What Should I Do If I Have a Pinched nerve?
Many people turn to chiropractic care for safe, effective treatment of “pinched nerves.” While a pinched nerve usually responds very well to chiropractic care, it is actually a relatively rare condition. In true cases of pinched nerve, you will feel tingling, numbness, and possibly even weakness due to pressure and inflammation on a nerve from bulging discs or bone spurs along the spine. Pressure on these pinched nerves can cause your symptoms to travel away from the spine, along the course of the nerve. The nerves of the neck travel down the shoulder and extend into the arm, hand, and fingers. This is why so many neck problems cause symptoms to radiate into the arm and hand. The nerves of the low back join to form the sciatic nerve, which travels down the leg into the foot. This is why a pinched nerve of the low back with symptoms radiating down the leg is often called “sciatica.” More common than nerves being “pinched” by bone spurs or discs, nerves can very often become irritated by restricted and misaligned joints and/or trigger points. These nerve irritations can cause pain, and even numbness and tingling as well.
A thorough examination including orthopedic and neurologic testing and X-ray or MRI studies, if necessary, will help to determine your exact diagnosis and individualized treatment plan. Manipulation or adjustment of the spinal and extremity joints is very effective in restoring normal function to the joints, as well as to the surrounding muscles and nerves. This usually leads to a decrease in pain and faster recovery. In order to get faster pain relief and longer-lasting results, part of your treatment may also include some combination of the following: physical therapy services, homeopathy, cold laser therapy, acupuncture, and massage, myofascial, & manual therapies. Also, the doctor may arrange for on-site evaluation of your workout routine and/or workplace to correct improper ergonomic conditions, which may be aggravating your condition.
If you are experiencing the symptoms of pinched nerve described above, we recommend that you contact us to schedule an appointment as quickly as possible. If you prefer an integrated approach utilizing both natural and conventional medical treatment, then we will be happy to refer you to and/or co-manage your condition with the appropriate medical specialist or other health care provider. If your condition would be more appropriately managed by another health care provider, a prompt referral would be made. However, surgery is rarely needed and should only be considered if conservative therapy fails.
Contact us if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment.