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Everything You Need to Know About Pinched Nerves

Pinched Nerves

Pinched nerves are a common type of injury that is treated using chiropractic care. A pinched nerve occurs when excessive pressure is applied by the muscles, tendons, or cartilage near the nerve. Excessive pressure disrupts the functioning of the nerve.

When the nerve is not functioning correctly, it is referred to as a pinched nerve. This condition can be accompanied by numbness, a tingling sensation, pain, or even weakness in the affected area.

Pinched nerves can occur at any number of locations on the body. However, the most common areas where people experience pinched nerves are their backs. For instance, a herniated disc in the lower back can put excessive pressure on the nerve cause pain that extends down the back and into one or both legs.

Similarly, a pinched nerve in the upper back in the shoulder region could cause pain that extends down the arm and into the hands. Most people fully recover from pinched nerves within a few weeks with chiropractic care treatments Brampton.

Symptoms of Pinched Nerves

Some of the more common signs that could indicate you have a pinched nerve include:

  • A tingling sensation, like you, experience when your leg or arm is “asleep” and you notice the sensations of pins and needles.
  • Soreness and pain radiate outwards away from the location where the nerve is pinched.
  • Reduced feeling in the area where the nerve is pinched, such as a feeling of numbness or not being able to sense touch.
  • A frequent feeling that your arm or leg is “asleep” even though there is no restriction to the blood flow to the limbs.

Causes for Pinched Nerves

Several causes exist that could cause the nerve to become compressed and pinched, such as:

  • Auto Accidents
  • Work Accidents
  • Slips, Trips, and Falls
  • Stress on the Nerve from Repetitive Activities
  • Weight and Fitness Training Accidents
  • Obesity
  • Arthritis
  • Improper lifting

Treatment for Pinched Nerves

Chiropractic care is one of the most prescribed treatments for pinched nerves. The objective of chiropractic care is to pinpoint the location of the pinched nerve. It is worth mentioning that you could have pain and discomfort in one area of your body, yet the pinched nerve is located someplace else.

Once the location of the pinched nerve is located, chiropractic care treatments are designed to help alleviate the compression on the nerve. Manual manipulation, spinal decompression, massage therapy, hot and cold therapies, and exercise are common forms of treatments that work to alleviate a pinched nerve.

For most people, regular chiropractic care treatments help them fully recover and strengthen the area that was affected to help reduce the risks of future pinched nerves in that location. In extreme cases, surgery could be required but should be your last option.

Experiencing a pinched nerve is not pleasant and can be rather uncomfortable with underlying pain, numbness, and tingling sensations. If you suspect you have a pinched nerve, please feel free to contact Active Life Wellness Center in Brampton at (905) 458-6677 to schedule an appointment with one of our chiropractors today!