiropractic “naturally”.
Michael H. Crosbie, D.C.
1828 Main Street
Fortuna, CA 95540