Chiropractic Care for Neuropathy & Pinched Nerves

Neuropathy (aka "Pinched Nerves")

Are you experiencing numbness or decreased sensation in certain areas of your body?  Do you have sharp, burning or aching pain in one area? 

If so, you may have what is commonly called a “pinched nerve” or “neuropathy”

Diagnosing, Treating, and Preventing Neuropathy

We will do a thorough history and examination of your spine, muscles, and joints to understand how your body is working.  This allows us to find the causes of the nerve inflammation,  and provide the proper treatment and rehabilitation to get you moving and healthy again. 

Common treatment for nerve pain at Frederick Chiropractic Wellness Center includes

  • Chiropractic adjustments to the spine and joints to take tension off of the nerves and muscles
  • Exercises to strengthen and mobilize the areas where the nerve is being compressed
  • Frequency Specific Microcurrent to reduce pain and inflammation of the nerve and the surrounding muscles and fascia
  • Nutritional support to reduce inflammation and promote healing of the damaged areas.

What Causes Neuropathy and Pinched Nerves?

Sharp, tight, or tingling pain is often given the generic diagnosis of “Pinched nerve.”   

How and why does this happen?  Understanding where and why the nerve is being “pinched” and inflamed is the key to fixing nerve pain. 

Most often people think of nerves as being “pinched” as they exit your spine between the vertebrae.  This can happen, and is usually due to structural problems like a herniated disc, or degenerative changes  that decrease the space for nerve movement between the spinal joints. 

Nerves can also be compressed and irritated anywhere along their path from the spine to the rest of the body.  Muscle spasms, fascia adhesions, scar tissue, or restricted movements in the joints they pass through can irritate the nerve, causing pain, tingling, or weakness.  This can lead to pain and symptoms often diagnosed as carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, and peripheral neuropathy.  Neuropathy can also be caused by general systemic inflammation and even some medications.

It’s important to note that these do not usually show up on x-rays or MRI.  Even EMG studies (where needles are inserted to measure nerve conduction) can be unreliable.   Many people are frustrated when their doctor tells them “there’s nothing wrong.”  This is why we rely on your history and a thorough physical evaluation to figure out the causes of pain and neuropathy, then provide the most appropriate treatment and rehabilitation.

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