What is a Pinched Nerve?
A pinched nerve is a subluxation or misalignment of the spine that causes nerve irritation. It is one of the most common causes of neck and back pain. A pinched nerve occurs when excessive pressure is applied to a nerve by surrounding tissues, like tendons, muscles, cartilage, or bones and causes a disruption in the nerve’s ability to function. This can be caused by improper twisting, poor posture, injuries, overuse/repetitive motion, stress, and sports or other physical hobby or activities. This causes a variety of the following symptoms:
Symptoms of a Pinched Nerve:
• Neck pain
• Mid or lower back pain
• Spinal pain
• Shoulder pain
• Pain radiating down arm or leg
• Numbness, tingling, or burning sensation in the arms, legs, or even fingers and toes.
• Weakness in the arms, hands, legs and feet
• Trouble lifting your arms or walking
• Muscle spasms
• Difficulty turning your head or looking up or down
• Difficulty sitting, standing, or bending
• Difficulty sleeping
The Four Main Causes of a Pinched Nerve:
1. Subluxation or Misalignment- is a misalignment of spinal bone that puts pressure on, or irritates, a spinal nerve that comes out and controls and coordinates different areas of the body.
2. Disc degeneration- disc starts to lose its height making the hole that the nerve comes out smaller causing less room for that nerve to exit and can put pressure on the nerve.
3. Osteoarthritis- cause degeneration or bone spurs which crowd into the hole (intervertebral formina) and puts pressure on the nerve.
4. Disc Protrusion or Disc Herniation- when a disc herniates or protrudes out, and pushes up or rub against the nerve causing pain and irritations with certain normal movements.
How Does a Chiropractor Treat a Pinched Nerve?
Chiropractic care for pinched nerve is one of the most effective treatments because it focuses on the root cause and works toward treating the source of the problem. A thorough chiropractic examination helps to identify the area that’s effected by performing diagnostic testing, such as X-rays, Orthopedic and Neurological tests and taking a full health history. Once the chiropractor has discovered the underlying cause of your pinched nerve, they will explain the recommend treatment plan specifically for patients not to only alleviate pain, but to correct the underlying cause of the problem, and to strengthen and stabilize the effected area. This may include a combination of gentle chiropractic adjustment, physiotherapy and exercises.
If you or anyone you know has a pinched nerve, call us at (650)961-2429 for your Complementary Consultation with one of our great doctors to see if we can help. Ignoring and leaving it untreated can lead to serious health problems.