Chiropractic Care for Extremity Problems
Extremity pain can be challenging for people to understand. The condition can be very uncomfortable to live with, but hard for others to understand, as no visible injury is usually apparent. Technically speaking, extremity pain often occurs when the nervous system is not working correctly. The causes for that situation are often varied, including functional problems with the body’s muscular and skeletal system. The standard approach in traditional medicine has been ice/heat applications, rest, and pain relief medicine, but these don’t usually address the cause of extremity pain. A chiropractor takes a very different approach to the situation.
The Challenge of Accurate Diagnosis
Because extremity conditions are nerve-based, they don’t exhibit the typical symptoms of physical injuries, such as swelling, bruising, lacerations, inflammation, or even infection. Instead, the activity is within the nerves of the extremity, firing off signals that may or may not be correct for what is actually being felt. This then requires a medical professional with an understanding of where the nerve connection points are and how they are supposed to work with hands, arms, legs, and feet versus the body and spine. Many times, the cause turns out to be a pinched nerve elsewhere in the body creating symptoms in the extremities. A chiropractor regularly looks for these situations which a regular physician may miss.
Treatment and Care
A chiropractic care approach includes a variety of treatment procedures, depending on which one will work better for the given case situation. These treatments could include chiropractic adjustment, massage therapy, acupuncture, physical therapy and stretching, guided exercise, and more.
Many patients tend to have an extremity treatment that applies a combination of the above and other approaches based on what a chiropractor diagnoses as the real needs involved. However, in no situation is a patient being exposed to invasive techniques or pharmaceuticals, a key difference from traditional medical approaches to extremity pain. Instead of just covering the symptoms, a chiropractor works on helping the body function again as well as identifying the root cause of the pain in the first place.
Local Care Available Here in Gig Harbor and Tacoma, WA
For WA folks needing specific extremity treatment and extremity adjustment care, our chiropractic team can help. At Convergent Therapies we specialize in extremity pain cases, especially those that might seem confusing for traditional medicine. We are one of a handful of chiropractic offices that provide dedicated extremity attention for related patients not found at hospitals or similar. Call for an initial consultation or extremity adjustment appointment, and let us help you get your functional life back again without extremity pain. We’re available and ready to help folks in Gig Harbor, Tacoma, and the surrounding areas. Call or email us today!