Wrist, Arm, & Shoulder Pain
At Pain Relief Partners we provide treatments covering a variety of conditions including wrist, arm, & shoulder pain. An estimated 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain throughout the body. Our providers offer a diversified health care approach which can help to eliminate or reduce the effects of persistent pain. With our clinic located in Vancouver, Washington, our Nurse Practitioner and Chiropractor will collaborate with you and with the rest of our team to coordinate a treatment plan to offer you the best chance at success.
The most common reasons for wrist, arm, & shoulder pain are arthritis or injuries. Many issues that result in pain through the wrist, arm, and shoulders are related to the group of nerves called the brachial plexus. The nerves in the brachial plexus run from the lower neck through the upper shoulder and enable the wrist, arm, & shoulder to move and feel. At Pain Relief Partners we will offer a comprehensive examination and design a customized individual treatment plan to help alleviate your pain, whatever the cause.
Another possible cause of wrist, arm, & shoulder pain can be a herniated or bulging disc or spinal arthritis. The spine encompasses nerves that branch out throughout the entire body and can cause pain by pinched nerves or a misaligned spine. This is why trigger point injections by our Nurse Practitioner and chiropractic care from our Chiropractor can be critical in treating a wrist, arm, & shoulder pain. Our professional medical experts in Vancouver, Washington will carefully evaluate your conditions and treat you with a plan specific to your needs.
Common treatments for Wrist, Arm, & Shoulder Pain are:
- Stem cell therapy (local injection)
- Trigger point injections
- Nerve blocks
- Laser therapy
- Chiropractic care
According to the Arthritis Foundation, osteoarthritis (OA) impacts about 27 million Americans and is the most common chronic joint condition. In healthy joints, cartilage, a firm, rubbery substance, covers each end of the bone allowing the bones to glide with cushion during joint movement. In OA, there is less cartilage present, or in extreme cases, no cartilage present, causing pain and swelling in the joint. This gets worse over time, and as the bones break down, bone spurs can form and chips of bone can break off and float in the joint space causing additional pain and inflammation.
OA affects people of all ages, but it is the most common in people over 65. Risk factors are increasing age, previous joint injury, overuse of the joint, weak muscles around the joint, obesity, and genes. 50% of adults will develop OA in their knees in their lifetime.
At Pain Relief Partners, we have several treatment options for joint pain. Stem cells can be used to REGROW and RESTORE cartilage and bone as well as decrease inflammation. To learn more, see the stem cell section or ask us next time you are in the clinic. We also use hyaluronic acid (HA), a substance naturally found in your body, to help restore the cushion between the joints. This is currently only FDA approved for use in the knee and not in other joints and can be injected in a series of 3 or 5 injections depending on the product covered by insurance. It does not restore any bone or cartilage, but it does act as a short-term prevention against additional bone and cartilage loss and causes your body to produce more HA. There is also an option for a steroid injection into the joint space that helps to reduce inflammation. Finally, cold (photobiomodulation) laser therapy can be used to help decrease joint inflammation and pain and is safe to use on any joint space.