Pinched nerve is something we often say when we have a pain problem that we can’t diagnose ourselves. In most cases, the pain is not from a pinched nerve and actually from a subluxation in the spine, tunnel syndrome, trigger points or something else entirely different.
We most often confuse a pinched nerve with a subluxation which is a misalignment of the spine caused by irritated or inflamed, bones, joints, or muscles. This misalignment decreases our mobility and positioning of the spine and causes our pain. Chiropractic treatment will realign the spine and relieve the pain.
Trigger points are another condition that people often confuse with pinched nerves. Trigger points are small knots in the muscles usually from constant overuse that cause pain in part of the body unrelated to the actual point of pain. A combination of chiropractic car, stretching, and trigger point therapy will help successfully treat trigger points.
Cases, where pinched nerves can be the cause of pain, are with conditions like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Sciatica, and Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. These conditions can be categorized as “tunnel syndromes” and involve injury, spasm, or inflammation of the muscle and connecting tissues the compress the nerve, resulting in pain. Chiropractic care of these conditions is a little different as they do not necessarily deal with subluxations in the spine, but responds very well when combined with massage, exercise, and stretching.
The confusion with a self-misdiagnosis of this condition is why it is important to seek proper professional help to make sure the proper path of treatment is taken. This is especially important when nerves are involved because irreparable damage can be done by mistreatment. If you are told you have a pinched nerve by your doctor seek professional help from a doctor of chiropractic as soon as possible.
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