Pain and tingling in the leg or arm are common reasons for people to come into our office, Stover Chiropractic, P.C. There are four common problems which cause tingling and pain that chiropractic helps to heal. They are Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Neuropathy, and disc problems (bulges and herniations). As anyone with these problems will tell you, they can get to be miserable. Especially if one has been dealing with the symptoms for a while. Most of the time it gets to the point that sleep is interrupted, arms or legs get weak, and it gets hard to live a full life.
At first glance these seem like very different problems. But they may not be as different as they seem. First let’s look at each one a little closer.
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) – It is common to be told you have TOS if you get numbness, tingling, and weakness in your hands and forearm, particularly when you raise your hands, especially over your head. The nerves of the brachial plexus become irritated up near the neck as the go down to the shoulder and arm.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) – You may be diagnosed if you have one or more of the following: tingling and numbness in the hand, fingers and wrist, swelling in the fingers, dry palms, blanching or whitening on pressure to the hand, or pain in the hand so bad it wakens you at night. It is important that the symptoms are primarily in the thumb, forefinger, middle finger and palm. The problem is the median nerve becomes irritated while going through a tunnel between carpal bones, found in the wrist.
Neuropathy – According to webMD.com neuropathy is defined as: “the conditions that result when nerves that connect to the brain and spinal cord from the rest of the body are damaged or diseased.” This definition is helpful because it makes the point that the nerves are damaged or diseased in some way. In a very real way, all of these symptoms (CTS, TOS, and nerve irritation from discs, are neuropathys). If the damage is caused by mechanical irritation from subluxations or mechanical tension put on the nerves from structural abnormalities, there is usually something to be done to correct the cause of the symptoms.
Disc Bulge/herniation – Discs can become injured or worn out over time due to the presence of subluxations which distort your structural system. The pain, tingling, numbness, and weakness that may be caused by a disc problem can often cause trouble sitting, standing, walking, and lifting. Urinating, defecating, sneezing, and coughing may also become uncomfortable to unbearable. These symptoms start when the disc starts to irritate nerves that emerge from the spinal chord.
What is the common denominator?
The challenge is to find out why the nerves are irritated. Why did the disc wear out in the first place? Why does the neck irritate the brachial plexus? Why is the median nerve under pressure in the wrist? Why is the nerve damaged or diseased with peripheral neuropathy? If the nerve damage is due to a subluxation we have reason to believe chiropractic care can help.
A chiropractor will be able to thoroughly examine your spine for misalignments that may be causing nerve interference, which could be the source of your problems. Highly specialized equipment and x-rays will help to find the location of your problem.
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