What is a Pinched Nerve?

April 22, 2016

Many patients consult a Doctor of Chiropractic because they think they have a pinched nerve.

 

Because of the designed of your spine, abnormal spinal function caused from physical trauma, emotional tension or chemical toxins can affect the delicate tissues of the spinal cord and nerve roots.

 

While commonly associated with the spine, a pinched nerve (compressive lesion) is actually rare.  Researchers suggest that only 10% to 15% of spine related problems are caused by direct pressure of bone on nerve tissue! This can result in numbness, burning or a ‘pins and needles’ feeling.

 

More frequently nerves are irritated (facilitative lesion).  This is caused when nerve tissue is rubbed, stretched by a loss of spinal curves, or irritated by malfunctioning spinal bones and inflammation.

 

 

For more information please see our Chiropractic page.

 

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