Our chiropractors have treated many patients with pinched nerves here at Back on Track Chiropractic. There are also many conditions out there that are similar to the pain one may experience with pinched nerves. We also understand that many patients have many questions in which we will be glad to answer. Our team is committed to providing quality care to patients in Hoover, Homewood, Mountain Brook, Birmingham, and Vestavia Hills.
What Is a Pinched Nerve?
A condition that results in pressure against a nerve from bone, cartilage, tendons, muscle, or displaced tissue is known as a pinched nerve. This pressure is usually referred to as compression. It causes the pinched nerve to release pain signals to the brain.
What Causes a Pinched Nerve?
There are so many things that may result in a pinched nerve. It can be the result of bone spurs or herniated or bulging discs. Inflamed facet joints may also cause pinched nerves. These are joints located in the spine that gives you the ability to twist and bend your back. If these joints become inflamed, they can put pressure on surrounding nerves.
What Symptoms Do Patients Experience with Pinched Nerves?
Pain is usually the main symptom experienced with pinched nerves. Pinched nerves may also cause numbness, weakness, or tingling in areas of the body which surround the affected nerves. For example, if you are suffering from a pinched nerve in your back, you may experience pain in your buttocks, pack, and that pain may travel down into one leg. Back pain, however, is one of the most prominent symptoms of pinched nerves.
Are There Risk Factors for Developing a Pinched Nerve?
Certain factors may increase your risk of developing a pinched nerve. For example, developing a pinched nerve is relatively high for those living with osteoarthritis since joints become enlarged, which makes the risk of bone spurs developing relatively higher. A person's body mass, posture, age, and even genetic background can increase their likelihood of developing a pinched nerve. Pinched nerves may also develop from overuse of particular joints, such as repetitive motions of the shoulder.
How Can a Chiropractor Help My Pinched Nerve?
Chiropractic treatment for a pinched nerve consists of decreasing pressure on the nerve that is affected. Normally, a chiropractor will use chiropractic adjustments to help with the decompression of the disc. Traction machines or decompression machines are also used if more treatment is needed. These machines help to relieve back and neck pain even more.
Contact Us Today for Treatment
If you are suffering from joint pain, our team is here to help. Give us a call here at Back on Track Chiropractic to schedule an appointment today. Find out how we help patients in and around Birmingham, Homewood, Hoover, Mountain Brook, and Vestavia Hills live pain-free.