Have you ever experienced numbness or tingling in your limbs? What about an inexplicable sensation of heat or cold? Any of these symptoms may indicate a pinched nerve.
A pinched nerve is a painful condition that can curtail your ability to engage in the activities that make life worth living. It's difficult to enjoy coffee with a friend, take a jog or even clean the house when you're experiencing sensations of pain, numbness or tingling. So exactly what is a pinched nerve, and what causes the condition?
Generally, the medical community labels any irritated nerve as a pinched nerve. Sometimes the painful and unusual sensations are only felt in one part of the body, such as the neck. In other instances, a pinched nerve in the neck may cause uncomfortable sensations in the hands and fingers. Sciatica is also an example of a pinched nerve. With this disorder, a nerve in the lower back becomes irritated, but the sufferer feels the painful symptoms in one of their legs.
Pinched nerves happen most frequently along the spine and are sometimes the result of a vertebral misalignment or arthritis. Sometimes pinched nerves come about as the result of a traumatic accident or simple overuse.
Of course, not all pinched nerves happen along the spine. Your body has nerves reaching to every extremity, touching every organ and major system. Carpal tunnel is essentially the result of a pinched nerve, as is peroneal palsy.
While a pinched nerve can be painful and keep you from doing things that you enjoy, there may be relief for you in the form of chiropractic care. As chiropractors, Dr. Kate and Dr. John Gerber will delve into your health history, looking for the source of your discomfort and seeking ways to relieve it. Many of our patients have experienced significant relief of pain caused by a pinched nerve through chiropractic treatment.
Chiropractic care is a useful tool that can help you lead a more active life and treat the source of any discomfort you may be experiencing, such as from a pinched nerve. Let Gerber Chiropractic help you discover the possibilities of pain free living.
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