Chiropractic Care for Pinched Nerves: What You Need to Know

Posted in Health Conditions on Sep 16, 2022

Many patients come to our clinic saying that they were diagnosed with pinched nerve and that they are afraid to reach the point when they need surgery. Others do not know what is causing their pain and numbness, and our chiropractors end up diagnosing them with this condition. For everyone who is not sure how to deal with it, we will show that chiropractic care for pinched nerves is the most effective and non-invasive form of therapy.

What Causes Pinched Nerves?

A nerve is pinched when surrounding bones, cartilages or muscles apply too much pressure on it. In this situation, the flow of information passing through the nerve is greatly reduced or even interrupted. To understand the process, imagine squeezing a water hose in your hand – the water stops flowing at all, or only drips a little.

Pinched nerves can occur in various areas in your body. You will experience localized symptoms near the area where the pinched nerve occurred and this will also help our chiropractor identify it. However, in our experience, most patients who came to us to receive chiropractic care for pinched nerves had the condition localized in their spine.

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Recognizing the Symptoms of Pinched Nerves

Pinched nerves in the spine can generate a series of complex and impairing symptoms, such as:

•    Pain that runs along the spine

•    Intense migraines or headaches

•    Pain shooting down an arm or a  leg

•    Sensations of numbness, tingling or burning in the arms and legs, extending to the fingers and toes

•    Neck pain

•    Lower back pain.

You can also find it difficult to walk or sit down for long periods of time and even be unable to sleep in certain positions. Some patients also experience muscle spasms on top of the pain.

Chiropractic Care for Pinched Nerves Restores Proper Function

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Our chiropractors have effective treatment plans for pinched nerves, adequate for the most common causes of this condition, which are:

1. Joint Subluxation or Misalignment

In most of the cases, patients who need chiropractic care for pinched nerves suffered a misalignment in the spine. This can happen due to a sudden trauma (a fall, a car accident, a sports injury) or as a result of bad posture over a long period of time, or performing repetitive movements (such as lifting up heavy objects).

Our chiropractors can resolve subluxations or misalignments in a natural way, without surgery or other invasive interventions. Once the joint is restored to its natural position, there is no further pressure on the nerve and its function is restored.

2. Spinal Disc Degeneration

Discs are cushions between the vertebrae in the spine, allowing them to be mobile and avoiding the bones to rub against each other. Over the time, these cushions suffer wear and tear, especially if you perform intense physical activities. Manual laborers, sports persons and people who constantly maintain an incorrect posture are more likely to suffer from disc degeneration.

How does this cause pinched nerves? The nerves thread their way along the spine through the vertebrae and the discs. As a disc degenerates, it shrinks, thus reducing the space for nerves passing through it.

Careful adjustments and other therapies can help patients with pinched nerves due to disc degeneration find relief from their pain and even regain the mobility of their back.

3. Osteoarthritis

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Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition which causes bone spurs to grow in joints, turning them rigid and immobile. When it occurs in the spine, this process can reduce the space available for nerves, causing them to become pinched.

Chiropractic care for pinched nerves has effective and safe solutions for patients with osteoarthritis, allowing them to find relief from pain and recover some of the flexibility and range of movements.

4. Herniated Disc

In some cases, repetitive movements or sudden trauma can cause a disc to slip from its proper alignment with the vertebrae, pushing against the nerves. Western medicine usually recommends surgery to solve this issue – a very risky surgery, with many negative consequences if it is not successful, including paralysis.

Our chiropractors can help the disc return to its normal position in a non-invasive and safe manner. You will regain the use of all your limbs, find relief from pain without risking serious future complications.

We encourage you to contact us and choose chiropractic care for pinched nerves. Our chiropractors have extensive experience treating patients with this condition, are friendly and compassionate. Call us now to schedule an initial appointment!

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