Treating pinched nerves is common practice for chiropractors. Pinched nerves in the neck can cause pain, numbness and tingling and weakness in the arms and hands. When the pinched nerve occurs in the lower back, similar symptoms are found in the legs which are referred to as sciatica.
Whether the pinched nerve is in the neck or in the low back it is extremely uncomfortable and makes treating pinched nerves a priority for the patient. Pinched nerves can be caused by several different processes. Sometimes the joints will be injured or strained which causes inflammation. The pressure from this process pinches the nerve and causes us to develop symptoms. In other cases, arthritis causes bone spurs to form that can pinch the nerve where it exits the spine. Another common cause of pinched nerves is a disc bulge which is also referred to as a herniated disc or sometimes as a “slipped disc”. Pinched nerves can cause pain and disability leaving you incapable of performing the simplest of tasks. Pinched nerves in the neck can result in a loss of grip strength which leads to loss of endurance, clumsiness and lack of coordination. A pinched nerve in the lower back (sciatica) can cause weakness and instability in the legs making walking difficult and running impossible. Aside from possible lost strength in the arms and legs, the pain that is associated with a pinched nerve can be debilitating on its own. With time, pinched nerves can even lead to a loss of muscle tone and muscle mass.
Treating Pinched Nerves with Chiropractic
Treating pinched nerves with chiropractic treatment is successful in most cases. Even if the pinched nerve is caused by a herniated disc, many times patients improve with chiropractic treatment. Chiropractic techniques for treating a pinched nerve revolve around improving range of motion of the affected joints and reducing inflammation around the pinched nerve. Chiropractic care is a safe and conservative approach for many patients suffering with pinched nerves because treatment from a chiropractor does not involve the use of drugs, painful injections or surgeries that can have prolonged recovery times and less than satisfactory outcomes.