That pain or numbness you’ve been feeling in your shoulder, arm or hand may not just be muscle fatigue. A group of nerves called the Brachial Plexus may be responsible for your arm, shoulder or hand problems. Here’s a closer look at the Brachial Plexus and how it affects your overall health.
The Brachial Plexus
The Brachial Plexus is a group of nerves on either side of your spine that supply the arm, shoulder, wrist, hand, and fingers. When bones in the neck and upper back are misaligned, they can put pressure on the brachial plexus, leading to a multitude of symptoms that can easily be confused as other health problems.
Symptoms of Brachial Plexus Injury
When there is pressure or damage to the nerves of the Brachial Plexus, there are several different symptoms that may be present. These are:
- Muscle Weakness
- Neck Pain or Stiffness
- Radiating Pain Down the Arm
- Pain in Arm, Wrist or Fingers
- “Pins and Needles” Feeling
- Strange Nerve Sensations Throughout the Upper Body
How Chiropractic Care Can Help with Brachial Plexus Related Symptoms
The chiropractic approach to shoulder, arm and hand problems is different than most of the medical world. Your chiropractor will address the misalignment in your spine to take pressure off of the nerves that may be contributing to your pain or symptoms. A serious nerve-damaging condition called Vertebral Subluxation Complex (VSC) may be causing your condition. Your chiropractor will use x-rays and a variety of methods to diagnose VSC and create a care plan to alleviate your symptoms as quickly as possible. Without proper care, VSC can lead to a variety of health conditions and chronic pain.
See Your Chiropractor at the First Sign of Shoulder, Arm or Hand Problems
If you’re experiencing pain, numbness or tingling in your shoulders, arms or hands, see your chiropractor right away. The sooner your chiropractor can correctly diagnose your problem and begin a care plan, the sooner you’ll find relief and be on your way to overall health.