Managing Brachial Neuritis Pain with Ice, Heat, and Electrical Stimulation

Your nervous system is a powerful thing controlling all motion in your body, but the nerves leading to each finger, arm, leg, and toe are out of sight and, often, out of mind. That is, until those nerves start causing you pain.

A common condition affecting the nerves in the upper part of your body is called brachial neuritis, also known as brachial neuropathy or Parsonage-Turner Syndrome. This condition is one of many forms of peripheral neuropathy, which causes pain, discomfort, and loss of function in the nerves running to specific areas of the body. Brachial neuritis affects the brachial plexus, specifically – the group of nerves leading to the shoulders, chest, arms, and hands.

Because there is no cure for brachial neuritis, pain management is one of the key treatments for sufferers of this condition. At Graybar Chiropractic, our spinal experts are well-versed in problems of the nerves and may be able to create a treatment plan that helps patients in Wilmington, Wallace, and Clinton, NC ease their symptoms.

Effects of brachial neuritis

Brachial neuritis typically causes sudden and sharp pain in the shoulder and arm, sometimes leading all the way down to the hand. This pain will usually only affect one side of the body and will come about without any warning. The specific cause of the condition is unknown, but the symptoms can sometimes occur as a result of injury to the brachial nerves.

The pain in the shoulder and arm usually lasts between one day to a few weeks, after which it subsides, followed by numbness, weakness, and sometimes paralysis in the arm. These symptoms typically resolve themselves over time, but some patients never regain full control.

Effective treatments for brachial neuritis pain

If you suffer from brachial neuritis, you may be able to use a combination of a few different treatment methods to help manage the constant and intense pain until symptoms lessen. Eating a healthy diet, getting regular exercise and trying meditation techniques like yoga can help ease symptoms. Additionally, heat, ice, and electrical stimulation have been shown to be effective at easing pain.

  • Heat: Applying heat pads may help stimulate blood flow to the applied area, which may loosen stiff muscles. This is especially helpful if you have suffered from brachial neuritis for a long time and your arm has stiffened due to inactivity.
  • Ice: Applying ice may reduce inflammation in the shoulder, arm, and hand, which may help the brachial nerves heal and restore function. Usually, alternating between ice and heat therapies can be particularly beneficial for this condition.
  • Electrical stimulation: By using a transcutaneous electrical stimulation (TENS) unit, electrical signals can be used to stimulate the skin and underlying nerves. What this does is interrupt the existing pain signals being sent to the brain from the hand or arm to reduce the feelings of pain. TENS therapy devices may be used in a doctor’s office or purchased for use at home if the treatment method is effective for you.

After pain has subsided, physical therapy may also help restore function to the arm or hand if you are experiencing significant numbness or paralysis. A chiropractor can examine your affected shoulder and arm to identify the problem, test for existing pain, and create an exercise and physical therapy plan for your condition.

The chiropractors at Graybar Chiropractic in North Carolina utilize Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) to assist our patients suffering from nerve conditions like brachial neuritis. This form of care is dedicated to providing holistic treatment to produce total-body health. Call us today to learn how we may be able to help treat your brachial neuritis through a tailored CBP approach.

Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.

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