Chiropractic treatment can be extremely effective in treating conditions that affect the arms and the upper body. At Balanced Life Health Care in Ferntree Gully, we are able to assist in the treatment of Neck and Shoulder pain, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Tennis Elbow and more.
It’s a common misconception that chiropractors only treat back pain. You may think you need to see another type of therapist for your tennis elbow or hip pain, but this definitely not the case! Although specialising in back pain, chiropractors undergo extensive training incorporating the entire musculoskeletal system, from head-to-toe (literally!) and can help with the diagnosis and treatment of pain affecting both the upper and lower extremities (arms/legs).
Neck Conditions (Referred Pain)
Structures in the neck may commonly cause referred shoulder tension and arm pain.
- Neck pain and related upper extremity pain can be due to: poor posture, repetitive strain, whiplash, thoracic outlet syndrome, disc injury and many more.
- Research has shown that neck pain can be helped through chiropractic care.
There is a range of shoulder syndromes that patients seek help with.
- These range from simple strains such as deltoid, biceps, to more complicated tendon injuries like biceps tendon, supraspinatus tendon and rotator cuff where there may be tearing or impingement.
- There are also symptoms that can arise from the bursa, and arthritis from the ball-socket (GH) joint or the acromial-clavicular (AC) joint.
- Some complaints have only soreness over the injury site, some involve a loss of mobility, some result in stiffness, some refer pain to other places, and sometimes the shoulder pain comes from the neck.
- It is important to have shoulder complaints thoroughly checked to find out exactly which condition you have. This is necessary as there are so many different problems that can occur. Our chiropractors know that the correct approach to help these complaints is determined by knowing exactly what it is.
A condition where the median nerve – which travels through the wrist – is being compressed, causing pain and numbness in the hand.
- The median nerve, or carpal tunnel, contains a bundle of tendons that control finger movement.
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome stems from prolonged repetitive use of this nerve.
Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
The lateral epicondyle is the boney protrusions on the outer side of the elbow where the forearm extensors attach. Tennis Elbow is inflammation of these attachments.
- Golfers Elbow or medial epicondylitis is the same condition but is present on the inner side of the elbow.
RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury)
One of the names used for complaints that arise from multiple, prolonged movements of a body part.
- The most common types are known as tennis elbow, golfers elbow, mouse arm, Wii shoulder, epicondylitis, occupational overuse injury and carpal tunnel.
- There are a range of treatment approaches used by all health practitioners which have differing levels of evidence of success.
- Chiropractors have an approach that involves identifying the cause of the complaint, whether it be from a workplace, a sporting action, or some other activity.
- The management is then based around how to get the best outcome for you once the cause is identified. This may also include checking areas of your body that may refer pain to the area of RSI