Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is the pinched or inflamed median nerve. The nerve starts in the spine, travels around the shoulder, elbo, then down the wrist to the palm. The nerve can be irritated anywhere along the course, neck to palm. Activities that involve repetitive use of the hand can cause a pinching sensation. Injury such as a broken wrist or a dislocated hand bone might have damaged the nerve, or arthritic damaged misaligned vertebral can cause the nerve to stop working well.
Scoliosis or curvature of the spine greater than 10 degrees, can be congenital (hereditary) or acquired from trauma. It is more common in females often beginning in childhood. Early detection and treatment can prevent worsening effects that occur over time. All children should be examined at 10-13 years old, as they begin their growth spurt. Curvature of the spine is related to this degenerative disease creating an “S” or “C” shape. Scoliosis is unlike the normal curvature of the spine where adjusting your posture would help correct the problem.
Herniated discs (HNP) are usually caused by wear and tear of the disc. Other causes are acute trauma, such as lifting, falls or accidents. Herniated Nucleus Pulposus (HNP) is also known as disc degeneration. A liquid jelly material that works it’s way through tears in the cartilage of the disc. This soft cushion of tissue between your spinal vertebrae, is damaged and pushed out abnormally. Our vertebral discs lose some of the fluid that helps them maintain flexibility. This in turn allows pressure to be placed on the nerves of the spinal column itself. As we age the spinal discs become more susceptible to damage during routine movements.
Low back pain is common during pregnancy. The cause of lower back pain is more than your expanding uterus and hormonal changes. Your center of gravity is shifted changing your posture and putting strain on your back. This could also be pressing on a nerve. Extra weight means more work for your muscles and increased stress on your joints. The hormonal changes also loosen your joints and the ligaments that attach your pelvic bones to your spine. This can cause pain when you walk, stand, or sit for long periods of time.
A muscle spasm, or muscle cramp, is an involuntary contraction of a muscle. This can be annoying and when severe quite painful. Muscle spasms occur suddenly causing your muscle to shorten. Muscles are complex structures that allow movement in the human body. Skeletal muscles move external body parts, like the arms and legs, and the neck, back and trunk. Muscle spasms are most common in the neck, legs (hamstrings, quadriceps), arms and back. They are caused from from 1) mineral imbalance such as dehydration; 2) inflammation that occurs when a muscle is overstretched or torn; or 3) a protective mechanism of the spine to stabilize a severely damaged structure, like after a whiplash. Good detective work by the doctor finds the cause and leads to correcting the problem.
Approximately 80% of headaches originate from the neck. Increased stress and tension can build in the shoulders causing contractions surrounding neck muscles. Contracting muscles can cause the vertebrae to become misaligned causing pressure on spinal nerves. This ultimately creates pain that leads to headaches. A person usually feels pain starting at the base of the skull which radiates into the temples, eyeballs, and forehead. This is the typical cervicogenic (neck origin) headache. Chiropractic techniques including spinal manipulation is known to improve migraine, neck and tension headaches.