Arm and Leg Pain

chiropractor near you may be able to help arm and leg pain

We are constantly using our arms and legs; therefore, they are prone to a wide range of possible injuries. Oftentimes people are completely unaware of what caused their pain, maybe you’re a weekend warrior who overused the joint/limb in an athletic competition, or an unfortunate participant in a car accident, a person lifting too much weight at work or home, or a grandmother who fell asleep holding their grandchild in one position all night. Typically, these situations cause almost an immediate pain or discomfort as a result of muscle, bone, or nervous system damage and irritation. Our chiropractic clinic can help.

However, many people have arm and leg pain that develops gradually over time and are unaware of what may have initially caused it. Joint dysfunctions, arthritis, bursitis, tendinitis, and frozen shoulder are the most common causes of pain.

It has also been shown that arm and leg pain is often caused by “referred pain,” where pain in one area moves to another part of the body. We frequently see patients who complain of arm and leg pain that is being referred from nerve irritation at the spine. If the spaces/discs where the nerves leave the spine are pushing against a nerve, the nerve can become irritated and often produces pain down its entire path. The pain patterns associated with sciatica are a good example of this mechanism.

The doctors at Morrison chiropractor are experts at differentiating between referred pain and actual arm and leg injuries.


What Is Causing My Leg/Arm Pain?

Due to the complexity of the joints and the vast number of possible causes, it is important that you see someone who is trained in these areas. Typically, your healthcare provider will use a combination of a physical and functional examination and advanced imaging if needed to get to the root cause of your problems. This is done by finding the location of the pain, aggravating or alleviating factors, type of pain sensation, and other symptoms such as swelling, skin changes, and bruising as other tools to assist in the diagnosis.


HOW CAN WE HELP?

At Morrison chiropractic we will take a thorough history and perform a comprehensive examination in order to discover the source of your condition. The treatment will vary depending on the condition.

If the referred pain into the leg or arm is caused by Joint dysfunction of the vertebrae in the neck or lower back the treatment will be very different then if it caused by shoulder tendonitis, hip arthritis or plantar fasciitis.

Through a careful pattern of treatment, patients at Morrison Chiropractic have experienced high levels of success through chiropractic treatment. If you or a loved one is experiencing arm or leg pain contact us at either of our Ellicott City or Clarksville locations today to schedule an appointment.


SOME COMMON LEG AND ARM INJURIES:

Hip/Knee With Arthritis

This is a common condition that affects your joints and causes pain, swelling, and stiffness. When it happens in your hips, knees, or ankles, it can be hard to walk or do other everyday activities. See your Chiropractor for a functional evaluation of your lower extremities. Chiropractic has been found to be very effective in the treatment of Osteo arthritis.

Electrolyte Imbalance

Electrolytes are minerals like sodium, potassium, and calcium that help your muscles work the way they should. You lose some through sweat when you exercise, and if you lose too much, your legs can cramp or feel weak or numb. It can happen when you get some medical treatments, like chemotherapy, too. Sports drinks with electrolytes -- or water along with foods that have those minerals -- can help. See your doctor if you cramp up often.

Spinal Stenosis

This condition happens when the spaces within the bones in your spine get narrow. That puts pressure on the nerves in the area and can cause pain, tingling, numbness, or weakness in your legs. You also might have trouble with balance. See your Chiropractor for a functional evaluation of your lower extremities. Chiropractic has been found to be very effective in the treatment of spinal stenosis.

Herniated disc/Sciatica

This is leg pain that comes from a pinched nerve in your lower spine. It can range from a bad cramp to a strong shooting pain that makes it hard to stand or even sit. You might feel it because of a slipped or herniated disk, a slipped vertebra, a spasm of your butt muscles, or spinal stenosis. See your Chiropractor for a functional evaluation of your lower extremities. Chiropractic has been found to be very effective in the treatment of sciatica.

Pulled Muscle

This is when a muscle gets stretched too far. It happens a lot to people who play sports. The pain is intense and starts right away, and the area is tender to the touch. The best treatment is to ice it with cold packs for 20 minutes at a time, several times a day. Outside of that, wrap the area lightly, keep it raised if you can, and rest it. See your Chiropractor for a functional evaluation of your lower extremities. Chiropractic has been found to be very effective in the treatment of pulled muscles.

Sprained Ankle

This injury happens when the tissue that connects a bone to a bone, called a ligament, is stretched or torn. Ankle sprains are common. The injured area swells and hurts, and you can’t put weight on it. The best way to treat it is the R.I.C.E. method -- rest, ice (about 20 minutes a few times a day), compression (wrap it in a bandage), and elevation (prop it up). See your Chiropractor so he can evaluate the need for an X-ray to check for broken bones. Chiropractic care is very effective in managing sprains.

Muscle Cramp

This is when a muscle, usually in your calf, suddenly gets tight. It can bring on a sharp pain, and you may feel a hard lump of muscle under your skin. Cramps tend to happen more as you age, and you’re also likely to have them if you’re out in hot weather and don’t drink enough water. Cramps usually go away on their own and aren’t typically a sign of any health issue but talk with your Chiropractor if you have them often.

Shin Splints

These happen when the muscles and tissues around your shinbone get inflamed, making the inner edge of the bone hurt. They’re common among people who run a lot. Flat feet, rigid arches, or the wrong shoes can lead to them, too. See your Chiropractor for a functional evaluation of your lower extremities. Chiropractic has been found to be very effective in the treatment of shin splints.

