Impinged Nerve

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Impinged Nerve

Relieving Pain Caused by an Impinged Nerve

An impinged nerve, or a pinched nerve, generally occurs when a nerve experiences excess pressure by surrounding tissues, including bones, tendons, muscles, or cartilage. This undue pressure disrupts the function of the nerve, which causes pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling.

A pinched nerve can happen at a number of different sites throughout the body. For example, a herniated disk in the lower spine can put excess pressure on a person´s nerve root, thereby causing intense pain that shoots down the back of their leg. Similarly, a pinched nerve in the wrist can result in both numbness and pain in the fingers and hand, otherwise known as carpal tunnel syndrome.

Most individuals can naturally heal from a pinched nerve with conservative treatments and enough rest within a relatively short amount of time. However, sometimes more serious cases call for surgery in order to relieve the pain.

Pinched Nerve Symptoms

Key symptoms of a pinched nerve include the following:
  • Intense burning or aching pain that can shoot outward
  • Decreased sensation or numbness
  • Feeling of ´pins and needles´, known as paresthesia
  • Recurring feeling that a hand or foot is ´falling asleep´
  • Muscle weakness in the target area

How an Impinged Nerve is Treated

Chiropractic care is very effective in treating and relieving the pain of pinched nerves in various ways. Usually, pinched nerves are caused by a herniated disc, a bulging disc, or tense muscles. However, they can also result from a bony impingement, which indicates there may be a joint pressing on the nerve.

Chiropractic therapy can alleviate this excess pressure from the nerve and provide great relief from impinged nerve pain. Also, the pain from a pinched nerve isn´t just local. For instance, neck pain can travel down into a person´s arm or pinched nerve pain in the lower back can radiate down into the leg. Chiropractors help ease these sharp pains by diminishing the excess pressure on the nerves by first changing the position of the bones and relaxing the muscles.

Chiropractors Relieve Nerve Pain

The role of a chiropractor is to examine the spine of a patient in order to clinically determine the severity of the impinged nerve as well as to check the degree of nerve compression around and in the vertebrae in the back and neck. Chiropractors work to safely and gently realign the spine to its optimal position, thereby easing undue pressure on the target nerves and bringing much pain relief in order to help the patient function with greater efficiency.  Dr. Amidror of Spinous offers chiropractic and spinal decompression therapy, including treatments for an impinged nerve. Conveniently located in New Rochelle, Spinous serves clients in Westchester County, Fairfield and the Bronx.

Chronic nerve pain can be very serious. When nerves are out of place, it can negatively impact the immune system resulting in poor overall health, illness, and a number of other physical issues. Everything in the body is inter-connected. Therefore, one seemingly small pinched nerve can develop into something much more serious over time if left untreated. What may simply start out as an irritation can turn into something far worse. But, getting good chiropractic treatment is step one towards returning to optimal health and happiness. The sooner a nagging pinched nerve is treated, the sooner realignment and great relief will come.
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