Arm and Leg Pain
When ever you talk about arm and leg pain you have to discuss Shoulder and Hip joint issues.
The arm and leg pain & shoulder joint has a wide range of motion as compared to any other joints in the body. The shoulder joint is more like a cup and saucer than a ball and socket. The cup and saucer idea is that you can have the cup in the saucer but it really needs to fit in the little ring on the saucer to work most efficiently. This is the reason that the shoulder joint is more prone to soft tissue injuries than all the other joints in the body. Arm and shoulder pain can also be a sign of a problem in the neck area (cervical spine). Our innovative treatment protocols can help treat your arm and shoulder pain.
Arm and Leg pain can stem from one or more of the following causes:
- Strains from overexertion
- Tendinitis from overuse
- Shoulder joint instability
- Collar or upper arm bone fractures
- Frozen shoulder
- Pinched nerves (also called cervical radiculopathy)
At The Flagstaff Surgical Center and Pain Management, we always do a comprehensive exam and order other specific diagnostic tests in order to diagnose the core origin of your Leg and arm pain.
Once the cause has been determined, further treatment and procedures will be coordinated to relieve the shoulder/arm pain.
Hand & Wrist Pain
Wrist pain is an extremely common complaint, to which there are numerous common causes, typically it is a dysfunction of the wrist joint itself. We always strive to arrive at a precise diagnosis as to the cause of your pain and suffering and then prescribed quickest and most efficient treatment plan so that there will be a means to the end of your pain issues.
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a disorder as a result of irritation and pressure on the median nerve in the wrist. Many doctors diagnose what is essentially a pinched nerve at the wrist. This takes place in a specific compartment in the wrist named the “carpal tunnel” where the median nerve and most of the wrist tendons pass from the forearm into the hand. Symptoms of CTS typically include one or more of the following: numbness, tingling, and pain in the arm, hand, and fingers.
The caveat is that to be a true Carpal Tunnel Syndrome all or some of the symptoms have to be on the palmar (palm) side of your wrist and hand. So, if you are having wrist and hand pain on the back side of your wrist and hand it is not a true “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome” (CTS)
What caused my carpal tunnel syndrome?
Generally, the cause of CTS is unidentified. However, irritation and pressure on the median nerve can occur in a myriad of ways: inflammation of the covering of the wrist flexor tendons, which is called tenosynovitis; joint dislocations, fractures, and even arthritis can narrow the tunnel. Even keeping the wrist bent for long periods of time on a regular basis can cause wrist and median nerve inflammation and pressure. Thyroid conditions, rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetes have been connected with carpal tunnel syndrome. More times than not there is a combination of reasons.
Our team at Flagstaff Surgical Center and Pain Management utilizes focuses on Physical Medicine in concert with the most up to date interventional pain treatment for most patients suffering with carpal tunnel syndrome.
Joint & Muscle Pain
Just About everyone is familiar with the soreness and discomfort caused by inflammation and inflammation is usually the cause of joint pain. The space in your Joints is like a low-pressure area in a high-pressure system so the joint space is a perfect collection for inflammation to set up shop and cause pain, stiffness, and even swelling.
At the Flagstaff Surgical Center and Pain Management, we treat joint pain from mild inflammation to serious syndromes, disorders, and conditions. Joint pain usually is a result of overuse, trauma, infection, and/or autoimmune diseases, as well as other abnormal concerns.
The most common causes of hip pain are muscle strain, nerve irritation, and bursitis which left untreated will eventually cause arthritis.
The major muscle groups help to move the hip through a wide range of movements and just like anywhere else in the body overuse will cause irritation of these muscles and can lead to muscle strain.
Aggravation and Irritation of the nerves in and around the hip joint can cause pain in the hip as well as down the leg. This is called sciatic. However Sciatic can also come from pinched nerves or disc problems in the lower back or lumbar spine.
Bursitis of the hip
The hip joint and the large muscles that cover it are lubricated by five large “pillows” of a specialized fluid called serous fluid. These “pillows” are called bursa sacs. The fluid inside the hip is also serous fluid. This serous fluid in the joint, as well as the bursa sacs, is the lubricating fluid inside the joint, and the “Bursa Pillows” act as the padding and work to reduce pressure and friction around the joint. These bursa sacs are subject to irritation from injury and repetitive movement resulting in Inflammation causing bursitis.
Tennis elbow is an inflammation, tenderness, and/or pain on the outside (thumb side) side of the forearm close to the elbow. Typically, a partial tear of the tendon fibers is present at or near the elbow where the muscle attaches to your elbow bone (Radius bone). Tennis elbow is also a strain of the forearm muscles. Normally tennis elbow is caused by some type of repetitive motion with the wrist or hand during sports activities or by the requirements of repetitive movements of work. So a grocery store cashier could have a full-blown tennis elbow.
Is my Leg Pain called Sciatica?
Leg pain will vary in range from a mild irritation that comes and goes, to unbearable pain that affects your ability to sleep, walk or even engage in activities of everyday chores and activities. Leg pain can be expressed as a dull ache to sharp as well as throbbing, and/or burning. Other times leg pain can be described as a sensation like pins-and-needles or numbness or weakness of the leg or even the foot.
If you have leg/foot pain tingling and/or numbness rest assured our doctors at the Flagstaff Surgical Center will examine both your affected leg as well as your lower back to get at the root cause of your leg pain and discomfort.
What is Sciatica?
Sciatica is not really a condition, but a name associated with the largest nerve in your body called the Sciatic nerve. So, Sciatica is a slang term that is not a condition but a descriptor of the signs and symptoms resulting from irritation of the sciatic nerve at its roots where the sciatic nerves leave the low back or lumbar spine. Irritation or injury can occur at any other section of the entire length of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve starts in the lower back and goes through your buttocks and down the back of your leg to the bottom of your foot. The good news is that sciatica stereotypically responds well to non-surgical conservative care