Shoulder and arm pain
Your shoulders, arms, wrists and hands are a complex cluster of interrelating joints, imperative for you to perform complex movements.
Your shoulders are the most freely movable joints in the entire body, however, due to the high range of motion and mobility within the shoulder and arm complex, the region is left highly susceptible to injury and loss of function. Not to mention, the shoulder area is often forgotten about when training and strengthening.
As a result, you may experience a wide variety of symptoms. Symptoms, such as pain, reduced motion, pins and needles or shooting pains up and down the arms may be a result of trauma or repetitive stress to your shoulder, elbow or wrist. You may be surprised that the site of your symptoms where the problem actually is originating from may be in the lower part of the neck. It may also be the case that the pain you may be experiencing in the hand or wrist is actually coming from the elbow or shoulder.
Some typical complaints our chiropractors see in the practice are rotator cuff injuries, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome and a variety of other work and sport related injuries. Most of these are overuse injuries (repetitive strain) rather than traumatic.
On a more serious note, arm pain may be associated with an impending heart attack or episode. This is serious and must be acted upon immediately by calling 000. Other signs of a heart attack include:
- Chest discomfort or pain (angina). This can feel like uncomfortable pressure, aching, numbness, squeezing, fullness or pain in your chest. This discomfort can spread to your arms, neck, jaw or back. It can last for several minutes or come and go.
- Dizziness, light-headedness, feeling faint or feeling anxious
- Nausea, indigestion, vomiting
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing – with or without chest discomfort
- Sweating or a cold sweat.
In order to determine the root cause of your complaint, our chiropractors perform a thorough history, neurological and orthopaedic examination of your whole body. It’s important to note that the location of the pain is not necessarily where the problem lies.