Manual therapy + movement for the masses

Arm Pain

Arm Pain
December 14, 2016 Phillip Snell

1. Identify provocative movement
2. Consider involved neurology for potential neuropathic component
3. Assess for neural sensitivity
4. Apply treatment to improve mechanical interface of the involved neuro
5. Re-test provocative movement
6. Apply homecare and perform regularly until sensitivity to movement normalizes

Common Diagnosis

  • Rotator cuff impingement
  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Labrum (glenohumeral) tear
  • Tennis or Golfer’s elbow (lateral/medial epicondylitis)
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • De Quervain’s tenosynovitis
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome

Target Neurology

  • Radial nerve
  • Median nerve
  • Ulnar nerve

A reminder…most of these nerves are “mixed nerves” carrying both motor and sensory function. As such, an evaluation of motor function to rule out nerve root involvement in a radicular process is warranted. Not uncommonly, we will see such radicular processes manifest as part of a shoulder, arm or hand pain condition referred to our office and the primary driver for their pain is upstream nerve root compression. DTM may temporarily help with some of the symptoms, but the potential for a nerve root issue must be evaluated! Consider McKenzie evaluation as part of your work up and home care.

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