Extremity pain is any pain in your arms or legs that IS NOT caused by a spinal condition.


Pain in your arms or legs caused by a spinal condition is called radiating pain or 'radiculopathy.'


 Click here to learn more about radiculopathy.

Extremity Pain Can Make Everything Difficult






Walking, sitting, standing, jumping, running, skiing, skating, lifting, holding, reaching, throwing, swinging, typing, shooting, pulling, and even sleeping can be impacted by extremity pain. 

Extremity Pain Can Be Caused By:

  • Muscle Strain

  • Ligament Sprain

  • Overuse injury

  • Tendonopathy / tendonitis

  • Restricted joint motion

  • Muscular Tension / Contracture

  • Muscle Spasm

  • Fractures*

  • Dislocation*


* Most chiropractors do not treat acute fractures or dislocations. However, chiropractors can work with orthopedists to rehabilitate fractures that have healed and dislocations that have been reduced (put back in place).

Common Upper Extremity Conditions:


  • Rotator Cuff Injury
  • Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Muscle Tendinopathy / Tendonitis
  • AC Sprain
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Shoulder Dislocation Rehab


  • Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
  • Golfer's Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)
  • Little League Elbow (Medial Apophysitis)

 Wrist / Hand

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Wrist and Finger Sprains, Fractures or Dislocations

Common Lower Extremity Conditions


  • Bursitis
  • Hip Flexor / Groin Muscle Strain
  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • TFL Injury


Knee / Shin

  • Ligament Sprains
  • Patellar Pain - Chondromalacia / Patello-Femoral Pain / Tendinitis
  • IT Band Friction Syndrome
  • Shin Splints


Ankle / Foot

  • Achilles Tendon Injuries
  • Sprains
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bunion
  • Stress Fractures

In addition to providing spinal care, chiropractors are also well qualified to treat most extremity conditions.

Many times, chiropractors can provide soft tissue treatment surrounding the joint in pain.  Once tension is reduced, performing a chiropractic adjustment or joint manipulation can effectively relieve pain.

Adjusting The Extremities Using The Activator Method

In addition to assessing the spine and pelvis, we can use the Activator Method to isolate the joints of the arms and legs and can determine when, where, and how any they should be adjusted.

Once dysfunctional joints are adjusted, improvements in motion and pain relief are often felt immediately.