It’s a scary situation to wake up with sudden pain, numbness, or tingling in the shoulders, arms, or hands. It’s easy to think you slept wrong once or twice, but if the condition continues unabated it can become alarming, not to mention cumbersome to your morning routine.
If this sounds like what you’re experiencing on a routine, daily basis, you may be suffering from brachial neuritis. More than the usual “slept on it” pins and needles, this is a scary and relatively rare condition affecting the extremities. Thankfully, it’s not a permanently disabling one and through the help of trained medical professionals like those at Stability Health Center, you can manage the symptoms. Our Seattle, WA chiropractic clinic has experience in accurately diagnosing and treating this condition.
Breaking down brachial neuritis
Nerve roots extending down from the neck form a network around the shoulders, referred to as the brachial plexus. When these nerves are irritated or inflamed, the result is often a degree of brachial neuritis: an extremely painful condition affecting a localized area, often accompanied by numbness. This condition may also be referred to by several other names, including brachial plexopathy or brachial plexus neuropathy.
Brachial neuritis is usually tied to particular behaviors that put stress on the cervical spine, such as excessive phone use or being at a computer all day, every day. Symptoms associated with this condition include:
- Sudden onset of sharp or radiating pain down the shoulders to the hands;
- Pain experienced on one side of the body, specific to the area of stress;
- Severe pain experienced for days, becoming muscle weakness that improves over time;
- In particularly severe and rare cases, arm paralysis may result.
Combating symptoms before they get worse
Chiropractic is an excellent way to treat a variety of nervous system conditions, including brachial neuritis. Because of the spine’s link to the central nervous system, ensuring every vertebrae is properly aligned and unaffected by compression is crucial to maintaining health.
Just like with sciatica – another nerve condition with spinal roots – resolving brachial neuritis is possible through regular spinal alignment appointments. Disc herniation is commonly a cause of this condition and needs to be corrected. A chiropractor may also prescribe specific physical therapy exercises to ensure that key muscle groups are strengthened as realignment efforts are underway. The ultimate goal is to strengthen muscles in the brachial plexus region of the spine to prevent the condition from worsening or returning.
When untreated, brachial neuritis can have staggering consequences. Loss of mobility and range of motion are the most common, followed by minor to mild nerve damage. Loss of feeling in the arms or hands can occur if the condition exists long enough. Frozen shoulders are also common.
Improving long-term wellness outlooks
Addressing brachial neuritis is imperative for correcting the condition before it has time to create permanent problems. After just a few chiropractic treatments, brachial nerves can begin to experience relief that manifests in a lack of former pain, numbness, or tingling symptoms.
Chiropractic is a holistic, natural, cost-effective way to treat brachial neuritis. The expert team at Stability Health Center in Seattle, WA believes in long-term wellness in the face of immediate problems. It’s why we use Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) to help brachial neuritis patients alleviate their symptoms and deal with the catalysts causing them. If you suspect you’re a sufferer of this condition, contact us today to schedule a free consultation.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.