Shoulder & Wrist Injuries and Chiropractic
Specialty Treatments in Chiropractic Care
Many people seek out a chiropractor when dealing with back and neck pain, but chiropractors can actually assist in much more than that. Dr. Tom Waldorf is well-rounded and able to identify things that may be leading to discomfort in your joints such as your wrists, elbows, and shoulders.
Like your spine, your shoulders, elbows, and wrists are designed for flexibility and mobility. Because we use these joints so frequently, they can become out of alignment, stiff, or strained.
If you’re experiencing discomfort or pain in your shoulders, wrists, or elbows, come in for a consultation with Dr. Tom Waldorf, your top Reno chiropractor. He can determine what the cause factor is and help you find a natural solution.
What could be causing my wrist, shoulder, and/or elbow pain?
Because our bodies are wired so exquisitely, we may experience pain in some places because of problems on the total opposite side of the body. For example, shoulder and wrist pain could actually be the result of an offset in the neck. The neck and spine have communicating nerves that radiate into the arm. So if a neck injury has occurred, you may soon notice some discomfort in one or both of your arms.
Common symptoms include shoulder pain, arm pain, elbow and wrist pain.
If you’re feeling numbness in the arm, or pins and needles, this could be a result of a pinched nerve in the neck. Dr. Waldorf commonly sees people for this condition.
Many people underestimate the effects of a pinched nerve. It can lead to significant pain and even loss of function if left untreated. Trauma or repetitive stress in joints such as the shoulder, elbow and wrist can bring on pain, numbness, tingling or weakness, which can result in serious functional problems.
Common conditions treated by chiropractors
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome happens when the nerves in the wrist may be compressed by irritated ligaments or small bone misalignments that from a “tunnel” in the wrist.
Many people who suffer from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome have at least one thing in common: they do a lot of repetitive movements that involve their wrists. For example, musicians, teachers (writing), people with desk jobs that type on computers frequently, factory workers on assembly lines, just to name a few.
Many times, doctors will recommend surgery for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, but it’s not always necessary. Chiropractors offer a non-invasive and effective treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome. Our treatments have been shown to be effective in the management of carpal tunnel syndrome, and other similar repetitive stress or trauma injuries.
Rotator Cuff Injury and Shoulder Pain
The shoulder region is influenced by structures in the neck and mid-back and obviously the shoulder itself. Nerves from the neck travel through the bones in the spine into the arm to supply nerves, tissue, and bone.
One of the most common problems associated with shoulder pain is a torn rotator cuff. This happens when the rotator cuff muscle becomes damaged and tears. Keep in mind that just because you are experiencing pain in your rotator cuff does not mean that it is necessarily torn, it could just be sore from a strain or overuse.
Common symptoms include shoulder pain, decreased shoulder mobility, and numbness.
People who suffer from rotator cuff injuries have probably strained their shoulders and neck at some point. To give an example, a firefighter may be at risk for a torn rotator cuff because of the training process that involves putting heavy weight (oxygen tanks, fire hose, equipment, etc.) on their shoulders and back.
However, a rotator cuff is not exclusive to the heavy lifters and can happen to anyone. It’s often that shoulder problems are caused by neck problems. Dr. Waldorf will check your entire spine and shoulder before treating you.
Hand & Wrist Pain
Common complaints about hand and wrist pain include:
- carpal tunnel
- pins and needles in the hand
- joint stiffness
Some problems may have something to do with the misalignment of bones in the wrist that are pinching nerves. However, some of these symptoms could actually be the result of something going on in the spine, neck or shoulder.
Dr. Tom can help you get to the root of your problem and help you maintain your pain and heal injury naturally. As a leading Reno Chiropractor, Dr. Tom Waldorf is ready to –help you. Call us today at (775)204-1194.