If too much pressure is applied to a nerve by surrounding tissues (bones, muscles, cartilage, or tendons) a pinched nerve occurs. This pressure disrupts the function of the nerve resulting in pain, tingling, numbness, or weakness.
What Are Some Causes?
There are many conditions that may cause tissue to compress a nerve or nerves. These include
- Rheumatoid or wrist arthritis
- Stress due to repetitive work
- Hobbies or sports activities
- Poor posture
If a nerve is pinched for just a short time, typically there’s no permanent damage. Once the pressure is alleviated, nerve function returns to normal. However, if the pressure persists, you could experience chronic pain and permanent nerve damage.
How Chiropractic Could Help
A comprehensive examination helps us pinpoint areas of your spine where spinal bones are stuck and not moving correctly. Then, we give them a chiropractic adjustment. Your body uses this energy to correct itself as nerve irritation is reduced.
Frequently Asked Questions
A pinched nerve can occur anywhere in your body and the area where you experience symptoms may not be the same spot as the affected nerve. For example, a herniated disc in the lower part of the spine may press on a nerve root, resulting in shooting pain down the back of your leg.
Pain is typically the primary symptom experienced with pinched nerves. A pinched nerve may also cause numbness, tingling, or weakness in areas of the body that surround the affected nerves.
Yes, we can show you some exercises that can help to address your pinched nerve.
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