The most important first step in diagnosing your problem is to rule out any heart issues that could potentially be manifesting as arm pain. Once any type of medical emergency is ruled out, it is then time to figure out what the true source of pain is. Pinched or irritated nerves in the neck as they exit your cervical spine can lead to radiating pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness into your shoulder and/or arm. There are specific patterns of sensation, reflex, and muscle control that each individual nerve follows as it travels out of your neck and down your arm. By understanding these patterns and tracing them to their source, we can decide the appropriate treatment for that specific nerve root impingement. Reasons for the “pinched nerve” can range from tight muscles and poor posture to injury from whiplash or a disc herniation in the neck.
Neck problems will contribute to elbow and wrist problems as well. This is especially true in many cases of carpel tunnel syndrome. Chiropractic has been shown to be an effective treatment for shoulder, arm and wrist pain as well as carpel tunnel syndrome.