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Chiropractic Treatment for Pinched Nerves

By Sara Butler

Your nerves are the way your brain communicates with the rest of your body. They help to send signals and impulses to every single piece of your body and back to your brain. Because they’re so important, they’re found everywhere in your body and when something goes wrong with your nerves, then it can cause some intense pain. One of the most common problems people encounter is pinched nerves, but they’re not something you simply have to live with. Here’s how chiropractic care can help you if you ever experience a pinched nerve.

What is a Pinched Nerve?

When a nerve becomes pinched it means that there’s too much pressure placed on it. This pressure may be due to one of several things, including:

  • Injuries from repetitive motions
  • Injuries from a fall or accident
  • Quick, sudden movements that cause the body to move in an unnatural position
  • Inflammation from conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome or arthritis
  • Compression, such as falling asleep in a strange position

It most common for pinched nerves to occur in places on the body where the nerves must travel through a small or narrow space. A great example of this is carpal tunnel syndrome, in which the nerves run through the wrists along with other structures such as tendons, ligaments, bone, and muscle. If any of those structures become irritated and inflamed, it can compress the nerves and cause pain.

The Symptoms

How do you know if you have a pinched nerve? These symptoms may occur:

  • Pain that radiates
  • Throbbing
  • Burning
  • Inflammation
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Numbness
  • Weakness
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Weakness
  • Tingling (pins and needles feeling)

Are You at Risk?

There are things that can increase your risk of experiencing issues with pinched nerves. The biggest risk factors include:

  • Poor posture
  • Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis
  • Bone spurs
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Thyroid disease
  • Physical labor for work
  • Repetitive motions
  • Heredity
  • Pregnancy

Chiropractic Therapy

If you suspect you have a pinched nerve, discuss it with the chiropractors at The Joint. They can determine if your symptoms are due to a pinched nerve or some other condition, then they can work with you to create a treatment plan to help relieve your symptoms and address the underlying cause of your pain and discomfort.

You don’t have to live with the pain of a pinched nerve. Come into The Joint Chiropractic today!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

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