“Pinched nerve” is a layman’s term for compressed, irritated, tensed or stretched nerves – any experience of interference. Nerves can be compressed or impinged by bone, tumors, disc bulges or fibrotic (scar) tissue to name a few. Pressure on a nerve can result in malfunction, which is why chiropractors like to use the more accurate terms “interference” or “irritation”. A subluxation in the spine leads to abnormal motion of that joint. This motion can interfere with what are called spinal reflexes. Spinal reflexes are a way for the body to relay messages from the body to the spinal cord and vice versa. A fixed or stuck vertebra can cause these impulses to become scrambled.

Types of Nerve Problems

Nerve interference, whether from compression or irritation, may or may not be painful. Only 8 percent of the billions of nerve fibers in our body are the sensory type, which perceive pain (called nociceptors). We also have motor nerves controlling our movement and muscles; autonomic nerves, which control organs and visceral functions such as heartbeat and immune system; and other types of sensory nerves, which perceive touch, temperature, vibration and regulate balance. A disturbance in nerve function can lead to severe pain if it so happens that a nociceptor is the nerve that is irritated. Sciatica is a term used to describe pain in the sciatic nerve due to “pinching” in the lower back. Interference in other types of nerves can lead other types of problems.

Chiropractic for Pinched Nerves

Those diagnosed with “pinched nerves” should see a chiropractor. We are experts at analyzing the spinal column for subluxation and, through specific adjusting, removing nerve irritation.  Medication and epidural steroid injections have been shown to only have temporary relief of symptoms while not removing the “pinching” of a nerve. In a British study of 741 sciatica patients, those receiving spinal adjustments got better than those receiving medical treatment.

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