It is common for a patient to come to our office saying they have been diagnosed with a pinched nerve, or that they feel like they have a pinched nerve. A pinched nerve can be irritated due to compression from inflammation (disc), or be pinched by a spinal vertebra.
A pinched nerve can occur anywhere along the spine (cervical spine = neck, thoracic spine = upper to mid-back, lumbar spine = lower back). The most common areas are the cervical and lumbar spines.
Some Symptoms of Pinched Nerves
- Pain throughout the spine
- Intense migraines or headaches
- Pain going down the arm or leg
- Numbness, tingling, or burning sensation in the arms, legs, or even into the fingers and toes
- Neck Pain
- Lower Back Pain
- Muscle Spasms
Altered Activities Due To a Pinched Nerve
- Decreased mobility
- Trouble sitting for long periods of time
- Trouble going from sitting to standing
When someone has a pinched nerve, because the nerves control the body by sending signals to the internal organs and muscles, their body can’t communicate and heal itself. It can also lead to other health problems.
So, How Did I Get a Pinched Nerve?
1. Subluxation or spinal misalignment can cause a pinched nerve.
A subluxation is a misalignment of a spinal bone (vertebra) that interferes with the messages traveling over the nerve. This causes a nervous system disruption resulting in abnormal communication within the body. When that happens, malfunction of the organs, glands, or muscles begins to occur.
2. Disc degeneration can cause a pinched nerve.
There is a shock absorber and spacer between each spinal bone (vertebra); these are known as “discs.” Sometimes the disc begins to degenerate due to stress. When a disc starts to degenerate, it becomes thinner and, in turn, reduces the space where the nerve exits the spinal canal, resulting in a pinched nerve.
3. Osteoarthritis can cause a pinched nerve.
Osteoarthritis is a form of arthritis that is due to excessive wear and tear. Osteoarthritis can cause bone spurs to grow. These bone spurs can grow into the space where the nerve exits the spinal canal, resulting in a pinched nerve
4. Any disc bulge or herniation can cause pinched nerves.
A disc bulge or herniation occurs when some part of the disc leaves the disc space. The most common area for that to happen is right where the spinal nerve root exits the spinal canal. This often leads to a pinched nerve.
Regardless of the reason for the pinched nerve, all four of these reasons are initially silent and develop over time. So, you may have just started feeling the symptoms of the pinched nerve, but it has likely been developing over months, years, sometimes even decades!
How a Chiropractor Can Help With a Pinched Nerve
Chiropractors focus on detecting and correcting spinal bones that have misaligned and are locked out of place, which is damaging the spinal nerves, discs, and interfering with vital nerve messages. By locating these areas commonly known as vertebral subluxations, a chiropractor addresses the issue at the root, not the surface, resulting in:
- Reduced pain and discomfort
- Decreased swelling
- Improved range of motion
- Greater flexibility
- Increased ability to be active and return to a former lifestyle
Not only does correcting vertebral subluxations result in the above improvements, but the damage to the spinal bones, spinal discs, and spinal nerves can now also heal, positively impacting how the rest of your body functions as well.
If you are having problems with a pinched nerve and are looking for a chiropractor in Greenville, feel free to give us a call at 864-322-2828 or check out our website to learn more about the many advantages of chiropractic care.