McDermott Chiropractic Care, P.C.
141 Main Street
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Do you have burning and tingling in your hands and feet? Does pain in your shoulders and hips cause you to alter activities of your daily routine? Are you often accidentally dropping objects or having difficulty lifting even an article of clothing due to elbow pain or tendonitis? These are common extremity complaints among my patients.
Chiropractic adjustments release restrictions affecting joints, allowing relaxation of attached muscles and increased blood flow to the area. The result is decreased pain and often a decrease in edema or swelling.
If the cause of numbness and tingling in the hands and feet is determined to be musculoskeletal in origin and not the result of metabolic disease, such as diabetes, the condition responds well to conservative treatment. Pathology/dysfunction in the neck can result in altered sensation in the hands or shoulder. Myofascial release (stretching) or chiropractic manipulation to the cervical spine, shoulder or elbow is a very effective treatment when symptoms result from an irritated nerve root or a peripheral nerve entrapment.
Swelling and tingling in the hands result from overuse injury resulting in chronically tight muscles of the forearms, which, in turn, results in restriction of the wrists, stagnant circulation and swelling. Chiropractic adjustments to the elbows and carpals, as well as soft tissue techniques for relaxing and softening muscles of the forearms, will ease these symptoms quite successfully.
Tiny carpal bones in the feet that bear the entire body weight can become fixated, developing pain and abnormal sensations, including severe pain. Burning and aching in the feet respond quickly to a chiropractic adjustment.
Shoulder integrity is dependent on a delicate balance of muscular attachments to the neck, trunk and upper arm. When there is an imbalance within this muscular complex, dysfunction and pain occur. It is, however, an easy joint to access and treat. Overuse injuries are common in the shoulder and also respond well to chiropractic and myofascial release.
Hip pain is a term often used to describe low back and sacroiliac pain. There are three key muscles around the hip, often associated with this type of pain. The piriformis is located in the buttock, and when in spasm, can irritate the sciatic nerve, causing radiating pain into the legs. The psoas runs directly in front of the hip joint and in addition to hip pain, is also implicated in groin and low back pain. TFL is a muscle on the side of the hip joint that is often chronically short, causing extremely painful muscular imbalance complexes in the hip.
If the adjustments and myofascial release are not completely effective, the Graston Technique is a slightly more aggressive but very effective treatment for rotator cuff injuries of the shoulder and for hip pain around the piriformis muscle.
As you can see, there are many chiropractic remedies for debilitating pain and stiffness in various areas of the body. Improvements from chiropractic treatment are often immediate. Also, chronic disability and pain can often be avoided by regular occasional maintenance visits.