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Pinched Nerves

Pinched nerve in the neckMost people have heard the phrase "pinched nerve," and as a chiropractor, I regularly deal with patients that experience pain and other symptoms of a pinched nerve. Symptoms of a pinched nerve such as pain, numbness, or a tingling sensation are very common and most people will experience it.

Relief from Pinched Nerve Pain

The pain we experience from a pinched nerve is the result of irritation to the nerve. This may be the result of an injury, pressure on the nerve, or inflammation. Depending on the source of your pain, chiropractic care and/or Active Release Techniques (A.R.T.) may be used to correct the problem and bring relief from pain.

Leaving the cause of your pinched nerve(s) untreated will lead to further degeneration and continued pain. It is recommended that you seek prompt attention and care at our office to quickly find relief from your pain and prevent further degeneration.

Five Causes of Pinched Nerves

  1. Subluxation or Misalignment of the Spine.
    The most common cause of a pinched nerve is a misalignment of the spinal vertebrae know as a subluxation. The nerves come down through the spinal and then exit the spine at various locations and then travel throughout the body. When the vertebrae become misaligned, the bone can rub on the nerves, put pressure on the nerves, or compress the nerves. This causes pain and irritation. Since the nerves control and coordinate how your body functions, a pinched nerve can cause the function of your muscles and organ to deteriorate.

    Nerves running through the bodySubluxations are very common, particularly in the neck and lower back, and can be caused to something as simple as sleeping in the wrong position, or lifting something improperly or at the wrong angle.

  2. Injury and Soft-Tissue Inflammation
    Accidents and falls can cause subluxations as well as inflammation to injured muscles and soft-tissue. Often the inflammation and swelling can put pressure on the nerves causing pain. In addition, chronically overworked muscles can knot up and cause radiating pain. Active Release Techniques (A.R.T.) can help speed up your rate of healing while chiropractic care corrects the subluxations.

  3. Osteoarthritis can Cause Pain and Nerve Damage
    Osteoarthritis is a degenerative form of bony arthritis that affects the joints throughout the body including the spinal joints. Osteoarthritis can generate bone spurs that press on, or rub against the nerves as they exit the intervertebral foramina — the opening in the spine that nerves exit through.

  4. Disc Degeneration
    Between each of the spinal vertebrae, there is a disc whose function is to be a spacer and cushion. If this disc starts to degenerate and become thinner, the available space for the nerves to exit the spine at the intervertebral foramina becomes less, which can put direct pressure on the nerves. Disc degeneration can be caused by subluxations that are not corrected, injuries to the spine, or when the proper range of movement of the spine is impeded. This is a reason why many people seek chiropractic wellness care to ensure proper movement in the spine and correction of any subluxations.

  5. Spinal Disc Protrusion or Disc Herniation
    Damage to the spinal discs can cause the nucleus pulposus (the internal gel-like substance in the center of the disc) to push out against the fibrous outer ring of the disc (known as the annulus fibrosis) to protrude into the spinal canal, restricting the space available to the nerves. When the pressure on the spinal disc becomes great enough, the nucleus can herniate out making contact with the nerves of the spinal cord and cause irritation and pain.

Chiropractic Care for Pinched Nerves

Dr. Gary Olson treats patients experiencing pinched nerves and pain from pinched nerves on a regular basis. He will work to identify the underlying cause and location of your pinched nerve(s) and then prescribe a protocol to correct that problem and bring you relief from pain.

Pinched nerves should be treated and cared for as soon as possible so there is no further degeneration. Treatment may include chiropractic adjustments, Active Release Therapy, cold laser therapy, massage therapy, as well as stretching and other techniques depending on the underlying cause of your pinched nerve. These treatments will provide relief from pinched nerve pain, and are designed to correct the cause of your problem and prevent any further degeneration.

Call Dr. Gary Olson at 631.462.0917 and arrange a consultation today. If any of your friends or family can benefit from this article. please recommend and share this article.

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