I found this case study online recently and thought it was a good one to share. It demonstrates how Chiropractic can help in the treatment of arm and wrist pain.
Compression of the ulnar nerve, that runs from the neck down the forearm to the hand, can lead to pain, numbness, tingling, and muscle weakness in the arm, elbow, wrist, fingers, and hand.
The case study involved a 41-year old woman who presented at a chiropractic clinic with muscle weakness and numbness in her right forearm. Postural analysis showed the patient had slouched shoulders and moderate forward head carriage. Chiropractors treated the woman who also performed at-home exercises and made improvements to her workstation ergonomics based on advice from chiropractors. After the first treatment, she had immediate improvements in weakness and numbness. Her symptoms resolved completely after eleven treatments. She was able to resume working without any dysfunction.
Although more research is needed, the case study suggests that chiropractic care could be a viable option for patients with symptoms of ulnar nerve entrapment.
Dr Sarah MacNeil
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