Our chiropractors treat many patients with pinched nerves or conditions cause symptoms similar to pinched nerve pain. These chiropractic patients usually have a lot of questions, which our chiropractors are always glad to answer. Here a few of the most common questions patients ask our chiropractors and their answers.
Chiropractor Answers FAQs about Pinched Nerve Pain
There are many reasons why one's neck may hurt. Our Chiropractors have years of experiencing diagnosing and treating these issues our patients endure. If any of the listed conditions or symptoms below match what you have, please call us to do a thorough, and free consultation to find out why your neck is in pain.
What is a pinched nerve?
A pinched nerve is a condition in which displaced tissue, such as a bone, cartilage, muscle or tendon, presses against a nerve. This pressure is, known as compression, causes the nerve to send pain signals to the brain.
What causes a pinched nerve?
A number of things may cause a pinched nerve. A pinched nerve may be the result of a bone spur, which is a bony projection that often develops where bones meet each other in the joints. Herniated discs or bulging discs may cause pinched nerves too. Discs are rubbery cushions that sit between the bones of the spine; these discs can bulge or ooze to press against nerves to cause nerve pain.
A pinched nerve may be the result of inflamed facet joints, which are the joints in the spine that allow you to bend and twist your back. Inflammation of these joints can press against nerves exiting your spine.
What are the symptoms of a pinched nerve?
A pinched nerve can cause pain and a variety of other symptoms. Pinched nerves can cause tingling, numbness or weakness in the area of the body served by the nerve. If you pinch a nerve in your lower back, for example, you might feel pain in your back, buttocks and down one leg. Back pain is a major symptom of a pinched nerve.
What are the risk factors for developing a pinched nerve?
Certain factors can increase your risk of developing a pinched nerve. Osteoarthritis can cause joints to become enlarged or increase the risk of bones spurs, for example. Age, posture, body mass and heredity may also increase the likelihood of experiencing a pinched nerve. Overuse of a joint can lead to pinched nerves, as can doing repetitive motions of the write or shoulder. Spinal injury can cause a pinched nerve resulting in back pain.
Whiplash is a common cause of neck pain after an auto accident, especially after a rear-end collision that causes a forceful back-and-forth whipping action of your neck. In fact, auto accidents are a major cause of whiplash.
The injury typically occurs when your head and neck move backward then forward suddenly, much like a whip cracking. The lightning-fast motion and extreme stresses involved in the auto accident can injure the bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, discs, and nerves in your neck.
Neck pain and other symptoms of whiplash typically develop within 24 hours, but they may not develop for several hours or even days after the auto accident or other incidents.
How does a Chiropractor Treat a pinched nerve?
Treatment for a pinched nerve depends largely on the cause of the pinched nerve. Treating a pinched nerve usually involves reducing pressure on the affected nerve. Many times, a chiropractic adjustment is used to decompress the disc. If more is needed, chiropractors use machines called traction or Decompression to help with back pain or neck pain relief even further.
Can a chiropractor treat pinched nerve pain?
Yes, chiropractors provide a variety of safe, effective treatments for pinched nerve pain. Chiropractic care and decompression therapy may involve spinal manipulation to alleviate pressure from a herniated disc or bulging disc. Massage therapy can ease pinched nerve pain caused by muscle tissue; massage therapy can also reduce muscle spasms associated with pinched nerve pain. Cryotherapy, which uses cold temperatures to produce therapeutic effects, can deaden pinched nerve pain. Our chiropractors can also provide physical therapy that includes exercises to stretch and strengthen the muscles in the affected area to relieve pressure on the nerve.
What should I do if I think I have a pinched nerve?
If you think you have a pinched nerve, consult with our chiropractors. A pinched nerve can prevent you from sleeping well, going to work, taking care of your family and enjoying your favorite hobbies. Left untreated, a pinched nerve can even cause the breakdown of a protective barrier surrounding the nerve, and this can lead to swelling, extra pressure and scarring that can interfere with the nerve’s function. The sooner you undergo treatment, the sooner you can return to your normal life.
Contact a Chiropractor in Los Angeles or Orange County to relieve yourself of pain
For more answers about pinched nerve pain or back pain, make an appointment with Zaker Chiropractic. Our chiropractors provide a wide variety of services to diagnose and treat pinched nerves. 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 for an appointment with San Pedro Pain & Wellness in San Pedro. Each clinic offers a multidisciplinary list of services.