The nerves that extend from your brain into your spinal cord are responsible for sending messages throughout your body. If you experience a warning signal that alerts you of pain, it is important that you don’t ignore it. Our chiropractors in Chicago know that while pinched nerves can be minor or severe, so it is important that you get a diagnosis as soon as you can. In severe cases, you may not be able to reverse the damage from a pinched nerve.
What Causes a Pinched Nerve?
When there is pressure on your nerve, it is considered to be “pinched.” This pressure develops as a result of repetitive motions or your body being held in a single position for one period of time. Because nerves are located in such vulnerable places in your body, there is not a lot of soft tissue that can protect them from being compressed.
Symptoms Throughout Your Body
While you may have a pinched nerve in your neck, you may feel symptoms in other areas of your body such as your elbow, hand, wrist or fingers. If the compression lasts a long time, the protective barrier that surround the nerve may break down, causing fluid to build up in return. This result in scarring, swelling and extra pressure.
How Do You Know You Pinched a Nerve?
Common symptoms of pinched nerves include numbness, tingling, a “pins and needles” sensation, a burning sensation, weakness or pain in the neck or lower back.
Visiting our chiropractor in Chicago is a great way to help find relief from a pinched nerve. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary if you don’t respond to other treatment options.
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