A pinched nerve is an extremely painful condition that occurs when too much pressure from surrounding tissues is applied to a nerve. While a pinched nerve can occur anywhere in the body, the most common areas are in the neck or lower back.
Causes and Symptoms of Pinched Nerves
A pinched nerve occurs when the nerve gets constricted, compressed or stretched due to several different things. Often a bad fall, lifting heavy objects or keeping your body in the same position for a long period of time such sleeping a certain way or sitting in the same position too long. Nerves are more vulnerable when they run in narrow spaces with a small amount of soft tissue to protect them.
Pinched nerves in different parts of the body can show different symptoms. A pinched nerve in the spin may cause neck or lower back pain and even reach into the neck. Nerve pressure in the neck or arm may cause symptoms in your elbow, hand or wrist. If untreated, the protective area around the nerve can break down and cause fluid to build up causing swelling, scarring or extra pressure.
The most common symptoms include:
- Pain in the area of the compression – most commonly in the neck or lower back
- Radiating pain
- Numbness or tingling
- Burning sensation or a “pins and needles” sensation
How Chiropractice Care Helps Pinched Nerves
A chiropractic approach to pinched nerves is not only to relief the pain, but also locate the source. A chiropractic care works to relax the muscles in the affected area to reduce the tightening of the nerve. Direct pressure is applied spine through spinal adjustments. Your chiropractor may also work on several pressure points by moving his hands in precise directions. Pending on the severity of the pinched nerve, a spinal adjustment might be made to the whole spine or just the affected area.
Patients normally feel immediate relief after the first visit, but additional adjustments might me necessary. If the pain remains, your chiropractor may add other treatments such as soft tissue therapy, traction, a back brace, functional electrical or physical therapy.
Make an appointment today with us if you feel you might have some of these symptoms.