A pinched nerve happens when a bone or other tissue presses against a nerve. Doctors know that pinched nerves exert excess pressure to a nerve can cause pain and other signs and symptoms. Some signs of a pinched nerve indicate a serious problem that could cause you to experience severe or long-term symptoms. In some cases, the symptoms of a pinched nerve can mimic other conditions.
In general, the signs of a pinched nerve are:
- Nerve pain
- Altered sensation, such as feeling “pins and needles” (paresthesia) or numbness (anesthesia)
- Muscle weakness
- Diminished reflexes
- Loss of bladder or bowel function
Nerve pain occurs at the point where the nerve is pinched. Tingling occurs because pinching a nerve disrupts the nerve’s communication with the brain. Numbness may start as tingling then turn into widespread numbness.
These may be signs of a serious problem that needs immediate medical attention. A pinched nerve can deteriorate, which means that an untreated pinched nerve can cause worsening signs and symptoms or symptoms that persist for a long time.
Chiropractor Discusses Signs of a Pinched Nerve
A pinched nerve causes signs and symptoms, which pinched nerve doctors call “radiculopathy". Our Patients commonly refer to this as either neck pain or back pain. A pinched nerve can happen anywhere in your body. Perhaps the best-known type of pinched nerve is the sciatic nerve; a pair of sciatic nerves extends from your spinal cord and each sciatic nerve runs down one leg. Carpal tunnel syndrome is an example of a pinched nerve in the wrist, which can cause pain, weakness, numbness and tingling in the hand and fingers.
The first sign of a pinched nerve is often localized pain in the neck, which means you feel pain at the point where the nerve becomes pinched. A pinched nerve may also cause neck pain in areas that are far away from the point of pressure. These symptoms can include pain, numbness, burning, tingling, muscle spasms, and muscle weakness of the neck.
Symptoms of a Pinched Nerve in the Neck
The specific symptoms of a pinched nerve largely depend on the exact location of the pinched nerve. You may experience a pinched nerve in your neck, which pinched nerve doctors call “cervical radiculopathy.” A pinched nerve in your neck will cause symptoms in your neck, shoulders, biceps, forearms, fingers, hands and different muscle groups in your upper body. Signs of a pinched nerve in your neck include arm pain, weakness, and poor reflexes.
Symptoms of a Pinched Nerve in the Middle and Lower Back
A pinched nerve in your middle back, an area of your body known as your thoracic spine, will cause symptoms in your upper or middle back. These symptoms can radiate, or spread, through your stomach or chest in a way that can be easily confused for heart problems. The back pain associated with this is a common condition our chiropractors see.
When you experience a pinched in your lumbar spine, which is your lower back, you might experience symptoms in your lower back, buttocks, hips, legs and in your feet. A pinched nerve in your lumbar spine may be the result of a problem with a disc, which is a rubbery cushion that prevents the bones of your spine from grinding against each other or against nerves as you move. Discs can sometimes bulge outwards to press against nerves to cause symptoms. Arthritis, bone spurs, or swelling from a ligament injury can also cause signs of a pinched nerve.
Your Los Angeles and Orange County Pinched Nerve Doctor
If you have a pinched nerve and need treatment to relieve pain and improve function, make an appointment with our doctors at Zaker Chiropractic. Our chiropractors offer a wide variety of services to diagnose pinched nerves and provide personalized care for the treatment of pinched nerves without the use of surgery. Zaker Chiropractic has several locations to serve you. Call (949) 734-4454 for an appointment in Newport Pain & Wellness in Newport Beach, (424) 235-1562 for South Bay Pain & Wellness in Torrance, or (310) 831-0003 Ext. 1 for an appointment with San Pedro Pain & Wellness in San Pedro. Each clinic offers a full range of services to treat your pinched nerves.