Holistic Treatments: Arm Pain & Numbness
Arm pain or numbness can be a result of either compressed blood flow or nerve pressure somewhere between the hand and the neck. When a nerve connecting to the arm gets pinched, it can cause severe shooting pain that radiates through and down the arm, mostly on the top or the bottom. Such a pain would usually be experienced in one arm, but in certain cases it could be in both.
Nerve pressure could lead to severe pain in the arm or it could cause numbness or a tingling sensation in the arm or hand. A change in arm position may result in alleviating the pain. For example, raising the arm above the head may result in pain relief.
Patients with arm pain or numbness are sometimes misdiagnosed for carpal tunnel syndrome, whereas the problem may be originating due to a pinched or irritated nerve. By running the proper set of tests, one can identify the exact origination of the problem, which is essential for the treatment.
Following are some of the most common causes of nerve pinching or blood flow compromise that results in arm pain or numbness:
Most cases of arm pain and numbness due to pinching or irritation of nerves or blood vessels can be treated with chiropractic care. The treatment may involve chiropractic adjustments, muscle stimulation, cervical traction, ultrasound, stretching and strengthening exercises, and heat and ice therapy. The benefits of chiropractic care are that it gives fast relief from pain and reduces risk of developing chronic symptoms. Also, the chiropractic treatment is non-invasive and doesn’t involve medications, which may have side effects.