Do you have arm or leg pain in Chapel Hill? We all use our arms and legs constantly throughout the day. In fact, our shoulder and hip joints are two of the most mobile and frequently used joints in our bodies. This combination of frequency and mobility has led to a wide range of possible injuries and sources of pain.
What Is Causing My Pain?
Sometimes people enter Leigh Brain & Spine completely aware of what caused their pain, such as a new mother who held her baby for hours the night before or an athlete who over extended over the weekend. Typically, these situations cause almost an immediate pain or discomfort as a result of muscle, bone, or nervous system damage and irritation. However, many people develop arm and leg pain gradually overtime, and are relatively unaware of what may have caused it. When the patient is perplexed of what may have caused the pain, spinal misalignments, arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis, and frozen shoulder become likely suspects. In addition to these sources of pain, switching or taking new medications such as; antibiotics, birth control, and anxiety medications has been shown to contribute to development of insidious arm and leg pain.
Frequently, Dr. Cosmas Leigh at Leigh Brain & Spine sees patients who present with arm and leg pain that is being referred from nerve irritation that begins at the spine. If the spaces where the nerves leave the spine become narrowed due to the vertebrae or disc being out of position, the nerve can become irritated, and often produces pain down its entire path. Many patients are surprised when they see that the nerves in our body travel from the spine all the way to the ends of our finger tips and toes. As a result, injuries to the vertebrae in the spine can create the sensation of pain anywhere along our arms and legs.
Due to the complexity of the joints, and the vast number of possible causes, it is important that you see someone who is trained in these areas. Typically, our office will use a combination of a thorough history, physical examination, and advanced imaging to get to the root cause of your problems. Experience allows Dr. Cosmas Leigh to be able to use the location of the pain, aggravating or alleviating factors, type of pain sensation, and other symptoms such as swelling, skin changes, and bruising as other tools to assist in the diagnosis. Call today for an evaluation.