Chiropractic Care for Pinched Nerve

Pinched Nerve

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.”

Finding, treating and preventing pinched nerves

At Frederick Chiropractic Wellness Center in Frederick, we 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 pinched nerves,  and provide specific 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 other 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 is a pinched nerve?

Your spine is designed to allow a certain amount of turning and bending while keeping the nerve supply open. The spinal cord is protected by 24 bones and nerves extend off each side of the spinal cord at each segmental level to its corresponding organs. Just like a hose, when a nerve is being compressed, or pinched, it impairs your body’s ability to function at its full potential.

Causes of pinched nerves

Sharp, tight, or tingling pain is often given the generic diagnosis of “Pinched nerve.”   But how and why do these 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 by muscle spasms, fascia adhesions, scar tissue, or restricted movement in the joints they pass through.  This can lead to pain and symptoms associated with carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, and peripheral neuropathy. Neuropathy can also be caused by 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.”

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