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We utilize a multi-pronged method to determine exactly what is causing your pain. Usually, our clinic will utilize a blend of a medical history review, physical exam, and imaging to find the source of your discomfort. Our training gives us the ability to pinpoint your pain, the factors causing it, kind of pain, and understand your symptoms to provide the best treatment possible.



When the median nerve is irritated because of swelling and misalignment in the wrist, patients can start to feel sensations of tingling or inflammation throughout the hand. It's not unusual for patients to report they experience their grip weakening or that picking up small things isn't as simple as usual. Sometimes can even feel the sensation their hands becoming inflamed when their median nerve is irritated, even though there is no inflammation.

Apart from the typical questions regarding what dealing with carpal tunnel is like, patients also are puzzled as to how their syndrome came about. While some patients can remember a specific injury to the hand that appeared to trigger the tell-tale symptoms soon after, other have no idea as to why their condition developed. Research shows that some types of jobs have an increased risk of developing carpal tunnel. These include jobs that utilize instruments that vibrate and also the repeated use of the wrist and hands in the workplace. In addition, certain physiological disorders can also be contributing factors to the development of carpal tunnel.

Carpal tunnel often begins in an individual's dominant hands, but symptoms can affect both hands. Alas, many healthcare professionals attempt to treat the pain where it is found, despite evidence that the root of carpal tunnel arises from a different region of the body. It's been proven that patients affected by carpal tunnel syndrome in the arms normally possess nerve distress originating in the spinal column. This is the reason why expensive medical procedures that attempt to solely treat the hands are ineffective in four out of ten surgeries. Carpal tunnel occurs more frequently in the dominant hand, in addition to being more prevalent in women because of the increased average diameter of the tunnel.



The causes of shoulder pain are seemingly endless, but let's go over some of the more common causes for pain in the shoulder. Shoulder pain may be the result of conditions, such as:

  • Neck and upper back tightness

  • Spinal misalignment

  • Arthritis

  • Abnormal patterns of movement

  • Athletic injuries and automobile accidents

While a few of the items on this list may indicate localized swelling in the shoulder joint, more of them point to the spine as the probable source of pain. The nerves that control the shoulder originate in the spine. If the vertebrae around the neck and upper back are compressed or injured, the nerves that go to the shoulder will be irritated and cause pain. Even a minor spinal misalignment can interrupt communication between the nerves and the shoulder and a cascade of problems can begin. So, what appears as shoulder pain may actually be referred pain from the spinal column.


Due to the wide range of causative factors, shoulder pain and abnormal motion in the joint may develop gradually or come on suddenly. Symptoms of a shoulder injury are occasionally very subtle, but even these can develop into major issues. Since the shoulder joint is used in the vast majority of activities that we engage in daily, all symptoms involving the shoulder should be monitored carefully and treated promptly to avoid progression of the problem. Symptoms indicating the need for an immediate evaluation of the shoulder complex include:

  • Shoulder pain that lasts for more than a week

  • Shoulder pain that goes away and then returns frequently

  • Difficulty raising your arm above your head

  • Trouble or pain when carrying objects

  • Pain in the shoulder joint that becomes more pronounced in the evening

  • Any visual signs of damage to the joint such as bruising or swelling

  • Unusual snapping or clicking sensations in the joint during movement


Chiropractic care is a gentle and non-invasive alternative to medications and surgeries that provides fast and effective results. Lee Family chiropractors are trained to deal with issues in the spine and the shoulder complex that result in shoulder pain. In order to determine the cause of your shoulder pain, a chiropractic treatment begins with a thorough evaluation process, using information provided from your medical history, and advanced imaging techniques. Once a correct diagnosis is achieved it will then be used to develop an individualized treatment plan that will help ensure a fast recovery




The actual cause of arm or leg pain can be difficult to self-diagnose. If you have had an obvious injury, such as stressing a joint through a repetitive pattern at work, dislocating a shoulder playing sports, or pinching a nerve by falling asleep in an awkward position, the source of your immediate pain may be obvious. However, when pain in the arms or legs develops slowly over time without the occurrence of an obvious injury or accident, or when the pain from an injury has become chronic and the source becomes perplexing, you may be in need of a more thorough assessment to determine the source.

There are a number of different possible sources for the pain including bursitis, arthritis and tendinitis, but misalignments (subluxations) of the vertebrae in the neck and lower back are responsible for the vast majority of chronic arm and leg pain. If the spaces where the nerves leave the spine become narrowed because the vertebrae or discs are out of position, the nerve can become irritated, and often produces pain down its entire path. Many patients are surprised when they see that the nerves travel from the spine all the way to the ends of their fingertips and toes.

As a result, injuries to the vertebrae in the spine can create the sensation of pain anywhere along the entire length of the arms and legs. The pain patterns associated with sciatica, which run from the hip all the way to the foot, are a good example of how this works.


Due to the complexity of the joints and the vast number of possible causes of your leg or arm pain, it is important to have a professional evaluation to determine the source. Using a combination of a thorough review of your medical history, a physical examination, and advanced imaging techniques, a chiropractor can get a comprehensive picture that will lead to the root cause of your pain.

Using non-invasive and carefully applied adjustments, chiropractors assist the body in gently re-positioning the vertebrae which can provide both instant and long term relief. If you are experiencing arm or leg pain, don't wait for it to become unbearable, schedule a consultation with our team at Lee Family Chiropractor today.

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