Stress Fracture

If pain that feels like shin splints doesn’t get better, you may have a small crack in your shinbone. It happens when the muscles around the bone are overused and don’t cushion the impact of movement the way they should. Rest is the best treatment for a stress fracture, but it can take about 6 to 8 weeks to heal. Make sure it’s healed completely before you start exercising again so you don't make the bone injury worse. And See your Chiropractor for a functional evaluation of your lower extremities. Chiropractic has been found to be very effective in managing stress fractures.

Achilles tendinitis

Tendons are the flexible cords that connect muscles to bones. It can hurt a lot if they get inflamed, especially when you move that joint. This is called tendinitis, and it’s a wear-and-tear injury that can affect your hip, knee, or ankle.  See your Chiropractor for a functional evaluation of your lower extremities. Chiropractic has been found to be very effective in managing Achilles tendinitis.

Varicose veins in leg

When veins have to work extra hard to get blood back to your heart, they bulge and look twisted, blue, or dark purple. They can make your legs feel heavy, burn, throb, or cramp. You’re more likely to have them as you age, or if you’re overweight, pregnant, or stand or sit for long stretches. Losing weight, exercising, or wearing compression stockings may help. If they don’t, talk with your doctor about other treatment options.

(Plantar Fasciitis) Most Common Cause of Heel Pain

Do your feet hurt when you take those first steps in the morning? Does the sharp pain come back after you sit or stand for a while? You could have plantar fasciitis -- and if so, it’s a good idea to treat it ASAP. If you ignore it, it can change the way you walk and lead to knee, hip, and back problems.

Painful Signs - A tough band of tissue, called your plantar fascia, connects your heel bone to your toes. Plantar fasciitis is when this tissue is irritated. A stabbing pain at the bottom of your foot near your heel is the most obvious symptom, but that pain could start off dull and get worse over time. It may hurt to stretch your foot or press on your arch. You’ll also probably ache more after a workout. And See your Chiropractor for a functional evaluation of your lower extremities. See your Chiropractor for a functional evaluation of your lower extremities. Chiropractic has been found to be very effective in managing Plantar fasciitis

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Nine tendons and a nerve (called the median nerve) pass through a tube called the carpal tunnel that goes from your forearm to your palm. Repeated movements, like texting, typing, or video gaming, can inflame the tube and push on the nerve. This could cause pain, especially in your forearm. You might also notice numbness, tingling, and a weaker grip. See your Chiropractor for a functional evaluation. Chiropractic has been found to be very effective in managing carpal tunnel.

Tendinitis

Making a motion over and over again, like when you turn a screwdriver, pull weeds, or swing a hammer, can create tiny tears in the tendons that join your muscles to the bones in your arms. Your arm might feel weak and hurt or burn, especially when you use it. Half of the people who play racquet sports (tennis, squash, racquetball) will get a form of tendinitis called tennis elbow at some point because of the constant swinging. Tendinitis is also very common in the shoulder. See your Chiropractor for a functional evaluation. Chiropractic has been found to be very effective in managing tendinitis.

Sprain

A fall or a hit can tear a ligament, the tissue that connects the bones within a joint. This might happen at your wrist, elbow, or shoulder. It may be swollen, bruised, and hard to use. Treat it with RICE for the first 2 days:

  • Rest: Lie down.
  • Ice: Use cold packs 20 minutes at a time.
  • Compression: Wrap a bandage around the area for support.
  • Elevation: Raise the hurt area (above your nose if possible).

See your Chiropractor for a functional evaluation of your arm. Chiropractic has been found to be very effective in the treatment of sprains.

Strain

You might fall and pull or tear muscles or tendons in your arm. It typically happens when you overextend a joint, like your elbow, wrist, or shoulder. Treat it with RICE For the first 48 hours.

See your Chiropractor for a functional evaluation. Chiropractic has been found to be very effective in managing strains.

Dislocation

A sudden hit or fall can separate two bones at the joint, often around your wrist or shoulder. The shape of the area might look strange and become swollen, numb, and painful. Sometimes it damages tendons, ligaments, or nerves. Your doctor may push the bones to put them back in place. After that, rest, ice, and chiropractic care will help you heal. See your Chiropractor for a functional evaluation of the injury. Chiropractic has been found to be very effective in the treatment of dislocations.

Shoulder Bursitis

Small fluid-filled sacs called bursa cushion your joints and smooth the friction between muscle and bone. You can irritate them, often if you make the same motion over and over, like lifting boxes or throwing a baseball. Once inflamed, the pain is enough to interfere with simple things like dressing or combing your hair. The shoulder is the most common spot, but it might happen in your elbow, wrist, or anywhere else bones meet. See your Chiropractor for a functional evaluation of your upper extremity. Chiropractic has been found to be very effective in managing Bursitis.

Shoulder Impingement

The rotator cuff muscle sits between two bones: the shoulder blade and upper arm. Injury or overuse, especially in sports, can inflame it. Then, when you lift your arm, the shoulder blade pushes, or impinges, on the muscles, tendons, and bursa around it. This often causes pain and tenderness, especially in the front of your shoulder. Restoring normal function is very important. See your Chiropractor for a functional evaluation of your shoulder. Chiropractic has been found to be very effective in managing impingement injuries.

Herniated Disk

Jelly-filled cushions, or disks, separate the small bones (the vertebrae) of your spine. A disk herniates when jelly leaks out through a tear. This substance can push on nerves and causes pain, numbness, or weakness. It’s typically a neck disk if you feel it in your shoulder or arm. Pain may shoot into your arm or leg when you sneeze, cough, or move a certain way. See your Chiropractor for a full examination. Chiropractic has been found to be very effective in managing herniated disks.