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Pinched Nerve

runner with back painIf too much pressure is applied to a nerve by surrounding tissues (bones, muscles, cartilage, or tendons) a pinched nerve, commonly known as a compression lesion, occurs. This irritation 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

  • Injury
  • Rheumatoid or wrist arthritis
  • Stress due to repetitive work
  • Hobbies or sports activities
  • Obesity
  • Age
  • 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’ll determine the best course of care for you, which will likely consist of several adjustments to help restore better motion and position of the affected joints. Your body uses this energy to correct itself as nerve irritation is reduced.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where does a pinched nerve occur?

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.

What are the most common symptoms associated with a pinched nerve?

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. More dangerous are nerve irritations that serve organs and tissues of the body that don’t have pain-sensing nerves.

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If you have a pinched nerve, contact us today to schedule an appointment!