What Is a Pinched Nerve?

Used correctly, the term ‘pinched nerve’ describes pressure or irritation to a nerve originating in its surrounding bone, ligament, cartilage or muscles.

The nervous system is the means by which information is transmits around the body to and from the brain.  This permits communication to and from the skin, the arms and legs, and all other body parts, and enabling, for example, the movement of muscles and the monitoring of skin sensation. When a nerve becomes pinched, these vital communications are disrupted. This occurs when ever a nerve gets injured or damaged in some way, often caused by inflammation combined with a degree of pressure.

Do I Have Pinched Nerve?

Be careful not to misread your symptoms and wrongly assume you have a pinched nerve. Because of the way your spine is designed a number of circumstances can affect the delicate tissues of the spinal cord and your nerve roots, causing them to function abnormally.  These include toxic chemicals, physical trauma and emotional tensions.  In these circumstances many patients consult a chiropractor because (wrongly) they think they have a pinched nerve.

The fact is that a pinched nerve (technically a compressive lesion) is actually rare. Research shows, for example, that no more than 15% of problems associated with the spine are caused by direct pressure of bone on nerve tissue.  More often, nerves are irritated when nerve tissue is scraped, rubbed or stretched (technically a facilitative lesion) by a change in the spinal curve or by spinal joints not functioning correctly.

What Action Should I Take For Pinched Nerve ?

If you are in pain or discomfort, and you suspect you may be suffering from a compressed nerve the best course of action is to consult a chiropractor.

Wherever it is in the body it can be very painful and completely debilitating.  Painkillers can ease the pain and serve as temporary treatment, but do not provide a long term solution. Chiropractic treatment, in contrast, has proven effective, and your chiropractic physician “unpinches” the nerve and provides a permanent solution. And if you do not have a compressed nerve the chiropractor will be able to identify the source of the pain, deal with it and put your mind at rest anyway.

source; Anthem Chiropractic, by Dr. Derek Day – hendersonchiropractorcim.com


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