Why does my neck hurt? (Part 2)

Neck pain with numbness, tingling, or pain down the arms can be both scary and aggravating. In this post I’ll be going over the more common causes of pain and numbness into the hands and what treatment may look like. 

Specifically:

What are the three most common causes of numbness in the arms?

Will I need surgery?

What does non-surgical treatment look like? 

What are the three most common causes of numbness in the arms?

There are several conditions that can cause tingling, pain, or weakness into the arms

Cervical Disc HerniationDamage or loss of the structure between the bones of your neckF

oraminal Stenosis (“Pinched Nerve”)Nerve Root Inflammation or irritation. This is especially painful.

Spinal Stenosis (Narrowing of your spinal canal)Reduced space in the “home” of your spinal cordWill I need surgery?

A very common concern for patients is if they will have to go under the knife in order to find relief.    Sensory Loss WeaknessSleep lossWeakness in handsDo I need surgery?Maybe Injection Surgical decompressionNon surgical treatment

Will I need surgery?

A very common concern for patients is if they will have to go under the knife in order to find relief. 

Surgery should only be considered with:

-Progressive or worsening numbness or weakness

-Changes in balance or walkingLoss of bowel or bladder control

Fortunately many cases of neck pain with numbness down the arms can be managed non surgically. Our providers focus on customizing the right mix of treatments for your specific cause and diagnosis.

Are there non surgical treatments?

Each person has different needs and goals. Our approach is a custom mix of hands on and active treatment that is most specific to your needs.

Treatments we use in our office include:

o   Adjustments (spinal manipulation)- to restore spinal motion

o   Soft tissue therapy (myofascial release, to heal muscles)

o   Decompression (to create proper disc space in your spine)

o   Dry needling (to reduce muscle spasm and trigger points)

o   Exercise therapy (to create stability and endurance for long term results)

o   Spinal Traction (low force distraction to increase joint space) 

Summary 

Neck pain has a variety of causes and it is important to have it checked out by a professional. If you have any questions about your specific neck pain, feel free to schedule with one of our providers or reach out to the office.

Tyler Kemp

Tyler Kemp

DC, Dry Needling Specialist, Acupuncture Certified

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