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Pinched Nerve

David B Nichols, DC -  - Chiropractor

David B Nichols, DC

Chiropractor located in Belmont, CA

Pain, tingling, numbness, and weakness are all symptoms of a pinched or compressed nerve. Chiropractor Dr. David Nichols specializes in relieving pressure on pinched nerves at his private practice in Belmont, California. If you think you have a pinched nerve, don’t hesitate to call or book an appointment online today.

Pinched Nerve Q & A

What is a pinched nerve?

A pinched nerve happens when tissues surrounding the nerve, like bones, muscles, and tendons, create too much pressure. When these tissues press on a nerve, they disrupt the nerve’s function.

The nervous system connects your whole body. Your spinal cord and brain make up your central nervous system. Nerve roots branch off from these organs and run throughout your entire body, all the way to your toes and fingertips.

Pinched nerves can occur in various parts of your body. Common conditions that involve pinched nerves include carpal tunnel syndrome in the wrist and hand and sciatica in the low back, hip, and leg.

How do I know I have a pinched nerve?

Symptoms of a pinched nerve depend on the location of the affected nerve. Common signs and symptoms of pinched nerves include:

  • Sharp, burning, or aching pain that may radiate along the nerve
  • Tingling or pins and needles sensations
  • Muscle weakness
  • Numbness

Pinched nerve symptoms may be worse when you’re sleeping. This may lead to insomnia, or trouble sleeping.

What causes pinched nerves?

A pinched nerve can result from any type of tissue pressing on a nerve. This may include cartilage, muscle, tendon, ligament, and bone.

One of the most common causes of a pinched nerve is a herniated disc in the spine. This condition causes soft material from inside your spinal disc to bulge out. When this occurs, the material may press on a nearby nerve and irritate it.

Carpal tunnel syndrome results from pressure on the median nerve as it passes through the narrow carpal tunnel in your wrist. This may happen if the surrounding tendons swell and compress the nerve.

How are pinched nerves treated?

First, Dr. Nichols diagnoses the exact cause of your pain with a complete chiropractic evaluation and review of your symptoms and medical history. He may observe your movements and check your reflexes to determine the area of nerve irritation.

Then, he recommends the best course of treatment for your condition. Depending on your needs, this may include:

  • Chiropractic joint adjustments
  • Spinal manipulation
  • Exercises to perform at home
  • Lifestyle advice, like nutritional changes

If you suspect you have a pinched nerve, call the office of Dr. David Nichols or book an appointment online today.