People often say they have a “Pinched Nerve” when they are suffering pain from a pinched nerve or an unidentified source. This source may be be caused by spinal misalignment called subluxations, a tunnel syndrome, the referred pain from trigger points, or something else.
“Pinched” nerves are usually not pinched at all, but simply irritated and inflamed because the bones, joints, or muscles of the spine are not in the proper position, or are not moving correctly. This “subluxation” is what a doctor of chiropractic specializes in correcting.
When nerves do genuinely become pinched, it usually involves an injury, spasm, or inflammation that causes muscles and connective tissue to compress the nerve, resulting in pain.
When dealing with a spinal subluxation, a carpal tunnel syndrome, or referred pain from trigger points, a unique integrative approach that combines exercises, stretching, and massage yields results in a very effective resolve to the pain caused by a pinched nerve.
Pain of any type must be properly must be properly diagnosed before it can be effectively treated, especially what it is possible that nerves are being injured.
Otherwise, the nerve may end up being permanently damaged. Being told by your doctor that you have a “pinched nerve” should not be viewed as a diagnosis; only as an indication that further investigation by a doctor of chiropractic is required as soon as possible.
People often say they have a “pinched nerve” when experience sharp pain from an unidentified source. If the pain lasts longer than 2 or 3 days, is severe enough to limit you physically, or begins to worsen and return intermittently – it is time to seek help.
Pinched nerve pain can come from a variety of underlying problems including:
- Spinal misalignment
- Muscle spasms
- Referred pain from trigger points
- Physical injury
- Inflammation in surrounding tissue
Pain of this type must be properly must be properly diagnosed before it can be effectively treated, especially what it is possible that nerves are being injured. Otherwise, the nerve may end up being permanently damaged. Being told by your doctor that you have a “pinched nerve” should not be viewed as a diagnosis; only as an indication that further investigation by a physician specializing in these types of disorders is required as soon as possible.
The conventional approach for a pinched nerve is pain medication followed by muscle relaxers. Although this might work in mild cases, it can be harmful in the long run to cover up a symptom without correcting the cause. You’re likely to unknowingly make things worse.
Our physicians take a functional holistic approach toward pinched nerves. For example, many of our patients initially complain of a sharp, burning pain under one or both shoulder blades. Even though this pain is felt in a specific area, the back is an incredibly complex chain of muscles and nerves. Inflammation or damage in one area can often be felt somewhere else. When you look at the back as whole instead of individual parts, you’re no longer treating symptoms – you’re resolving the true problem.
When dealing with the cause of a pinched nerve, we have four very powerful tools at our disposal:
State of the art diagnostics
- Digital X-rayDigital posture analysis
- Computer guided range of motion testing
- Functional examinations and muscle response testing
Pain relieving trigger point or joint injections using SARAPIN®
Toxicity tests revealed that SARAPIN® is harmless, and no adverse events have been associated with the use of SARAPIN® throughout its 70 year history. This is very important to us and our patients.
Site specific chiropractic adjustment to realign the body and alleviate pressure on nerves.
One statement we hear from time to time is “My doctor said not to let a chiropractor touch me”. Our chiropractors hold themselves to the same safety standards or higher than MD’s do. We use digital x-ray diagnostics, and if there’s any question at all about safety, we always err on the side of caution. Even though our approach to treatment is different, this is not an “us versus them” situation. It’s an “us PLUS them” situation, and we work frequently with patients referred to us by many of the area’s top surgeons and physicians. If your doctor has concerns or questions, we welcome the opportunity to speak with them.
Individually designed physio-rehab programs.
Our approach meets you where you currently are, and gradually takes you where you need to be. We recognize that everyone responds differently to treatment, and our team works one-to-one with you. You’ll gain a new understanding of how your body functions – not just dealing with your current problem, but knowing how to prevent it from happening again.