Numb right shoulder

by Madai
(los angeles, ca.)

Hello there, I am a 41 years old woman. I injure my shoulder when i was trying to take out a very tight dress out of me. ( it was very tight in my shoulders and my chest. I went for some massages and it was getting better and since i was using the rigth arm often it was still in some kind of disconfort and subtle pain.

so I went to the chiropractor and He did an adjustment in my spine and neck and after 24 hours i has such a awful head ache and still fell tinging some times and pain in some pressure points still and the right side of my shoulder all the way to the side and part of the right breast fell a bit numb and ich some parts. The adjustment happen a week ago.

Please let me know if You know what could be going on and what to do.

Hello Madai,
With your elbow against your side, Hold your right wrist with your left hand. Pull outwards against the resistance of your left hand, then press inwards. Compare with your left arm. Is it painful? Which? Pulling out, or pressing in?

Raise your arms above your head, then sideways, then behind your back. Any significant difference right and left?

Turn your head to the right, and then look up. Does it cause any pain or tingling in the arm or breast area?

Obviously your chiropractor, rightly or wrongly, felt the underlying problem was in your neck. Obviously it's not normal to develop such nasty shoulder pain taking off a dress! A neck subluxation is often the underlying cause of shoulder pain.

Some after chiropractic treatment pain is not uncommon. However, sometimes it can be excessive, and you need to discuss that with your chiropractor.

In both worlds, medical and chiropractic, worsening of the condition does happen. It's known as Chiropractic Iatrogenic Illness … it happens occasionally in my practice, and I'm sure the person you consulted. A modification of the treatment is normally all that is required.

In Medicine, the slogan is: "if the pink pill doesn't work, try the blue pill." In Chiropractic, perhaps working on your shoulder instead of your neck. Discuss your after treatment pain at the next chiropractic consultation. If s/he doesn't listen, go elsewhere!

It sounds to me like you have a rotator cuff problem but I can't be sure until you let me have the answers to my questions.

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I hope this contributes,

Dr B

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Interesting challenges of the day

1. Mr S is a 76 year old man with neck pain of some 9 months duration. Luckily, most of the discomfort is upper cervical which is only rarely arthritic; his lower cervical spine is a degenerative mess that I've left alone. After seven treatments his pain and stiffness is 50 percent better, and he's happy in the circumstances. He can sleep through the night now and that makes a huge difference.

2. Mr P is 32 year old man with very severe lower back pain radiating to the big toe which is 30 percent numb. He had an episode three weeks ago, took anti inflammatories and was soon better as is typical of the medial disc herniation. But before it healed, after a trivia it came roaring back, much worse. The characteristic crossed sign was evident; sitting in a chair, straightening the right leg provoked severe left back pain and tingling in the leg. He's doing well.

3. Severe lower back pain is scary; just ask Mrs P. Just watching her get out of the car I she was in trouble; she had a slipped disc at L4 making her lean towards the opposite side; luckily she had no pain in the leg. Despite family pressure that this was far too severe for a chiropractor, she persevered. Within five days she was standing upright, and after two weeks almost painfree. 

Despite a hectic job, she wisely took my advice and stayed home for what I call exercising bed rest.

4. Mr S has had lower back, groin and back of thigh and calf pain for fourth months.

He has a pincer deformity in the hip causing the stabs in the groin, and a degenerative facet causing the sciatica. Both are responding well to chiropractic and he's well pleased; sixty five percent better after three treatments.

5. Mr T is a wise man; he's taken a warning TIA seriously and has lost 15 pounds, and has at least as much again to lose. A change to a low starch diet and half hour daily walk has made the difference; but the walking is making his foot and back miserable. The expensive orthotic is hopeless; luckily his hips and back are fine, but he needs a simple heel lift.

6. I too have had serious lower back issues, luckily fixed by my own chiropractor; so I too have to do my exercises, take care when lifting supers full of honey, gardening and using the chainsaw. Regaining the function of your spine is just as important as the pain.

7. My own granddaughter, only 7 is hypermobile giving her pelvic, knee and ankle issues. Xrays show a mildly dysplastic hip. Years ago we would have called it growing pains. She too regularly needs chiropractic care and luckily responds well. Increased range of motion is more difficult than too stiff in my opinion. Our care is for kids too.

8. This 65 year old lady is a serious gardener; every day she is bending, lifting and digging for 2 to 3 hours a day. It regularly catches her in the sacroiliac joint, so she has a treatment once a month that sorts it out. She does her lower back exercises faithfully.

9. This 88 year old lady is an inspiration; every day she is busy in the community. With a nasty scoliosis she manages very well with a chiropractic adjustment every six weeks and exercises faithfully done.  

10. Mr X is a 71 year old retired man who wants to continue with maintenance care every six to eight weeks; he had suffered from two years of lower back pain when he first came a year ago. He has no discomfort now after 8 chiropractic treatments, but is aware that danger lurks.

11. Mrs C has been having severe headaches, and taking a lot of analgesics. It's a non complicated upper cervical facet syndrome, and she's doing well.

12. Mr D is a 38 old year man with chronic shoulder pain after a rotator cuff tear playing cricket. It responded well to treatment, but he knows he must do his exercises every day; for two years he couldn't sleep on that shoulder.

13. Mr D, a 71 year old man, has a severe ache in the shoulder and midback since working above his head. Trapped nerve tests are negative but he has advanced degenerative joints of Luschka; after just two treatments he is 50 percent better. Can we reach 90?

And so the day goes; chiropractors shouldn't be treating the elderly most medical sites state but that's so much bunkum.



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