Nerves run all through your body, from your brain to your toes, sending signals that coordinate the voluntary and involuntary actions of your muscles and organs. A pinched nerve occurs when pressure is applied to the nerve by surrounding tissues, such as bones, cartilage, muscles or tendons. This pressure disrupts the nerve’s function, causing pain, tingling, numbness or weakness. When a nerve becomes pinched or impinged as a result of displacement of your musculoskeletal system, significant pain may arise.
Cause of Pinched Nerve Pain
A pinched nerve can occur at several sites in your body. A pinched nerve in your back or spine can cause pain throughout your body, as a pinched nerve in your wrist can cause pain and numbness of your hand and fingers. The cause of the pain is the impingement of the nerve. The impingement occurs primarily as a result of injury, which displaces surrounding tissue, putting pressure on the nerve. The pain your nervous systems way of telling you that you have a physical condition or misalignment of your musculoskeletal system.
Diagnosing Pinched Nerve Pain
A physical examination helps to drill down the source of the patients pain. In diagnosing nerve pain, physicians will also use diagnostic testing, including nerve conduction studies and electromyography which measure the electrical activity in your muscles and nerves. MRIs are also used to provide your physician with detailed views of your bodies internal organs and structures.
Chiropractic Care and Treatment
A chiropractor will treat your pain by realigning your body’s musculoskeletal system with a chiropractic adjustment. The manipulation of your spine, or legs, arms, and neck, is intended to restore your body to perfect alignment. You’ll also be treated with rehabilitative exercises or physiotherapy (using ultrasound treatment, electrotherapy, or ice packs) to reduce inflammation, pain, or muscle spasms. Multiple treatments may be required to get long-lasting results.