There are many people that suffer from arm and leg pain. Some of this pain can be caused by problems in your limbs themselves or it may be referred pain that has come about as a result of problems in other areas of your body. Limb pain may be constant or it also may come and go with various amounts of severity. All these symptoms must be looked at by a health professional in order to make a diagnosis on how to best treat your arm and leg pain.
Causes of Arm and Leg Pain
People usually can tell what is causing their arm and leg pain in most instances. The two most common reasons that people experience arm and leg pain are because of strains or overuse. These most likely will pass quickly with just rest. Other arm and leg pain causes may be much harder to tell where they are coming from and may require different types of medical treatments to lessen pain and help with recovery.
Here are some of the most common arm and leg pain causes that are not easy to detect:
- Blood clot formation
- Bacterial infections
- spinal nerve root pressure
These are some serious causes of arm and leg pain that are not easy to detect and require immediate emergency medical attention:
- Blockage of an artery in the arm or leg
- A deep soft-tissue infection
- Heart attacks
Any of the following conditions that are associated with leg and arm pain are warning signs that mean you should seek immediate medical attention:
- The onset of sudden and very severe pain
- Limbs that are cold to the touch or pale
- Chest pain, profuse sweating for no apparent reason and shortness of breath
- confusion, fever, or feeling like you are going to faint
- swollen limbs, blistered limbs, or limbs that have black spots
- extreme weakness or lack of sensation in your arms or legs
When to see a Chiropractor For Pain in Legs or Arms
If you do not have severe warning signs that your arm and leg pain is a medical emergency then you still need to consult with a doctor if your pain is not getting better with rest or is increasing in severity.
A doctor will want answers to the following questions to help determine the cause of your arm and leg pain:
- How long have you been experiencing the pain in your arms and legs
- Does the pain get better or worse when doing certain activities
- What is your level of pain on a scale of 1-10, 10 being the worst
- Is it a sharp pain or just a throbbing pain
- Where is your pain located
- Is there anything you are doing that makes the painful limb feel better
- Is their numbness or tingling in the limb that is painful
How can a chiropractor can help ease your pain?
Chiropractors are experts when it comes to treating problems that are associated with your musculoskeletal system. Many arm and limb pain conditions are actually back and neck problems that affect the limbs too. This is especially true when it comes to such things as compressed nerves in your spine.
Through the use of what is called manual manipulations, chiropractors help realign the discs and other parts of your spine to relieve the pressure on the nerves that pass through the back region and then go into your arms and legs. The techniques that chiropractic care uses have had great success lessening pain in the limbs by restoring proper nerve flow to them. If you are experiencing limb pain of unknown origin or numbness and tingling in your arms and legs, there is a good chance that a chiropractor will be able to help you overcome these conditions if they are related to problems with your musculoskeletal system.