Johnson Chiropractic Diagnoses Underlying Causes of Neck Pain and Arm Pain and Delivers Pain Relieving Care

September 17, 2020

“What’s this, doc?” A question like this is always welcome at Johnson Chiropractic. Sometimes there is a clear answer, and sometimes there is not. It’s a great starting point though. These questions typically surface during the examination but sometimes occur during a chiropractic office visit. They always disclose something useful toward pain relief that both your Richmond chiropractor wants for you and you want for yourself. Curious conditions may reveal themselves via interesting symptoms like this case of cervical spine neck pain with a case of shingles.


Johnson Chiropractic relies on the clinical exam more than anything else. Your Richmond chiropractor listens first, tests second, and considers imaging in consideration of the first two. Each lends a piece of info to the diagnostic puzzle. In a newly published chiropractic case report, a piece of the puzzle came from a strange rash on a patient’s arm during his care for neck and arm pain. His story involves coughing, fatigue, and congestion that guided him to his primary care doctor. He received an influenza and pneumococcal vaccine. The coughing provoked some neck pain that took this 43 year old male to his chiropractor for the neck pain that was described as constant, sharp neck pain on the left with an aching, tingling sensation extending into his left arm (radiculopathy) particularly into his left lateral arm, forearm, thumb and index finger. Clinical symptoms indicated a diagnosis of a C5-6 disc herniation, a very common cervical disc herniation level. Soon after, he noted a rash on his left arm that his medical doctor diagnosed as herpes zoster shingles. Since it was too late to take an antiviral he took ibuprofen for the shingles pain. He experienced 5 cervical spine treatments following the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management cervical spine protocols in 5 weeks to ease and get rid of the arm pain, reduce the arm rash, and lessen the neck pain by 50%. Another 4 treatments over 12 weeks resulted in 80% reduced neck pain, complete resolution of left arm pain, and faint shingles rash. The patient felt he was back to normal. (1) Talk about unusual! Your Richmond chiropractor is always on the lookout for the unusual and ready to respond with an exam-based diagnosis and a relieving treatment plan for Richmond neck pain and back pain!

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Steven Baroody on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he explained how his patient who presented to the office with severe, long-standing shoulder pain was doctored for shoulder pain with no relief. Dr. Baroody’s exam found a cervical disc herniation causing pain. It’s not surprising, then, that the other treatments resulted in no relief! Dr. Baroody treated the patient with the pain-relieving Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management. Relieving care always starts with the correct diagnosis!

Schedule your next Richmond chiropractic visit soon. Johnson Chiropractic will do the appropriate examination to come up with the proper diagnosis to deliver the best clinical outcome likely for usual and unusual causes of back pain and neck pain. See you soon!

Johnson Chiropractic begins with a diagnosis, develops a treatment, and gets pain-relief results even in unusual conditions like neck pain, arm pain and a shingles rash!