Radiating Arm & Leg Pain
While the pain may manifest itself in the arm or leg, it often originates in the spine. The anatomy of the spine includes both the bony vertebrae and the compressible intervertebral disk. Over time, the disks can develop degeneration, leading to loss of the disk’s internal water content and compromising it’s integrity. All of the innervation in the body’s extremities–your arms and legs–comes from the nerves that exit the cervical spine. This can result in a bulging or herniated (slipped) disk. Because of the spinal anatomy, the close proximity of the spinal nerves can result in pain along the course of the nerve, in the case of the cervical spine typically pain down the arm, and in the case of the lumbar spine pain running down the leg.
When people irritate a nerve in the neck or low back, it often sends a signal down to the hand or leg. It continues to cause pain in the arms and legs until freed from its irritation. Then the nerve heals, and the arm and leg pain go away. Nerves in the neck can be compressed by bones, discs, or muscles. Same thing in the low back. Macomb Spine Care and Dr. Clark can identify the root cause of the arm and leg pain. Through exam and investigation, we can then effectively treat the problem.
Arm or leg radiating pain, burning, numbness, tingling, or weakness are common symptoms associated with nerve compression and inflammation. In the cervical spine, problems dropping objects or with functional dexterity also may occur causing impairment of the delicate functions of the hand. In the lumbar spine, weakness in the foot and ankle can lead to problems where weakness can cause trips and falls.
Call today at 586-228-1500 or fill out our online contact form to schedule an appointment with Dr. Clark at Macomb Spine Care. We look forward to helping you achieve optimum wellness, eliminate pain and feel better.