A pinched nerve can occur at a number of sites in your body parts. A pinched nerve is when a nerve is under abnormal pressure. When abnormal pressure is applied to a nerve, it can disrupt the nerve’s function. Motor or sensory changes like reduced muscles strength, pain, tingling, numbness or weakness can result. For example, when a herniated disc occurs in your lower spine, and exerts pressure on a nerve root – this can cause pain that radiates down the back of your leg. Likewise, a pinched nerve in your wrist can lead to pain and numbness in your hand and fingers, a condition called carpal tunnel syndrome.
In general, a pinched nerve can cause:
- Numbness or reduced sensation in the area innervated by the nerve
- Sharp, aching or burning pain, which may radiate outward along the course of the nerve
- Tingling, pins and needles sensations (paraesthesia)
- Muscle weakness / reduced muscles strength
- Feeling of a foot or hand has “fallen asleep”
Some possible and common causes of pinched nerve, include:
- Herniated disc with nerve compression – by far the most common cause of radiculopathy
- Spinal stenosis – more common in elderly adults
- Repetitive mechanical stress to the nerve or surrounding tissues
- Nerve root injuries (Whiplash injuries)
- Local muscle spasm
- Scar tissue from previous spinal surgery that is affecting the nerve root
Can Chiropractic help with your “pinched nerve”?
Chiropractors are highly trained to diagnose, treat, and manage this problem effectively and conservatively. Conservative treatment like chiropractic spinal adjustment, spinal traction, soft tissue therapy and myofascial release are treatment options for individuals who want to avoid invasive surgical procedure. In many cases, there are good success from Chiropractic treatment, especially “pinched nerve” in the neck or the lower back. As mentioned, there are many potential causes that can result a nerve to get “pinched”. Chiropractors specialize in reducing these stressors to treat pinched nerves as well as prevent them. However, if nerve root compression is too severe, you might be referred to an orthopaedic doctor to discuss some other treatment options.