There are a number of conditions that can be labeled as being a pinched nerve. It is a phrase used to describe pain resulting from various conditions. Everything from tunnel syndromes to subluxations can be described as a pinched nerve. Chiropractic care has a high success rate with this condition.
Lakeside Sports Chiropractic Center and Motorsports Rehab – located in Cornelius, NC – can help with pain caused by a pinched nerve at the skilled hands of Dr. Jen Lidstrom. No matter the cause of your pinched nerve, our chiropractic care can help get you on the road to recovery. To schedule your appointment, contact Lakeside Sports Chiropractic Center today.
This condition is the nerve being irritated or inflamed. It’s not really pinched. This condition can occur when a body’s joints or muscles in the spine are not in their proper alignment. The nerve may not be able to move as required by the body. This misalignment of the spine creates pressure and may irritate a spinal nerve. This nerve controls and coordinates various areas of the body. Subluxation can cause a person to experience pain and muscle spasms.
A spinal disc provides a cushion between bones in the spine. It is designed to operate like a shock absorber. A spinal disc can begin to degenerate. It will lose its height or become thinner. There is a hole where the nerve come out in the spinal disc. It is called the intervertebral foramina. Disc degeneration will cause the size of this hole to decrease. The nerve will have less room to move. Pressure will be put on the nerve. This can cause intense back pain.
This is also referred to as degenerative joint disease. Degeneration can cause bone to crowd into the intervertebral foramina. This will decrease the size of the hole. It will put pressure on the nerve and cause pain.
Disc Herniation or Protrusion
With this condition, a spinal disc is sticking out. It is pushing up and coming close to the nerve. The nerve is irritated. Pain will go down into the arms and legs as well as other parts of the body. Regular movement will make the protruding disc rub against the nerve causing intense pain. The more the protrusion, the greater the pain experienced.
When a person appears to have the symptoms of a pinched nerve, a variety of tests will be conducted. Reflexes will be tested as well as sensory testing. A number of neurological and orthopedic testing may be conducted. An electromyogram is able to determine the electrical energy within a nerve. An infrared scan can observe the nerves as they are in other organs. X-rays may be taken to determine what a person’s spinal alignment look like and evaluate for any disc degeneration. This can also reveal the presence of osteoarthritis.
Once a chiropractor has determined the exact cause for the pinched nerve, they will develop a treatment plan. It is possible they will perform a chiropractic adjustment. An adjustment will be made to correct any misalignment or bad position of the spine. Once the spine is in a better position, the joints will have increased motion.
The goal will be to remove pressure from the nerve. A program of rehabilitative exercise can be developed. This will help to stabilize and strengthen the area of the spine that is being affected. Deep-tissue massage therapy, as well as trigger point therapy, are also effective. The treatments will be created to correct any underlying problems and keep them from progressing