When involved in motor vehicle accident, some of the most common injuries occur in the arms and wrists. While not recommended, many people will brace themselves with their arms when anticipating an accident. A chiropractor can help with any pain of the wrist and arm associated with any type of accident.
Common Arm and Wrist Injuries:
Some common ailments of the wrist include sprains, strains, fractures, dislocation, and tendonitis. Sprains and strains are caused when tendons or ligaments are pulled or torn in a joint. The pull or tear can be slight and lead to some swelling, bruising, or other discomforts. It can also be more severe and the symptoms may be more intense and accompanied by pain. Dislocation of a joint is when a joint is pulled or pushed out of place and needs to be reset. Fractures are small breaks of the bone, and can happen in even the smallest bones. Wrists contain several small bones. Tendonitis is inflammation of the tendons which can occur after a trauma. Tendonitis can also limit the use and function of the wrist.
How Dr. Overton Can Help With Arm and Wrist Pain
Chiropractors are practiced at assessing and evaluating injuries related to accidents. A chiropractor will do a thorough examination, asking questions related to the injury to get to the root cause of the pain. A chiropractor might be able to recommend some exercises or rest therapy such as icing to help alleviate symptoms and pain in the wrist. A chiropractor can also manually adjust the wrist joint which might free up any pinched nerves or simply put the joint back into place.
Arm pain after an accident is also very common, but not always related to the arm itself. Damage to the discs that sit between vertebrae in the spine might be contributing to arm pain. Pain that begins in the spine can radiate into the nerves of the arm, making it seem like the pain is actually in the arm. A chiropractor is a great doctor to see in this case. Because chiropractors get to the root cause instead of just treating the painful area, a chiropractor can find the source, adjust the spine, and may be able to help relieve pain in other areas. Chiropractors are well educated in how the spinal nerves reach out to other areas of the body. After examination, a chiropractor will know where to adjust the spine to relieve pain in the arm or the wrist.
Additional arm injuries include muscle strains or pulls which can be alleviated by certain stretches or therapies recommended by a chiropractor after an examination and evaluation.