Neuritis, bursitis, neuralgia, rheumatism, frozen shoulder, fibrositis, sprain and strains are common terms that refer to neck, shoulder and arm conditions. The main controller behind your shoulders, arms and hands is the brain. The brain communicates to the rest of your body through billions of nerves that make up your nervous system. Some nerves go straight to their destination point, but others mix with other nerves to form complicated nerve networks called a ‘plexus.’ The brachial plexus is made up of nerves that come out of the middle and upper back that supply information to the shoulders, arm, elbows, wrists, hands and fingers.
The nerves that make up the brachial plexus may become irritated as they leave the spinal column. This can occur when the spinal bones in the neck and upper back are misaligned and damage the very nerves they are supposed to protect. Any injury or trauma can cause the bones to become misaligned. Things as serious as an accident or fall to something as simple as sleeping in an awkward position can create the vertebrae to become misaligned.
Symptoms from damage to the brachial plexus can differ depending on location of the trauma.
Common symptoms to the shoulder, arm, wrist or hand are:
- Muscle weakness
- Muscle numbness
- Neck pain
- Neck stiffness
In addition, it is not uncommon to experience headaches, facial pain, dizziness, thyroid or nasal problems as a result of brachial plexus nerve irritation.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome symptoms include tingling and numbness in the hand, fingers wrist, shoulder, elbow and neck. The pain is described as incredibly intense and has been reported to awaken sufferers at night. This pain is often caused by the swelling in the wrist.
There continues to be an increase in CTS sufferers seeking help from chiropractors. The Chiropractic Approach analyzes the body’s structure to locate and correct the nerve-damaging structural condition known as subluxations. This will eliminate the pain and correct the underlying structural problem that is referring pain to the arm, wrist, and hand problems. For more information, check out our blog article on carpal tunnel syndrome.