The sudden onset of shoulder and arm pain can be debilitating, particularly when there’s no obvious sign of an injury to be healed. One somewhat rare condition, brachial neuritis, causes spasms of pain down one arm, followed by numbness, tingling, and weakness. If not treated effectively early on, these symptoms have the potential to significantly impede on a patient’s life and may even worsen with time.
Through Ideal Spine’s expert-backed Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach, chiropractors may be able to provide their patients with relief and faster healing from this inflammatory condition. Patients suffering from shoulder and arm pain should speak to their chiropractor about potential at-home and in-office treatments that might improve their condition.
The symptoms of brachial neuritis
Also known as Parsonage-Turner Syndrome, brachial neuritis affects the brachial plexus, a group of nerves that run from the neck and upper back to the shoulders. The condition typically affects only one side of the body and occurs at random. It is not common in conjunction with an arm or shoulder injury.
In brachial neuritis, the nerves of the brachial plexus become inflamed. Inflammation may be triggered by an autoimmune response, often resulting from an infection, surgical procedure, vaccination or other internal stressor.
The inflammation of these nerves may lead to significant, piercing shoulder pain over the course of a few days, as well as long-term numbness and weakness in the shoulder and arm. Pain may be exacerbated with movement.
Typically, the pain that brachial neuritis causes goes away on its own within a few days. Unfortunately, the numbness, weakness, or tingling feelings in the shoulder or arm may persist for much longer. What’s more, these symptoms may worsen over time without treatment.
Untreated brachial neuritis may also lead to muscular atrophy of the arm. Pain and weakness may make it difficult for the patient to move their arm at all, leading to decreased strength. Since the symptoms of brachial neuritis could potentially last up to a year or more, patients must find ways to strengthen the arm in spite of their condition.
Chiropractic may provide relief
Treatment for brachial neuritis typically requires pain management until the majority of the pain subsides, after which physical therapy and movement exercises may be useful to improve mobility and strength. Chiropractic care may provide the tools patients need to prevent the worsening of their symptoms – potentially reducing pain, improving their mobility, and restoring strength to the arm over time.
Chiropractic manipulation may be useful in ensuring that no nerves near the brachial plexus have been compressed, in case a secondary problem is exacerbating the symptoms caused by an inflammatory response. Targeted trigger point release and massage may alleviate tension in the surrounding tissues of the arm and shoulder. These treatments may be particularly beneficial during the initial bout of shooting pain, as well as later, once muscular stiffness has set in from shoulder immobility.
Additionally, chiropractors can teach their patients effective pain management techniques for home use, including ice and heat therapy and stretching exercises. Through techniques from Ideal Spine to restore the proper alignment and flow of the spinal vertebrae, nerves, and surrounding tissues, the body may be able to heal faster and more effectively, leading to symptom reduction and the prevention of a worsened condition.
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