Arm and Leg Pain
Our shoulder and hip joints are two of our most frequently used joints and are prone to a wide range of possible injuries. Oftentimes people are completely unaware of what caused their pain, maybe it is a weekend warrior who overused the joint in an athletic competition, an unfortunate participant in a car accident, a person lifting too much weight at work or home, or a grandmother who fell asleep holding their grandchild in one position all night. Typically, these situations cause almost immediate pain or discomfort as a result of muscle, bone, or nervous system damage and irritation. Our chiropractic clinic can help.
However, many people have arm and leg pain that develops gradually over time, and are unaware of what may have initially caused it. Vertebral subluxations, arthritis, bursitis, tendinitis, and frozen shoulder are the most common causes of pain.
Understanding Arm and Leg Pain
Do you have:
- Shooting pain down one or both arms or legs
- Pain that changes with the change of body position
- Joint or limb feels ‘weak’ with activity
- Numbness or tingling in the hand or foot
Pain in the arm or leg is a warning signal and should not be ignored. While most people reach for over-the-counter pain medications to get rid of the pain, at Chiropractic Balance in Porirua and Wellington we ask ‘What is the cause of your arm or leg pain?’
Sometimes the cause of arm or leg pain is an imbalance of the knee, ankle, elbow, or wrist. But frequently it is caused by an imbalance of part of the spine (subluxation) that supplies nerves to that limb. Often arm pain is related to the neck, and leg pain is related to the lower back. Solely focusing on the limb in isolation may not solve the underlying problem(1)(2). In fact, a recent study showed that 60% of people with back pain also have associated lower limb pain(1).
Can Chiropractic Care Help?
The good news helps is at hand: At Chiropractic Balance specialize in looking at your body as a whole. We examine the area of your pain as well as the rest of your body.
We want to get you out of pain and keep you like that so you can do the things you enjoy.
If you have arm or leg pain, at your first visit we will review your history and do a thorough examination to see if an imbalance is causing your pain. If we can help, we will begin working on correcting it. But we don’t stop there, we also look at your lifestyle for what might have caused the problem in the first place. We help you focus on making supportive changes that can include exercise, nutrition, posture advice, and wellbeing.
(1)Fernandez, M., Moore, C., Peng, W. et al. The profile of chiropractors managing patients with low back-related leg pain: analyses of 1907 chiropractors from the ACORN practice-based research network. Chiropr Man Therap 27, 19 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12998-019-0239-x
(2)Christensen, K. D., & Buswell, K. (2008). Chiropractic outcomes managing radiculopathy in a hospital setting: a retrospective review of 162 patients. Journal of chiropractic medicine, 7(3), 115–125. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcm.2008.05.001