Have you ever felt a sharp, hot pain shoot from your shoulder to your fingertips? In sports, those are commonly called stingers or burners, and they’re a nerve injury. Although they don’t usually last long, they can recur and become worse, which is why we at Natural Care Chiropractic in Lindenhurst want our patients to know we have treatment options available.
Stingers are caused by compression of the nerves in the shoulder. Several nerves that originate from the cervical region of the spine (the neck) bundle together in the shoulder before traveling down the arm. When the head is violently thrust in a different direction from the shoulder, as happens frequently in contact sports, the patient may feel pain anywhere along those nerves. Over time a trigger point may accumulate in muscles along the path also impinging the nerve.
Although athletes are often cleared to resume play after the stinger ends, they may need physical therapy if the problem keeps happening. Our well trained staff persons offer a wide range of services, including manual therapy to keep the patient’s muscles limber and well-supplied with nutrients while they recover along with elimination of trigger points. We also offer chiropractic adjustments that are suited to the cervical region to relieve nerve compression and acupuncture for pain relief.
Dr. Mark Freund and Dr. Nicole Gopaul together with a staff of well-trained assistants are Natural Care Chiropractic at 2118 East Grand Avenue, Lindenhurst, Illinois, 60046. To schedule an appointment, visit Lindenhurst Chiropractic or call 847-265-0600.