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Do You Have a Pinched Nerve?

By Sara Butler

Are you worried you may have a pinched nerve? Luckily, the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic know a thing or two about pinched nerves and want to pass their knowledge on to you. If you're worried about developing a pinched nerve or suspect you already have one, then here's what you need to know.

What is a Pinched Nerve?

A nerve becomes pinched when it gets pressed on by structures surrounding it. Those structures can include things such as muscles, bones, tendons, or ligaments. Even the spinal discs can press down on a nerve, which pinches it. When this type of imbalance occurs, then you may have symptoms.

The Symptoms of a Pinched Nerve

Some people have one symptom with a pinched nerve, some have several, while others may have none. It's a completely individual thing, but if you do experience symptoms, then you may notice:

  • Aching pain
  • Sharp pain
  • Numbness
  • A burning sensation
  • Muscle weakness

Common Causes

So, how do you develop a pinched nerve? There are several ways! The most common include:

  • Joint dysfunctions
  • Joint restrictions
  • Injuries
  • Repetitive injuries
  • Overuse injuries
  • Obesity
  • Improper posture
  • Arthritis
  • Lifting objects that are heavy

When you pinch a nerve doing one of these things, you may not notice anything at first. But after a time, you may notice one of the symptoms. If that should happen, then it's time to get into The Joint Chiropractic for an evaluation. There are things the chiropractors can do to help you find relief or prevent the pinched nerve from happening in the first place.

How the Chiropractor Can Help

At The Joint Chiropractic, the chiropractors see many people with complaints of minor pain. Most people want fast relief, which is why they first may reach for over-the-counter pain relievers. Those will only mask the pain while the pinched nerve continues to get worse. That's why it's crucial no matter how minor your pain to see the chiropractors at The Joint so they can evaluate you.

If it's discovered you have a pinched nerve, then the chiropractors can perform chiropractic adjustments to help return your joints to their normal positions, hopefully freeing the pinched nerve and helping you find permanent relief. They can also discuss with you how to avoid pinched nerves from happening in the future to help you stay free from pain.

Don't ignore pain you may be experiencing. Instead, get it checked out at The Joint today.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Fort Worth, Tex.

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