Referred pain or numbness in the shoulder, arm, leg, or knee

The concept of “referred pain” is a question we get often at our clinic. This phenomenon, is described as feeling pain in one part of the body that does not have any relation to the source of the problem. The cause of this begins with the Central Nervous System (CNS) not performing properly by giving mixed signals confusing the direction of the message. Referred pain is described as being a deep, tingling sensation, that is hard to locate the exact point of origin.

For example, Tension caused by stress can increase muscle tension, placing pressure on the joint in the neck, which irritates the spinal nerves, sometimes leading to “referred pain” in other parts of the body or numbness in shoulder, arm and hands.

At Saint Alphonsus Rehabilitation Services (STARS) Dr. Pfaff and Dr. Gough are skilled in identifying the source of the mechanism of injury and will quickly restore proper function to the injured area. By locating the underlying cause of the problem and addressing the issue the referred pain will quickly subside.

Call Dr. Pfaff or Dr. Gough at 367-3315 for additional information or to schedule an appointment.

Brian Pfaff, DC

Brian Pfaff, DC