Pinched nerve is very commonly seen in the chiropractic office. Chiropractors specialize in treating the cause of the pinched nerve. Nerves send signals from the brain to all parts of the body, to every organ and every tissue. The complex nervous system consists of two major, distinct components: a motor division and a sensory division. The motor division is responsible for relaying commands from the brain that deal with movement of the muscles. The sensory division is responsible for relaying information to the brain from the senses such as sight, sound, smell, touch, hot, cold, etc. Obviously, without proper integrity of the motor and sensory components, your nervous system could not function properly.
A “pinched nerve” is the term for pain or impaired function of a nerve that is under pressure. It happens to nerves that control muscle movements or relay sensations to the brain.
Common causes of a pinched nerve include:
- Bulging or herniated discs in the spine that cause pain or numbness in the back, leg, neck, arm, or shoulder.
- Compression of a nerve from maintaining a prolonged cramped posture or sitting.
- Arthritis that causes an abnormal bone growth, such as a bone spur.
- Repetitive motions that cause surrounding muscles or tissues to thicken or become less flexible.
Initial symptoms of a pinched nerve.
Some of the initial symptoms of a pinched nerve may be tingling, numbness, a burning sensation or shooting pains. Occasionally, the pains and sensations are from pressure that is far from where you feel the symptoms. For example, a pinched nerve in the low back may cause pain in the calf as the only symptom. A pinched nerve in the neck may cause pain and weakness in the arm, shoulder, elbow or forearm. When there is nerve damage from constant pressure, pain and weakness may increase. There may be a loss of reflexes, movement skills, sensation in the affected area, and atrophy of the affected muscles.
Prevent pinched nerve.
Measures such as taking breaks, changing position, keeping good posture, and not lifting heavy objects that are beyond your ability will prevent nerve and symptom aggravation. If you are experiencing symptoms that may indicate that you have a possibly pinched nerve and you have tried the preventative measures without success, a more serious problem may exist. You should immediately make an appointment to see your chiropractor to have the origin of the problem determined and find out exactly what type of chiropractic treatment would be best suited for your condition.
Chiropractors treat pinched nerve
Pinched nerve is very commonly seen in the chiropractic practice. One rule of thumb that everyone should be aware of is the fact that the longer the nerve is compressed or has pressure on it, the more difficult and longer the recovery time can be. Simply taking medications to treat the problem may only mask the symptoms and the underlying cause thus making the future treatment and response take longer.
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