Pinched nerves are usually caused by bone or cartilage pressing on a nerve, but muscles and tendons can be involved, too. Pinched nerves can happen anywhere in the body, but they most commonly occur in the spine, the lower back, and the neck. In chiropractic, a pinch nerve is called a subluxation. That is when one or more bones are out of the normal alignment, which impinges upon nerves.
The most common signs and symptoms of a pinched nerve are:
- Radiating pain
- Decreased sensation
- Pins and needles
- Muscle weakness
Pinched nerves usually do not resolve on their own. The person may find that the pain may improve for an extended period of time, then for no reason, it starts to come back again, then it goes away and then it comes back again. Over time, the episodes begin to last longer, are sometimes more severe in intensity and are happening more frequently. Corrective chiropractic care can get the spine back into normal alignment over time and the pressure will be taken off the nerves.
Dr. Scott Gardner and the team at Gardner Family Chiropractic can be reached at (973) 614-9256 and are located at 799 Clifton Ave, Clifton, NJ 07013.