Chiropractic Care for Relief of Pinched Nerve Symptoms
Chiropractic care is focused on the treatment of problems that affect the nerves and muscles, relieving inflammation and irritation while promoting better mobility and pain-free movement and function. This makes them especially well-suited for the treatment of one of the most common medical complaints among patients of both sexes and all ages: Pinched nerves.
What is a pinched nerve?
The term “pinched nerve” really refers to a nerve that’s being compressed, usually by another structure like a bone, an organ or a tumor. Compression can occur anywhere along a nerve pathway, but most types of pinched nerve symptoms begin in or around the spine, where nerves exit the spine on their way to other parts of the body.
Disc problems are among the most common causes of nerve compression. Discs are spongy structures that separate each pair of spine bones or vertebrae, providing shock absorption and enabling the spine to remain flexible. But sometimes, a disc slips out of place and protrudes beyond the edge of the vertebrae, pressing on the nerves where they exit the spine at small spaces between the vertebrae. This pressure and irritation are what cause “pinched nerve” symptoms, including localized pain and aching in the back and neck as well as radiating symptoms of pain, numbness, tingling and “pins and needles” in the arms, legs, hands, feet and buttocks. pinched nerves can even contribute to chronic headaches and shoulder pain.
Other causes of pinched nerves include:
- spinal stenosis or stiffening of the spine and its ligaments (especially among older patients)
- spondylolisthesis (a condition that causes one vertebra to slip forward over another)
Older men and women and people who are overweight are also more prone to developing pinched nerves, as are people who have poor posture or spend long periods of time sitting or standing each day.
How Does a Chiropractor Relieve Pinched Nerve Symptoms?
A skilled chiropractor begins by carefully evaluating the patient, asking questions about the patient’s health, activity and symptoms, as well as performing a physical exam with active and passive movements to pinpoint the cause of nerve compression symptoms. Other assessments may also be performed or prescribed to confirm the pinched nerve diagnosis or to rule out other possible causes of symptoms.
In most cases, treatment will involve spinal adjustments using specific movements to gently coax discs back into place or to relieve other causes of nerve compression and irritation. Gentle traction also may be used in some cases. Massage and other hands-on techniques may be employed as supplemental therapy to stimulate circulation and promote lymphatic drainage to improve healing and reduce inflammation in the area. Plus, chiropractors can provide helpful lifestyle guidance and tips to relieve symptoms and prevent the pinched nerve from recurring.
Schedule an Appointment with our Cumming Chiropractor, Dr. Forrest Watts today!
Dr. Forrest Watts, D.C., is a top-rated chiropractor in Cumming, GA, offering comprehensive, holistic care for patients suffering from pinched nerves and other issues affecting the spine and the nervous system. Relief from your pinched nerve pain begins with a consultation and evaluation. Call (770) 886-7070 and schedule your visit today.