Pinched nerves are often the cause of pain in your spine and joints. The majority of our South Florida patients are treated for pinched nerves daily. Most people will have pinched nerves at some point in their lives, and some get them frequently.
What Are Peripheral Nerves?
Nerves that travel from your brain through the spinal cord then out into your arms and legs to send messages to muscles (movement) and skin (sensation) are called peripheral nerves. Think of this nerve as a fiber-optic cable with fibers surrounded by an outer shell. Each fiber is like a tiny garden hose where the green part of the hose is a membrane where an electrical charge can travel. The inside of the hose transports fluid from the nerve cell body that helps feed and restore the electrical charge carrying outer membrane.
Just like a garden hose, the flow of fluid is slowed or completely blocked. Nutrients can no longer nourish the membrane, and the membrane becomes unhealthy and loses ability to transmit electrical charges. If severely pinched for extended time, the nerve eventually dies. When enough of these fibers stop working, symptoms begin to surface, and this often includes unbearable pain.
Symptoms of a Pinched Nerve
The location of a pinched nerve determines the types of symptoms you feel and can range from minor to severe. It is possible for symptoms of a pinched nerve to come and go, or stick around and cause chronic pain.
Common symptoms of a pinched nerve include:
- Increased pain with moving
- Trouble moving freely
- Numbness or tingling
- Burning sensation
Causes of a Pinched Nerve
Pressure put on a nerve is the cause of a pinched nerve that inhibits nerve function and interferes with normal pain signals. Pinched nerves can happen in numerous parts of the body, but the most common causes of pinched nerves include:
- Car Accidents
- Herniated disc
- Degeneration due to again or inflammation
- Carpal tunnel
- Injuries, such as trauma, tears and sprains
- Bone spurs that narrow the spaces where nerves travel
- Repetitive movements
- Staying in one position for a long time
- Poor posture
- Excess weight
Pinched Nerve Treatment For Non-Surgical & non-Drug Recovery
Dr. Barr, chiropractor in North Port, Florida, has been successfully releasing and healing pinched nerves for thousands of patients for over 25 years. His patients enjoy his gentle adjusting method that effectively realigns joints and releases pinched nerves, as well as his physical therapy that dramatically reduces healing time.
If you believe you may be suffering from a pinched nerve, you are invited to schedule a complimentary consultation and exam to learn if your symptoms are the result of a pinched nerve and recommendations for the quickest and most complete recovery.