Understanding Referred Pain from the Spine

Understanding Referred Pain from the Spine

You might be experiencing what you assume are minor aches and pains. These could occur anywhere in multiple forms, from tingling pain down the arms or legs to soreness in the hips. Often, the source of these pains is the spine, even when the pain is elsewhere. Referred pain is a real, common condition that can affect any part of the body. It is also a serious condition, since it might not be getting the proper attention.

Don’t ignore seemingly random pain and just hope it goes away on its own. Instead, seek help from someone who understands exactly how referred pain works and what causes it: a chiropractor. An expert chiropractor in Las Vegas providing spinal adjustments can be a key component of an effective treatment program to resolve it.

The team at Advanced Spine and Posture has experience in diagnosing and treating referred pain. We know the role the spine plays and how the rest of your body could be paying the price for a spinal issue.

What is referred pain?

We typically assume pain is related to some localized problem. For example, if your arm hurts, the problem is rooted in your arm. It’s a natural, logical connection. Referred pain, however, is when the source of the problem is nowhere near where the pain is experienced. The issue could be located in the nerves, ligaments, organs, or muscles. In this case, if your arm hurts the real root of the problem could be your spine.

It is a confusing concept to most people, but it becomes clearer when explained. Think of it like your car’s “check engine” light. When that light comes on, it’s a sign that there’s a problem under your hood. The light isn’t the problem: it merely represents one. The same is true for referred pain.

Since the spine is the core of your central nervous system, small subluxations (misalignments) of the spine are often the root cause of pain in organs or muscles. Long-term wear and tear of vertebral discs is often related to misalignments. Muscles that are overworked may lead to nerve compression, another condition connected to referred pain.

How can chiropractor help?

The biggest issue in interpreting referred pain is realizing that it’s referred and not localized. This often means looking beyond the basic evidence and exploring further to uncover patterns in a person’s overall health.

A chiropractor is trained in identifying the patterns of referred pain. Take headaches as an example. This pain is often related to issues in the neck and jaw muscles, rather than issues in the head itself. When referred pain occurs, signals travel up the spine and land on the same part of the brain that deals with pain signals from another part of the body.

In addition to pinpointing referred pain, chiropractic is a holistic treatment plan that examines the multiple causes of pain and how to address them. A chiropractor may treat instances of referred pain with any of the following:

  • Regular spinal adjustments to correct subluxations and restore nervous system health;
  • An exercise regimen designed to strengthen important muscle groups;
  • Therapeutic massage to alleviate tension around the spine;
  • Treatment of trigger points to soothe aches and pains.

From severe, chronic problems to inconsistent annoyances, no one wants to live with pain. The experienced group at Advanced Spine and Posture provides invaluable assistance to Las Vegas, NV patients. Contact us today for a free consultation and to learn how our approach to identifying referred pain, Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), can help you.

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.