Posts for: May, 2018
Could your pain or muscle weakness be caused by a pinched nerve? Our Fort Lauderdale, FL, chiropractor, Dr. Donna Watson, offers chiropractic treatment that can relieve your symptoms.
What causes pinched nerves?
Pinched nerves occur when a bone spurs, spinal discs, or vertebrae press against a nerve, causing pain and inflammation. Pinched nerves not only affect your spinal column but may also occur in joints.
What are symptoms of pinched nerves?
Pinched nerves can cause a variety of unpleasant symptoms, including:
- Back, neck, or joint pain
- Numbness, tingling, or pain that extends into your arms and legs
- Muscle weakness or spasms
- Migraines or headaches
- Trouble bending or twisting
- A foot or hand that "falls asleep" frequently
- Difficulty sitting or standing for even short periods of time due to pain and discomfort
- Trouble sleeping
How do chiropractors treat pinched nerves?
Before treatment begins in our Fort Lauderdale office, Dr. Watson must determine the cause of your symptoms. Pinched nerves are often caused by:
- Degenerative Disc Disease: Discs are fluid-filled sacs that cushion your vertebrae and act as shock absorbers. They may begin to degenerate due to aging, wear, and tear caused by sports and other strenuous activities or injuries. As the disc degenerates, it may begin to press on a nerve.
- Spinal Subluxation: A subluxation occurs when a vertebra in your spine becomes misaligned and presses on a nerve.
- Herniated Disc: As your herniated disc bulges outward, it may compress a nerve.
- Osteoarthritis: If you have osteoarthritis, you may be at increased risk of developing bone spurs. When the spurs form in the spine, they may decrease the amount of space available for the passage of the nerves through the spinal column and cause painful pinched nerve symptoms.
Chiropractors use a variety of techniques to treat pinched nerves, including spinal manipulations that improve subluxations and relieve pressure on the nerve. Deep tissue massage, heat or ice packs, traction, spinal decompression therapy, and stretching exercises may also be recommended to ease pain and increase range of motion.
Would you like to relieve your pinched nerve symptoms without medication? Call our Fort Lauderdale, FL, chiropractor, Dr. Watson, at (954) 568-9355 to schedule your appointment.