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What Is a Pinched Nerve?

A pinched nerve is a nerve under pressure. This pressure often comes from surrounding bone or soft tissues. A nerve under enough pressure will lose its ability to carry accurate signals, and its wayward signals can cause a variety of sensations in the body. For example, when a nerve is pinched or compressed, it can trigger the nerve to falsely signal pain. The compression also can limit the nerve’s ability to control the muscles it serves.

One of the most common places for a pinched nerve to occur is within the spine. The vertebral column surrounds nerve roots that innervate areas throughout the body, controlling muscle movements and sensations. These nerve roots are especially vulnerable to being pinched within the tightly packed spinal canal.

What Causes a Pinched Nerve?

The four main causes of a pinched nerve are:

  • Subluxation or misalignment in neck
  • Disc degeneration
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Disc herniation

Chiropractic Treatment for Pinched Nerve

Chiropractic treatment has been proven to be most effective for pinched nerves, because it concentrates on spinal adjustments and checking specifically for compression or constriction of nerves between vertebrae. Finding and adjusting the specific area where the spinal bones are not moving correctly alleviates pinched nerves. This realignment of your spine will ease the pressure on the vulnerable nerves, allowing relief from pain and helping nerves function more effectively than before.

To learn more about how chiropractic treatment can alleviate pain caused by a pinched nerve, contact us today.