Do you get more pain in the cold weather?
You may be suffering from this “mysterious condition”?
” I have an aching pain running from my neck down my arm and sometimes if feels numb. Advil has not helped. Do you think it is a disc problem in my neck?” Janet asked. Janet could not move her head in all directions without any pain. Tests for a disc problem showed she did not have a disc pinching a nerve.
This time of year we see a up-tick in cases just like Janet’s. The pains can be anywhere actually. Sometimes just in the shoulders, sometimes in the back, sometimes running from the neck up to the head, and sometimes going down into the hips or thighs like sciatica. Part of our job as chiropractors is to figure out if the pain is coming from a pinched nerve, a joint, a hurt muscle or an internal organ. Janet’s problem turned our to be pain from a muscle caused by a trigger point. Trigger points can cause pain to radiate to other parts of the body, can cause muscle spasms, and can feel just like a pinched nerve.
Trigger points are a very insideious but common cause of pains in the winter. When muscles that have been injured recently or even in the past get chilled, they can start hurting again. The pain ranges from cold achy pain to arthritis like pain to stiffness and even numbness and tingling.
So while you may think a brief run out to the mail box or between your car and a store without a coat is safe, it could cause unnecessary suffering. Trigger points are irritated by the cold, caffeine, nicotine and stress. Unfortunately, many medical doctors are unware of trigger points. They may prescribe analgesics for your pain. However, trigger points rarely respond to medications. Trigger points are treated by muscle work, and some therapies like ultrasound and the specialized Graston work that we offer here at our office. We will examine you to determine if trigger points are the cause of your problem. If you are suffering pains that are not responding to medication, call us at 978-535-6155.