You may think of a chiropractor as someone who helps treat back pain. While this is certainly true, it is only part of the story. The spine and musculoskeletal system are complex and anything that affects the spine can affect the rest of the body.
Pain in your hands can be caused by any number of things – repetitive motion, injury or a problem in another area of the body, like the shoulders or back.
Your pain may be general, confined to one area of the hand or only happen when you move a certain way, such as grasping an object. The pain may be mild to severe and there may be numbness or tingling. Other symptoms can include weakness or difficulty grasping.
How Can A Chiropractor Help My Hand Pain?
First, the cause of pain must be determined. The hand is a complex part of the body, made up of many muscles, tiny ligaments and small bones. The hands are strong, but at the same time very delicate.
Because many of the bones and muscles in the hands are so small and delicate, they can become easily misaligned and injured. This happens not only during heavy or normal grasping work, but often during light tasks and are the result of poor form. Awkward carrying or movement can bring on injury without you knowing it.
The first step is for the chiropractor to determine the cause of the pain. Your chiropractor will diagnose the problem to find out whether it is something that chiropractic care can help. If it can, then he will develop a treatment plan to help relieve symptoms and address the underlying causes of pain.
This is one of the reasons chiropractic care is so successful. Many treatments simply address symptoms, but chiropractic care can uncover the source of the condition and treat it there. This may be a simple adjustment or longer term treatment.
How Can I Avoid Hand Pain?
Oftentimes, hand pain is the result of daily, repetitive activities. Your chiropractor can help you figure out what the cause of the pain is and give you tools and strategies to help you avoid pain in the future.
For some, this may mean creating an ergonomic work environment. For others, daily hand stretching and exercises may be the solution. Learning what types of movements to avoid can also help.
If you are seeking chiropractic treatment in the Amarillo area, contact New Life Chiropractic for a consultation.
There you can discuss your symptoms and concerns with Dr. Ian Kelly in our relaxing office.