Do I have a Pinched Nerve & How Chiropractic Can Help
A pinched nerve can be shooting pain that travels down your arms or legs. This deep, dull, nagging, sharp or stabbing pain which can be called “sciatica” which is pain going down your legs or “brachial neuralgia” that's travels down your arms could be the sign of a pinched nerve. Unfortunately, these pinched nerves are a common concern that many people have at some point in their life.
The Definition of a Pinched Nerve
The body uses nerves to send signals throughout the body. The brain send signals travel down the spinal cord, and follow the paths of nerves until they reach their final destination which could be your hands or feet. Then, sensory commands travel from the outside of the body up through the spinal cord back to the brain for processing. Along the way, these long nerves can get compressed, pinched, or trapped causing a numbing or pins/needs type sensation.
If there is pressure on the nerve, this is the definition of a pinched nerve. If the nerve has been pinched either thru a disc misalignment, disc bulge, swelling or even arthritis, its ability to function is compromised. This is very similar to your stepping on a garden house and the water that is going to the garden is decreased or diminished. Some of the most common symptoms of a pinched nerve include:
- Reduced sensation in certain areas of the body
- Feelings of numbness, pins, needles and tingling, also called paresthesia
- Shooting, Sharp and burning pains
- Shooting, shock-like sensations
- Hands or feet that feel like they have “fallen asleep”
- Hand and foot muscle weakness, impacting only one or both sides of the body causing loss of grip and tripping on carpet
These symptoms are common signs that someone is dealing with a pinched nerve. Why do they happen?
Why Do Pinched Nerves Happen?
A pinched nerve takes place when the nerve itself has been compressed by surrounding tissues (vertebra, disc, inflammation or osteoarthritis) or as simple as your spine being out of alignment . In some situations, cartilage, bone, or swollen soft tissue can impact the nerve itself. Some of the most common reasons why people develop pinched nerves include:
- Issues related to weight and obesity
- The development of arthritis from abnormal wear and tear on the joints due to bad mechanics
- Motor vehicle accident, work related and sporting injuries
- Slips or fall accidents
- Stress from poor work or home computer ergonomics
- Excessive computer on phone time
- Bad posture, that can lead to a pinched nerve through an overuse injury or long- term sitting
If you are suffering from a pinched nerve, you should seek chiropractic care assistance. Make sure that you visit with your local chiropractor and learn about your treatment options.
A Chiropractor Can Help Release Your Pinched Nerve
What I have seen over the last 30 years is that a very specific chiropractic adjustment to these irritated and or pinched nerves reduce the pain, inflammation and dysfunction that may be occurring. When the body is in better alignment, the pressure will come off the nerve allowing the nerve flow to work and function. At my office, I will consult, examine and x-ray to find out where your specific misalignment is that may be pinching or irritating that nerve. Once the nerve is free from pressure and moving it better, this position is less likely chance for you to have surgery. Pinched nerves can be extremely painful and debilitating not only for family, home but also can affect your work duties. There are several treatment options and surgery is not always required. Chiropractors use a specific chiropractic adjustments to release this irritated/pinched nerve and addresses the root cause which is commonly a spinal misalignment If you experiences symptoms of a pinched nerve feel free to call, because I would like the opportunity to see if chiropractic can help you. Thanks for reading, Dr. Joe