Patients suffering from extremity pain might notice the effects of stress on joints associated with their arms, legs, wrists, ankles, shoulders or neck.
- There are two types of extremity pain. Lower extremity pain affects the nerves which control the lower extremities beginning in the low back and lower spine. Lower extremity pain may be positional, getting better or worse depending on the body position, or episodic, following an activity or without apparent cause, and is triggered as the body adapts to mechanical stress, weak posture and inefficient motion. Lower extremity pain includes leg pain, ankle pain and foot pain.
- Upper extremity pain is often caused by an injury from daily overuse. In general, the more frequent or the more strain an activity requires, the greater the opportunity for injury and pain. Upper extremity pain includes arm pain, wrist pain, shoulder pain and hand pain. Overuse injuries can affect nearly any joint in the upper extremities, but most often affect the shoulders and wrists. Pain may be constant or may appear only during certain activities.