ARM & LEG PAIN

What Is Arm & Leg Pain
Arm and leg pain is characterized by pain in the upper and lower extremities. Pain can range from mild to severe and can be chronic or long-lasting. If you’ve received an injury to your arms or legs recently, you will know where the pain is originating from and seek treatment, but this is not always the cause. Pain can appear to be random or have no apparent origin. If this is the case, it is advised to seek medical treatment to determine or treat the underlying cause of pain. Leg pain can be associated with your lower back while arm pain primarily originates from problems with the cervical area of your spine.

What Causes Arm & Leg Pain
Arm or leg pain can be caused by blood vessel disorders, damage to the central or peripheral nervous system or pain that manifests in a person’s muscles and the connective tissue surrounding it. One of the primary causes of arm and leg pain involve neuropathy or nerve pain. Over four million people in the United States suffer from neuropathic pain. Other arms and leg pain conditions include syringomyelia and fibromyalgia.

When You Should Seek Treatment
If your arm & leg pain is interfering with your daily activities, it’s time to talk to your doctor or see a chiropractor. If your pain is accompanied by symptoms such as numbness, weakness, or a tingling sensation, this indicates an issue involving your spine. If you experience pain that shoots up your arm, your spine is the source of your discomfort. Other symptoms of neuropathy include severe, sharp or deep and burning pain. If your pain has been persistent for more than six weeks, seek medical treatment.

Why You Should Seek Treatment
Chronic pain can result in depression and have devastating effects on your overall quality of life. Some people think they can just “tough through it.” While neuropathy on its own is a disease and may not have any underlying causes, a more serious condition may be behind your pain. Syringomyelia can cause nerve pain and if left untreated, can lead to the destruction of the spinal cord.

Treatment
Obtaining chiropractic care can help ease or eliminate your arm and leg pain. For conditions like fibromyalgia, chiropractors can manipulate the head and neck to relieve some of the discomfort.

If the pain is caused by a condition such as a pinched nerve, chiropractors can focus on removing the tension or compression leading to pain. Chiropractors can also realign the bones of the spine to ensure the spinal root remains in good health.

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