Sometimes patients present to the clinic with arm pain. In some case it is what it seems, local irritation of muscles and tendons of the arm, Tennis Elbow, Golfer’s elbow, etc. There are also a couple of other conditions that present in a similar way but are not related directly to the arm itself.
A disc injury in the neck (cervical disc injury) may present with arm pain. A cervical disc injury is like a lower back (lumbar disc) injury where there exists an irritation or compression of the nerve root by the discs between the vertebrae. This results in whatever structures the nerve root supplies (left or right arm) feels pain, pins and needles, burning, numbness or a complete lack of feeling. Often the pain is unrelenting and does not respond well to pain medication (analgesics).
At Your Osteopath we treat this condition successfully with manual therapy, postural correction, exercises regimes and in some cases needling techniques coupled with electrotherapy.
Another way similar symptoms may present is with a Thoracic outlet type syndrome. In this condition the same nerves are being compressed but not at the level of the neck. They are being compressed as they pass the shoulder are of the Thoracic outlet. Specifically, the nerves pass through the gap created between collar bone (clavicle), first rib and muscles of the neck and upper chest (Scalene and Pectoralis Minor muscles). This region may often be compressed due to postural compromise caused by excessive poor desk posture and use of mobile devices.
This once again may be successfully treated at Your Osteopath with manual therapy, postural correction, exercises regimes and in some cases needling techniques coupled with electrotherapy.