When you have a pinched nerve and wonder about the cause of the pain, your first guess will most likely be different from the actual reason. A pulled muscle, injury-related pain, arthritis, or even torn cartilage are just some conditions that you may associate your pain with.
But if you think you have a pinched nerve, it could be coming from or connected to your upper spine. So, you should not wait any longer at the onset of pain and arrange a consultation with a licensed upper cervical chiropractic doctor right away.
First of all, what is a pinched nerve?
To help identify what you may be experiencing, let us define a pinched nerve. A pinched nerve is a compressed nerve commonly caused by pressure coming from surrounding tissues, bone spurs, or misalignment in certain areas in the body.
You will feel pain or discomfort whenever these tissues put excessive stress on your nerve roots, leading to direct or radiating pain. Patients often feel numbness, weakness, or tingling in the affected part. When these symptoms occur, they can be debilitating and even affect your mobility.
Some of the causes of a pinched nerve
Several conditions can disrupt the function and move the position of your bones and tissues, leading to pinched nerves. Some of these are:
Injury or physical trauma
When this happens, it can cause parts of your body to move, like your bones, which can then press on your nerves.
Excess weight carried and supported by your bones, joints, and muscles will add more pressure to your nerves.
This is something we usually overlook. Crossing your legs while sitting down or lying down in a single position for a long time may cause unnecessary stress and pressure on your body and lead to a pinched nerve.
Some of these can be too straining and can cause inflammation and swelling that may put more pressure on your nerves than usual.
Swelling and deterioration of your joints and bones result in compressed spinal nerve roots.
Stress from repetitive work
Repetitive movements in the hand, wrist, or shoulder, especially during manual work, increase one’s chance of developing a pinched nerve.
How to spot a pinched nerve
When a nerve gets pressed at a specific body part, the pressure it endures leads to pain from there and travels to the nerve roots, which causes pain radiating towards your arms or legs. In addition, bone spurs, tendons, cartilage, and muscles may cause pinching of a nerve, disrupting its normal flow and function. When this happens, more symptoms come.
Be aware of these pinched nerve symptoms
- Numbness or a decrease in sensation of your arms or legs caused by an affected nerve
- Sharp and burning pain or ache that radiates outwards
- Paraesthesia feels like something is pricking or crawling under your skin
- Pins and needles, as if your arms or legs fell asleep
- Constant severe pain
- Muscle weakness in the affected area
Conditions associated with a pinched nerve
A pinched nerve can lead to a more severe condition when not properly addressed. This can cause chronic pain to build up around the nerve, and in extreme cases, it can lead to permanent nerve damage – we don’t want this to happen! Contact an upper cervical chiropractic doctor if your symptoms persist, get worse, or don’t improve at all. They can result in the following:
This occurs when your spinal nerve eventually gets affected, hurting your spine’s lumbar, thoracic, and cervical regions.
This condition commonly causes debilitating pain in the lower back down to the toes. It is also known to be one of the common reasons why patients seek chiropractic consultation.
Carpal tunnel syndrome
This is also called median nerve compression. This happens when tissues or ligaments compress the carpal tunnel’s nerves, resulting in numbness or tingling in the affected wrist and hand, usually from repetitive movement.
Why should you consult with a licensed upper cervical chiropractic doctor?
Sure, you can take medications to manage your pain, but that does address the problem? Opting for temporary relief will only mask the symptoms, and you will likely put more tension on your body than you think.
The techniques used by upper cervical chiropractors have already helped thousands of patients. We want to make sure patients are free from all the symptoms and pain. Our recommended course of action ensures that chances of recurrence are low to none.
Consulting with a licensed upper cervical chiropractic doctor will help you completely “un-pinch” the affected nerve through careful upper cervical chiropractic adjustments. Every adjustment will reduce the pain significantly, eliminating all your symptoms.
A licensed chiropractor will help you go back to your usual routine in the shortest amount of time possible, sans the pain and discomfort. They may also give you home exercises and reminders to ensure what you do in between sessions will not be counterproductive to your chiropractic care.
Unpinch Your Nerve with Upper Cervical Chiropractic
You don’t have to endure the accompanying pain of a pinched nerve. See a doctor of chiropractic who uses a safe and gentle technique to provide you with total relief. Please see our directory of upper cervical doctors per city and state and book a consultation with one of them.