60 Second Pinched Nerve

You have probably heard the expression ‘pinched nerve’ and you may have thought at some time that you had this problem. What exactly is a pinched nerve? What are the symptoms? How is it treated?

A pinched nerve is a nerve that has pressure on it or pulling on it, causing irritation. The spine consists of 24 moveable bones stacked upon each other. The nerves exit the spine between the bones. If the opening for the nerve narrows, the nerve can be pinched resulting in pain and ill health.

Pinched nerves have a variety of causes. Thin discs, arthritic spurs, sprain and strains, injuries, bone disease, and bad posture can all cause pinched nerve symptoms, but most pinched nerves come from misalignments of the bones of the spine. In order to determine the cause of the problem, an examination must be performed so that correct treatment can begin.

A Doctor of Chiropractic uses gentle manipulation, flexion-distraction exercises, back supports, and physiotherapy as part of treatment. Manipulation realigns the vertebrae to reduce pulling and pressure on the nerves. Covering up the pain with medication may make you feel better for a moment, but it does not heal the problem and may lead to further damage.

If you suspect you have a pinched nerve, give us a call and make an appointment. You will be glad you did!

Dr. Thorburn is a Registered Nurse and a Doctor of Chiropractic. She also has advanced training in nutrition.

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