PAIN In Your Shoulders?
I’m not sure when the last time you had any pain, but if you check it out, pain is a BIG problem in the United States. The National Institutes of Health state that, "Pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined."
According to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, there are an estimated 100 million Americans suffering from chronic pain. There are probably more suffering from acute pain but for right now, let’s concentrate on this chronic pain.
In addition to back pain and headaches, musculoskeletal and arthritis pain seem to top the list.
While those conditions I just mentioned are common, they are not the norm—and luckily, our type of chiropractic and specialized pain care can help. So I want to focus on one of these pains today and that pain I’m going to focus on has to do with your shoulders. Let’s talk about something called:
The Brachial Plexus and Brachial Plexopathy
Just the words sound bad, but we’ll get into that in just a minute. Shoulder, arm and hand pain are common, and many issues with these areas can be linked to a group of nerves, called the brachial plexus. If you can’t pronounce that, don’t worry. We’ll discuss it if we need to.
Now these nerves run from your lower neck through the upper part of your shoulder area, and help your shoulder, arm and hand to move and feel. You take it for granted, but once you start to have pain, you’ll find out how important this action is to your daily living.
Any nerve damage to your nerves, called the brachial plexus can cause you to have pain, loss of mobility and potentially a loss of sensation to these areas. If that happens this is known as brachial plexopathy. Another big word but don’t worry. If you have shoulder pain we’ll find out the source of your pain.
This damage I’m discussing here can be a result of a direct injury, maybe a stretching injury, possibly a birth trauma or maybe even some other issues such as an inflammatory condition. Let me give you the symptoms of Brachial Plexopathy.
If you have shoulder, arm and hand problems, or even the brachial plexopathy I just mentioned, this may cause you some symptoms like:
- Numbness in shoulder, arm and/or hand
- Shoulder pain
- Tingling, burning or abnormal sensations
- Weakness of the shoulder, arm, wrist and/or hand
If you have any kind of symptoms related to your neck or shoulder, don’t wait. Call my office today! We’ll find out what’s causing your pain, and help you get on the road to recovery.