When looking at the Chiropractor in Huntington Beach, the first image that may come to mind is that of a white-clad gentleman, wielding a hefty staff and looking very imposing. This is definitely not the case! A chiropractor is actually a healthcare practitioner who specializes in treating ailments of the spine and the muscles surrounding it. Their job is to seek out the underlying cause of the problem, rather than providing a brief remedy (such as a band-aid) to treat the symptoms.
Chiropractic treatment and arm pain will often cover a number of conditions that commonly occur by a chiropractor which relate to the soft structures of the arm, particularly the muscles and joints. Arthritis is usually a result of overuse, using the joints too frequently, being overweight or obese, or just having a bad diet. Osteoarthritic pain is wear and tear which is the normal response of the body to too much use, being unable to cope. Sometimes there is also nerve damage that can be caused by an accident. Some chiropractors also specialize in treating children and babies for milder issues such as arm pain and headaches. Some chiropractors are even trained to handle sports injuries.
A further common problem which chiropractors can help with is a form of muscular injury called bursitis. Bursitis occurs when the muscles surrounding a joint become inflamed and this can be due to anything from an accidental injury to a build-up of body fat. Common symptoms include a dull ache or stiffness near the area of injury, a feeling of fatigue along with pain whilst trying to lift something. Other symptoms can be of inflammation and swelling of the bursa, a loss of movement in the joint(s), and a loss of flexibility.
Chiropractors are trained to deal with all sorts of conditions but one which they are particularly adept at treating is tennis elbow. Tennis elbow is a very common condition amongst active people and can be caused by constant overuse of the muscles in front of the elbow. The pain can be felt on the outside of the elbow and is often accompanied by redness, warmth and swelling. Other symptoms can include a constant overuse of the forearm muscles, weak grip strength and a loss of flexibility in the elbow region. A chiropractor will assess your condition and do a series of tests in order to determine if you have tennis elbow. If you do they will then recommend a course of physical therapy and rest which should provide some alleviation of your symptoms.
Neck and shoulder pain is also commonly suffered by many people. It can be caused by either a misalignment of the spine, a herniated disc or in some cases a combination of these problems. A common symptom of neck and shoulder pain is a pain/stiffness around the neck which can become very persistent. This stiffness and pain can also occur in the shoulders, hands and arms and often times in the lower back area. Some people may even experience lower back aches and pains when they bend over. Other ways that a chiropractor can identify problems in the shoulder and neck areas is by using tests such as x-rays and tests of muscle function.
Another popular condition treated by chiropractors is carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by excessive stress on the median nerve which passes through the carpal tunnel in the wrist. This stress is most commonly caused by repetitive movements such as typing on a computer or playing racquetball. The chiropractor will usually begin by doing a complete evaluation of your entire health including your lifestyle, diet, physical activity levels etc. Once they determine the possible causes of your carpal tunnel syndrome they will then teach you how to strengthen your muscles in order to reduce the stress placed on this nerve.
Another common problem that chiropractors commonly see involves an injured or worn rotator cuff. The rotator cuff is made up of four muscles which include the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor and the subscapularis. If you are seeing a decrease in mobility, arm pain and arm discomfort that is not associated with any other problems such as arthritis, then it is likely that your rotator cuff is suffering from some form of wear and tear.
Another condition that many chiropractors will work on includes migraine headaches and ear pain. Migraines are very common in older adults and can be caused by many different factors. In some cases the headache is triggered by a certain food or drink that is known to aggravate the migraine. In other cases, the headache can be caused by stress. Often times, by targeting the cause of the problem and then doing specific chiropractic treatment movements, migraines can be completely eliminated. This is a common treatment for a number of different illnesses and diseases.