Pinched Nerve – Treatment and Causes

Pinched nerve illustrationPinched nerve” is a common term that is used to describe a variety of conditions. “Pinched nerves“ can be caused by spinal alignment or joint restriction issues, which in turn cause nerve dysfunction. This term is described as Dysafferentation, Slipped or Herniated discs, degenerative joint disease (which cause narrowing and nerve compression), and soft tissue problems (tight muscles, trigger points and connective tissue) can all also be related to “pinched nerves”. All of these conditions can be treated by your chiropractor.

Patients that suffer with “pinched nerves” will complain of neck or back pain, leg or arm pain, tingling, numbness or pins and needles, and weakness. Your chiropractor will do a thorough examination in order to diagnose what is causing the “pinched nerve” and treat accordingly. In the case of bulging or herniated discs, a more conservative approach is taken. In certain instances, a herniated disc may need further intervention such as an MRI, medication and/or referral to a specialist. Chiropractors look out for certain red flags, such as Cauda Equina syndrome. This is where patients lose bowel or bladder control. If a patient has serious neurological fall out and weakness, they will be immediately referred.