TESTIMONIALS

 

My medical doctor told me the numbness in my hand was carpal tunnel syndrome and that I needed to have surgery. I wanted another opinion before I chose surgery so I contacted Dr. Thiry’s office. After a thorough evaluation he determined it was only tendonitis in my wrist. I did a couple weeks of treatment and have had no problems since, WITHOUT surgery.

--Richard A.

 

I was getting numbness in my hands while working on the computer. Dr. Rob evaluated my work area, made some changes to it, and gave me stretches to do. Numbness gone and doing great!

--Liz L.

 

I found out the numbness in my right leg was due to a pinched nerve. Dr. Thiry’s treatment was gentle and worked to get me back to normal.

--Ed.B.

 

My right shoulder range of motion has been restricted for the past 15 years, and has caused neck and mid back pain. After 2 visits with Dr. Thiry using his Graston soft tissue technique, my neck and back are feeling better and my shoulder range of motion is normal for the first time in 15 yrs.

-- B.B

Personal Care Chiropractic Clinic: Arm Pain or Numbness and Tingling

Arm pain or numbness/tingling is usually the result of either nerve pressure or compromised blood flow somewhere between the neck and the hand. When a nerve to the arm is pinched it will usually lead to shooting pain that travels down the arm usually on the top or bottom. Usually the pain only affects one arm but may occur in both. Nerve pressure may also result in a painful ache in part of the arm or sensations numbness and tingling. When blood flow to the arm is compromised the result is usually numbness or tingling in the entire arm or hand. Often the symptoms may be alleviated by a change in arm position, such as raising the arm over the head. The most common causes of nerve pressure or blood flow compromise to the arm include:

1. Bulging or herniated disc in the neck

2. Foramina encroachment (narrowing of the holes where the nerves exit the spine)

3. Peripheral entrapment (pressure on the nerve or blood vessels away from the spine)

Arm pain, numbness or tingling can be very serious and should not be left untreated. Delay of care may result in permanent damage. Dr. Thiry has extensive knowledge in the diagnosis and treatment of arm pain and numbness/tingling.

 

1. BULGING/HERNIATED DISC- is a condition where the soft inner portion of a disc bulges out the side or rear of the disc. A disc is the soft tissue that acts as a shock absorber and spacer between the vertebrae in the spine. When the disc becomes damaged or weak the soft center can push to the outer edges of the disc creating a bulge. In the more severe cases the disc may rupture allowing a small pieces of disc that break free. The most common cause of disc herniation is of trauma to the neck, but may also occur in a spine with degenerative arthritis and weakened discs.

Symptoms- Include neck pain, neck stiffness, restricted neck movement, pain into the shoulder, pain into the arm, pain into the hand, numbness/tingling in the arm or hand, weakness in the arm or hand. These symptoms may be constant, or may be present with certain neck or arm positions. Often the pain, weakness, or numbness/tingling are located in specific sections of the arm or hand.

Treatment- Dr. Thiry uses an extensive spinal and neurologic examination to determine the location of the damaged In some case x-rays and MRI may be needed to further evaluate the extent of damage. If it is determined the disc and associated symptoms may be helped with chiropractic treatment, Dr. Thiry will use his years of experience to determine the proper course of care. This treatment may include chiropractic adjustments, cervical traction, muscle stimulation, ultrasound, heat or ice therapy, as well as stretching and strengthening exercises. In some cases the patient may need to be referred to another health care professional for additional care.

The Benefits of having the proper care is faster pain relief, expedited reduction of other symptoms and a reduced risk of having chronic symptoms lasting a lifetime.

 

2. FORMINAL ENCROCHMENT- is a condition where the holes on the sides of the spine become narrow or smaller and put pressure on the nerves which pass through them. The nerve pressure may occur with certain head positions or movements as well as direct pressure down on top of the head. The most common cause of foramina encroachment is spinal degenerative changes which often lead to loss of disc height as well as bone spurs that form into the foramen. Both result in narrowing of the hole and potential nerve pressure.

Symptoms- Include neck pain, neck stiffness, restricted neck movement, pain into the shoulder, pain into the arm, pain into the hand, numbness/tingling in the arm or hand and weakness in the arm or hand. These symptoms may be constant, or the may be present with certain neck or arm positions. Often the pain, weakness, or numbness/tingling are located in specific sections of the arm or hand, but rarely consume the whole arm or hand at once.

Treatment- Dr. Thiry uses an extensive spinal and neurologic examination to determine the location of the damaged In some case x-rays and MRI may be needed to further evaluate the extent of damage. If it is determined the condition associated to symptoms may be helped with chiropractic treatment, Dr. Thiry will use his years of experience to determine the proper course of care. This treatment may include chiropractic adjustments, cervical traction, muscle stimulation, ultrasound, heat or ice therapy, as well as stretching and strengthening exercises. In some cases the patient may need to be referred to another health care professional for additional care.

The Benefits of having the proper care is faster pain relief, expedited reduction of other symptoms and a reduced risk of having chronic symptoms lasting a lifetime.

 

3. PERIPHERAL ENTRAPMENT- is a pressure on the nerves or blood vessels or in an area away from the spine. This may include the shoulder, muscles in the arm, the path through the elbow, or wrist. When the muscles in the shoulder or arm become tight or inflamed it may lead to pressure on the nerves or blood vessels that pass through them. The bones in the shoulder, elbow or wrist may be misaligned resulting in less space for the nerves or vessels to pass. Inflammation in these joints also leads to nerve of blood vessel pressure.

Symptoms- often include pain or numbness and tingling into the arm or hand. Symptoms may also change with certain arm positions or activities. When the nerve is compromised the symptoms usually are in specific areas of the arm or hand. When the blood vessels are pressured the symptoms often effect the entire arm or hand.

Treatment- Dr. Thiry uses an extensive neck, shoulder and arm examinations to determine the location of damage. In some case x-rays or MRI may be needed for further evaluation. If it is determined the condition and associated symptoms may be helped with chiropractic treatment, Dr. Thiry will use his years of experience to determine the proper course of care. This treatment may include chiropractic adjustments, muscle stimulation, ultrasound, massage therapy, Graston therapy, ice or heat therapy, extremity adjustments.

The Benefits of having the proper care is faster pain relief, expedited reduction of other symptoms and a reduced risk of having chronic symptoms lasting a lifetime.