What is a “pinched nerve”?
Pinched nerve is a common expression to define, most often, a pressure on a nerve coming out of the spinal cord.
Pressure on a spinal nerve is caused by misalignment of the spinal bones (vertebra) or pressure by discs of the spine that are full height or width. These things cause interference with the nerves function.
When this misalignment (often called subluxation) occurs, and creates pressure on the nerve, the nerve becomes irritated and so they don’t function at their best.
The result of this interference and irritation problem can have a wide variety of negative effects on the person’s health.
Sometimes the resulting symptoms may be pain, numbness, strange feelings in an arm (if it’s a nerve that is coming from the spine area that controls arm activities). Another example would be a pinched nerve going to the stomach. This might cause abnormal stomach activity, such as digestion problems, ulcers, or other negative health results in that area.
Much research has been done over the years by many different fields of medical research and has verified that nerve interference definitely has a negative effect on health.
Chiropractic treatment for pinched nerves.
Chiropractors use a range of skills and methods to determine if the patient has a pinched nerve, what is causing it, and how to reduce the pressure or interference on the nerve in order to decrease or remove the patient’s symptoms.
A pinched nerve can also occur in other parts of the body, such as in the wrist. This may cause wrist or hand symptoms that may seem like carpal tunnel syndrome.
Talk to a chiropractor if you are concerned about a health problem that seems like it may be a pinched nerve. Great results can occur faster than you may think. We are here to help.