10 Common Pinched Nerve Symptoms and What to Do About Them

Are you suffering from radiculopathy or a pinched nerve? This condition happens when a nerve root along the spine or other body parts get pinched or irritated. Most people with noticeable pinched nerve symptoms suffer from intense tingling sensations and shocking pain because of pinched nerve symptoms. Many also note having issues like social withdrawal and depression because they can no longer move normally. Do you happen to share a similar experience? Do symptoms of pinched nerve get in the way of life? If you’re tired of feeling trapped because of radiculopathy pain, we encourage you to read on!

What Are The Most Common Symptoms Of A Pinched Nerve Or Radiculopathy?

Notably, pinched nerve symptoms can vary depending on where your affected nerves are. Here are a few examples of pinched nerve indications that patients often report: 

  1. Pain: This can be sharp, aching, or burning. The pain often starts in the neck or lower back and can radiate to other parts (like from the neck down the arm or from the back down the leg).
  2. Numbness: Otherwise known as a lack of sensation in the area supplied by the affected nerve.
  3. Tingling or "Pins and Needles" Sensation: Patients often describe this as a feeling similar to a limb "falling asleep."
  4. Muscle Weakness: This refers to decreased strength in the muscles the affected nerve supplies.
  5. Loss of Reflexes: Diminished or absent reflexes when tested in clinical examination.
  6. Sensation Changes: Hyperesthesia (increased sensitivity) or hypoesthesia (decreased sensitivity) in the skin areas served by the nerve.
  7. Muscle Atrophy: If the compression persists for a long time, the muscles supplied by the nerve may begin to waste away.
  8. Difficulty Moving: Due to pain or muscle weakness, individuals might struggle with certain movements or activities.
  9. Neck or Back Pain: This is especially true if the radiculopathy originates from a spinal nerve root.
  10. Radiating Pain: The pain can spread along the nerve pathway and may feel like it's traveling or shooting to the rest of the body.

What are the Causes of Pinched Nerve Symptoms?

Knowing the cause of your condition can help you effectively address them by getting proper care. Several reasons can cause radiculopathy, including:

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated disc
  • Bone spur
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Tumor
  • Infection
  • Injury

So How Can A Chiropractor Help With Pinched Nerve Symptoms?

Did you know that a chiropractor can help you with your radiculopathy issues or symptoms of a pinched nerve? Particularly cervical radiculopathy, where your nerves in the neck area are pinched or irritated. Upper Cervical Care can be valuable if looking for a natural approach. This type of care specifically targets the uppermost bones of your spine, known as the atlas (C1) and axis (C2), located in the neck area. These bones are crucial for maintaining proper alignment and function of the entire spine and support your overall nervous system function.

Upper Cervical Chiropractic can help you relieve pressure on the affected nerve roots and decrease the severity of your pinched nerve symptoms. It can also help restore balance in your body especially if you have a long history of neck or head injuries. If you want to explore Upper Cervical Care for your condition, use this directory to find a reputable one near you. After your first visit, your Upper Cervical Chiropractor can tell you if this approach is the right one for you and how often you should come in for adjustments or examinations.

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