MUSCLE PAIN AND EXTREMITIES
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Did you click here because you or your family member is suffering from leg, arm, neck and shoulder pain, or muscle pain in general?
If that’s true, then you’re in the right place.
Recent studies by the CDC show that an estimated 20% of Americans suffer from some kind of chronic pain – many of them related to leg, arm, and muscle pain.
It’s normal to feel helpless or sad when you are experiencing leg, arm, or muscle pain.
If you’re experiencing leg or arm pain you may relate to these symptoms:
– Putting pressure on it is painful. It may be painful to walk or lift heavier objects.
– You have pain around your joints. This includes shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, ankle, calf pain, or foot pain.
– Your joints have swelling around them.
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For Your Information: When we say arm pain on this page, we mean any pain in the upper extremities in general. This includes shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand pain. Likewise, when we say leg pain, we mean pain in the lower extremities at large. This includes hip, knee, ankle, and foot pain.
If you’re experiencing muscle pain related to your legs and arms, neck and shoulder pain, or elsewhere, you may be feeling:
– Constant tension in your muscles.
– Pain that ranges across multiple muscles or one.
– Pain that comes and goes.
– Sore muscles.
If you relate to any of the above symptoms, keep reading. The following sections will explain some causes of muscle pain, leg pain, and arm pain, how you can treat them at a local Miami chiropractic clinic, and have a more comfortable life.
Leg, Arm, and General Muscle Pain Causes
Your legs and arms are made of hundreds of bones, ligaments, tendons, nerves and muscles. All of these individual components work together to facilitate mobility and strength in your legs and arms.
Joints are where all of the ligaments of the two bones come together to facilitate movement, with the help of natural lubricants like synovial fluid.
Muscles, ligaments, and tendons create a complex of soft tissue that coordinate movement in your arms and legs. Ligaments are bands of soft tissue that connect two bones together. Tendons are strong bands of soft tissue that connect muscle to bone.
Muscles themselves are made of millions of muscle fiber units that work together to create a forceful pulling motion, all coordinated by the nerves and the nervous system.
Nerves that originate in our neck, extend into our arms, down to each fingertip. Nerves that originate in our lower back extend into our legs, down to each toe. These nerves are like the electricity that controls the function and movement of the upper and lower extremities.
As you can probably see, your legs, arms, and muscles are complicated systems. Thus, there are hundreds of reasons why you may have arm pain, leg pain, or muscle pain. Here is a snippet of the many leg, arm, and muscle pain causes:
As stated above, your legs and arms have many bones, nerves, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Your leg and arm pain can be caused by unnatural strains or positions put on them. This is especially true for muscles.
These unnatural strains and positions may be caused by:
– Overuse of your arms or legs, especially if you engage in repetitive motions. This is particularly true for people who work manual labor or desk jobs. Some classic examples of this are plantar fasciitis or carpal tunnel.
– An injury. This may include sports injuries or workplace-related injuries.
– Sleeping in an improper position.
– Chronic conditions like Osteoarthritis (Arthritis), Tendinitis and Bursitis.
The above-mentioned causes, and along with others, can lead to more serious conditions like pinched nerves that cause arm and leg pain.
Nervous System Issues
Leg, arm, and general muscle pain can also be caused by various conditions that affect your nervous system directly. Your legs and arms have millions of nerves running in and out of them and sometimes bones and ligaments in the legs and arms can put physical pressure on the nerves.
The bones and ligaments may injure nerves, or put pressure on them, thereby causing pain by:
– Pinching a nerve. A classic example of this is carpal tunnel syndrome.
– Alterations in the structure of the bones themselves like after an injury.
The nerves themselves may also be causing your pain, as can occur when an individual is suffering from sciatica. Sciatica is a condition where the Sciatic Nerve, which is located in the back of the leg, is experiencing excessive pressure and refers pain to the calf, lower back, or other locations.
Other conditions that may cause leg, arm, or general muscle pain include but are not limited to:
– Fibromyalgia: a disorder that causes widespread muscle pain, and fatigue.
– Multiple sclerosis.
– Bacterial and fungal infections.
There was a research article that was published last year about chiropractic care decreasing the need for opioids. Ever since I read this article this statistic stuck with me; people who saw a chiropractor were 64% less likely to use opioids than people who didn’t according to the journal Pain Medicine. 64%. Those are winning odds.
Why does it matter?
Have you ever had a goal so lofty you ended up doing nothing? Or a goal so small you put it off for what seemed like an unsensible amount of time? What’s the point of unnecessary deadlines? Why do people track their weight loss? All these questions relate back to one of my favorite concepts; SMART goals.
Like a good recipe a good goal is Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Based. The best part about the SMART goals concept is that it’s applicable to just about any area of your life that you’d like to make changes in. It’s a framework, and frameworks are meant to be built on. For our purposes, let’s talk about how SMART goals can be utilized to improve your health.
Damned if you do…damned if you don’t. That’s life for you cupcake! Just kidding, kind of. Sometimes it feels that way though doesn’t it? For instance, strength/resistance training; it’s amazing for you, it’s arguably necessary, but what is up with all these sports injuries?? If it’s good for you, why do people get hurt so often?
It happens. All we can do is try our hardest to avoid these injuries and reap only the benefits of a challenging exercise regimen. Here’s a positive twist on sports injuries though: they’re preventable for the most part. Unlike a car accident or a bad fall, you can PLAN to avoid most sports injuries (not all, that’s just life, sorry) and in most cases, precautionary measures for those of us that aren’t competitive powerlifters or Olympians should be enough to keep us healthy and injury free.
So here are some of the most common strength training injuries and what you can do to prevent them:
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Leg, Arm, and General Muscle Pain Treatments
As you have seen above, leg, arm, and muscle pain can occur for many reasons.
If you have leg, arm, general muscle pain, fibromyalgia, sore muscles, or any other condition that worries you, consult your local Miami chiropractic care physician – and they’ll assess your individual condition and advise you on the correct treatment plan.
How Can a Chiropractor Help?
Although chiropractors in Miami cannot help with all types of leg, arm, and muscle pain and sore muscles, they can help you with pain that is related to musculoskeletal and nervous system conditions.
If you’re on a search for the best chiropractors in Miami, give us a call at 305-721-2718 , and we’ll be happy to help figure out why you are experiencing leg, arm, or muscle pain and see if chiropractic care is the best treatment for you. If not we will refer you to a relevant medical professional here in Miami.
Here are some science-backed, and natural (with practically no side-effects) chiropractic treatments that are regularly used to provide clients with leg, arm, and muscle pain relief.