How Chiropractic Care Can Help Pinched Nerves
By Sara Butler
Dealing with a pinched nerve can be quite painful. They can cause problems that are temporary or go on for quite some time. They’re normally caused by disc issues in the spine, putting pressure on the spinal nerves resulting in pain. Where you feel the pain depends upon where the nerve is being pinched. Here’s what you need to know about treating a pinched nerve and how your chiropractor at The Joint can help you resolve this painful issue.
What Causes a Pinched Nerve?
The nerves in your body extend from your brain, down your spinal cord, and then to your extremities. They send messages throughout your entire body. When these nerves become compressed, pain often occurs. But how does the nerve become compressed or pinched to begin with?
There are many things that can contribute to a pinched nerve. Often, repetitive motions can lead to nerve compression in the narrow spaces they travel through in joints without a lot of protection from soft tissues. Another reason for a pinched nerve is a bulging or herniated disc in the back. Your chiropractor can help to determine what is causing the problem so it can be addressed along with your pain.
What You Should Look For
There are many symptoms that can be associated with a pinched nerve. These include:
- Pain, usually in the lower back, neck, or legs
- Radiating pain that travels down an extremity
- Tingling or numbness
- A burning sensation
- Weakness in the limbs during activities
How Pinched Nerves are Treated
Drugs can help to reduce inflammation and help you deal with pain but they won’t address the underlying problem causing the pain in the first place. At The Joint Chiropractic, the focus is placed on eliminating the root cause of the pain and restoring you to full health. Chiropractors often use spinal adjustments in combination with other therapies such as heat/cold therapy, stretching, and exercise to help your body to heal and work as it should. The focus isn’t just on pain management but on overall health and wellness.
If you’re experiencing pain that you think may be related to a pinched nerve, don’t wait to get help. Come into The Joint today and have an assessment by one of our chiropractors to help get you on the road to recovery and wellness!
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Los Angeles, Calif.