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Arm and leg pain if sharp in nature and following a “linear” or line-like pattern can be caused by pressure on, or damage to a nerve.  Most typically it is a “radiculopathy” which is irritation or stimulation of the sheath surrounding the nerve roots as they exit the spine.  This can be caused by “stenosis,” which is thickening of the bone around the opening for the nerve roots, disc herniations or even compression of the nerves in the musculature of the arm or leg.  The most important thing one needs when experiencing these symptoms is a good diagnosis.  Once it is clear where the pain is coming from, appropriate treatment or a referral can be provided.  Chiropractic care seeks to reduce the pressure on the nerve, reduce the inflammation and pain, restore the function of the related spinal area and strengthen to prevent re-injury.

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