DO YOU HAVE ARM AND LEG PAIN?
The shoulder and hip joints are among the most heavily utilized in our bodies, making them susceptible to a variety of injuries. Sometimes the cause of the pain is evident: perhaps it’s an athlete who overstressed a joint during a game, a car accident victim, someone who lifted too much weight either at work or home, or even a grandparent who stayed in one position too long while holding their grandchild. These scenarios usually result in immediate discomfort due to damage or irritation to the muscles, bones, or nervous system. Our chiropractic clinic is equipped to assist you.
Conversely, many people in Jacksonville, FL experience arm and leg pain that evolves slowly, and they may not be aware of the initial cause. Common sources of such pain include vertebral subluxations, arthritis, bursitis, tendinitis, and frozen shoulder.
The phenomenon of “referred pain” is also a frequent culprit, where pain in one region radiates to another part of the body. The arm pain often felt during a heart attack is a well-known example of this. A less familiar instance could be the discomfort an inflamed gallbladder can cause under the right shoulder blade.
We regularly treat patients who have arm and leg pain originating from nerve irritation in the spine. When the pathways through which nerves exit the spine are constricted—often due to misaligned vertebrae or discs—this can irritate the nerve and lead to pain radiating along its length. Sciatica-related pain patterns serve as a notable example of this mechanism.
WHAT CAUSES MY LEG PAIN?
Owing to the intricate nature of joints and the multitude of potential issues, it’s crucial to consult with a healthcare provider well-versed in these matters. Usually, a comprehensive diagnosis involves both a physical examination and advanced imaging techniques to pinpoint the root cause of your discomfort. This diagnostic process takes into account various factors like the exact site of pain, what exacerbates or relieves it, the specific nature of the pain, and additional symptoms like swelling, changes in skin color, and bruising.
HOW DOES CHIROPRACTIC HELP?
Starting with the most prevalent and usual sources of pain and symptoms is generally the best initial approach to any condition. In the majority of cases, misalignment of the vertebrae in the neck and lower back is the main culprit behind arm and leg pain. When bones or discs are out of their proper position, the resulting friction can irritate adjacent tissues and nerves.
Many patients are often taken aback when they realize how far-reaching their nervous system is, extending from the spinal column to the very tips of their fingers and toes. Consequently, issues in the spinal vertebrae can manifest as pain along the length of the arms and legs. Through a targeted course of chiropractic care, patients at Meridian Integrative Wellness have seen significant improvements. If you or someone you know is dealing with arm or leg pain, don’t hesitate to contact us at our Jacksonville or Orange Park locations to book an appointment.