Shoulder pain can mean different things to different people. It can mean your shoulder and arm are numb or they feel weak. It can mean you feel tingling and that you're experiencing a loss of strength in them.
Though, while there are several things that can lead to a weak shoulder, knowing what type of pain you have can help determine what is causing your shoulder pain. Listed below are some of those things that may be causing your shoulder pain.
Shoulder Pain and Nerve Damage
While that shoulder pain can be due to damage to the shoulder itself, it can also be due to problems in the neck that cause nerve irritation. Those nerves extend from the lower part of the neck and extend through the arm down to the hand, so nerve damage in the neck can have an impact on the shoulder and arm. That means problem in the shoulder, arm, and hands may originate in the neck.
Though, in order to discover whether or not that pain in your arms, hands, or shoulders originated in your neck, you will need to entrust your care to an upper cervical chiropractor. They will examine upper neck vertebrae for any misalignments the may have resulted in nerve damage.
If they determine there is a postural misalignment, they will take a three dimensional X-ray, so as to get the best perspective possible of your spine. Then, they will determine the best way possible to realign your spine so as to remove that nerve damage.
Many times, patients will find relief from pain and improved nerve function after only the first adjustment. It doesn't always happen that way, but the more in alignment the neck comes with the body, the more the patient will find find healing.
Upper cervical chiropractors are able to accomplish this without your popping, cracking or twisting of the spine associated with general chiropractic and other manipulative treatment because of the precision with which they work.
There are many individuals that feel relief from pain and improved nerve function almost as soon as they are placed back into normal alignment. For others this relief may take longer. Once proper alignment has been reached the upper cervical chiropractor can show the individual some things that they can do to help stay in alignment.
When shoulder weakness or pain is involved even walking can be painful. Also when a shoulder is in pain simple things like eating and drinking can become miserable. In addition to these things when there is a shoulder problem every movement we make can cause the pain to increase and the injury to become worse.
Shoulder weakness and pain may also start to interfere with sleeping habits. Every movement while sleeping can be painful and cause trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. Not being properly rested through the day will cause problems of its own. Shoulder problems are really something that needs to be taken care of as soon as possible.
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Dr. Pete Tsiglieris of Advanced Spinal Care in Redwood City, California is an Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). His upper cervical clinic also serves San Mateo, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, San Carlos, and Sunnyvale. They are uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, neck pain, back pain and shoulder pain and weakness. More information can be found on our website at https://bayareanuccacare.com/