Pinched Nerves

Many patients consult a chiropractic doctor because they think they have a pinched nerve. Because of the way your spine is designed, abnormal spinal function caused from physical trauma, emotional tensions, or chemical toxins can affect the delicate tissues of the spinal cord and nerve roots.

The term "pinched nerve" means that a nerve has been compressed, constricted or stretched in some way, causing numbness, tingling, burning sensations and/or a pain radiating outward from the injured area. Nerves originating in the neck and back may become pinched and trigger pain, numbness and tingling into the shoulder and arm. Often times bone spurs or degenerated discs affect the canal space between vertebrae through which the nerve passes. And occasionally a compressed nerve in the neck and back is the result of a trauma tht may cause the vertebral joint to become inflamed and the muscles of the back to tighten.

But the fact of the matter is, while commonly associated with the spine, the pinched nerve is actually rare. Research suggests that only 10% to 15% of spine related problems are caused by direct pressure of bone on nerve tissue. This can result in numbness, burning or a "pins and needles" feeling.

More frequently, nerves are irritated (facilitative lesion). This is caused when nerve tissue is rubbed, scraped, stretched by a loss of spinal curve, or irritated by malfunctioning spinal joints.

Nerve irritation related to joint dysfunction or bone malposition is best corrected using chiropractic adjustments. By using carefully directed and controlled pressure to restore joints to a normal position and motion, the pressure placed on the nerve is quickly and painlessly reduced. This often results in immediate pain relief.

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