The human body contains more than 7 trillion nerves. If one of those nerves becomes compressed, it can cause pain and discomfort. At Advanced Chiropractic in Klamath Falls, Dr. Yewchuk can diagnose a pinched nerve and provide you with the treatment that you need.
What Is a Pinched Nerve?
The muscles, cartilage, and bones surrounding the nerves can press against your nerve roots. This pressure can lead to pain and discomfort. While nerves in any part of the body can become compressed, pinched nerves are most likely to occur in the neck, back, shoulder, and arms.
Common Causes of Pinched Nerves
Pinched nerves are extremely common. Anything that puts pressure on nerve roots can cause a pinched nerve. Nerve compression is also associated with several health conditions, including:
- Injuries: Injuries can move parts of your body out of alignment, compressing your nerves.
- Arthritis: When your joints are swollen or inflamed, they may press against nerve roots.
- Bone spurs: Spinal discs lose fluid as we age, which can cause vertebrae to move together. This can lead to growths called bone spurs, which can put pressure on the nerves.
- Repetitive motions: Activities that involve repetitive motion, like tennis or typing, can inflame the tendons in the hand and wrist, leading to pinched nerves.
- Poor posture: When you don't maintain proper posture, it can put stress on your body. Not only can bad posture cause pinched nerves, but it can make your symptoms worse.
- Pregnancy: As a pregnancy bump expands, your body shifts. This can create alignment issues that cause nerve compression.
- Obesity: Carrying excess weight can cause the nerve pathway to swell.
Symptoms of Pinched Nerves
While the symptoms can vary depending on where the compression is taking place, common signs of a pinched nerve may include:
- Numbness in the affected area
- Tingling sensations (paresthesia)
- Aches or sharp pain that radiates outward
- Muscle weakness
- Feeling like your extremities have fallen asleep
How a Chiropractor Can Help
A chiropractor can assess your body and find the nerve that's being compressed. From there, we can make gentle adjustments that will relieve the pressure on the nerve. This should immediately ease your pain.
In addition to treating pinched nerves, a chiropractor can help you avoid nerve compression in the future. Chiropractors can work with you to strengthen weak muscles and correct posture problems. You will also be able to take steps to avoid injuries that could lead to pinched nerves.
Make an Appointment with Our Chiropractor in Klamath Falls, OR
Don't wait to get relief for your pinched nerve. When you visit Advanced Chiropractic, Dr. Yewchuk will figure out what's putting pressure on your nerve so that you can get the relief that you need. Call our team today at (541) 273-5433 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.