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Treat Pinched Nerve With Chiropractic Care

Treat Pinched Nerve With Chiropractic Care
A pinched nerve is when the nerves that extend from your brain to your spinal cord are compressed due to a subluxation. A subluxation is when a joint is out of place, which affects range of motion and in this case is putting pressure on the nerves in the neck causing pain.

It is important to not ignore those pain signals and seek treatment as damage from a pinched nerve may be severe and cause long-lasting problems.

What causes a pinched nerve?

A pinched nerve is also known as a compressed nerve. This compression may be caused by repetitive motions or having your body in the same position for long periods of time.

Compressed nerves occur where they have to travel through narrow spaces where there is barely soft tissue around for protection. This could be in a ligament, tendon or bone.

If the location of the pinched nerve is in the neck or arm it can also cause symptoms in the elbow, hand, wrist or fingers. This can lead to peripheral neuropathy or carpal tunnel syndrome.

What are the symptoms of a pinched nerve?

Pain is the most common symptom of a pinched nerve, but may not always be a symptom and instead be others. The following are other common symptoms of a pinched nerve:

  • Burning sensation
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Weakness
  • Radiating pain
  • Pain in the area of compression
  • Pain when turning or straining neck

How is a pinched nerve treated by chiropractic care?

Chiropractors specialize in neck and back adjustments that remove unwanted pressures in the neck. A chiropractor will develop a personalized treatment plan depending on the severity and cause of the nerve compression. The goal being to restore the proper signaling of the nerves between the brain and tissue and proper healing of the tissues connected to those nerves. Unlike other treatment options, chiropractic care doesn’t use drugs and is hands-on only approach.

Also, avoiding activities and simply resting the injured area is one of the best things you can do to complement the treatment.