A pinched nerve is typically a spinal nerve in the spinal cord that is compressed by a vertebra or a spinal disc. Pinched nerves often cause pain, numbness, weakness, and a tingling sensation in an arm, hand, leg, or foot. At South Square Chiropractic in Durham, NC, Dr. Palumbo routinely treats patients that are suffering from pinched nerves. We can relieve your pain, restore your strength, and improve your range of motion when you are experiencing a pinched nerve.
Common Sites for Pinched Nerves
Most pinched nerves originate in the neck or lower back. When a nerve is pinched in the neck, it is known as cervical radiculopathy. If it is in the lower back, it is known as lumbar radiculopathy. If a patient suffers from a pinched nerve in the cervical spine, he or she will suffer neck tightness and stiffness with intermittent pain and numbness traveling through a shoulder and into an arm or even down to the fingers. If the pinched nerve is in the lumbar spine, the patient will experience pain and numbness in the lower back, across to a hip, down a leg, and into the arch of a foot.
Can a Pinched Nerve Cause Other Problems?
If you are suffering from a pinched nerve, you don't want to ignore it. Permanent nerve damage could result.
Our Chiropractor Diagnoses Pinched Nerves
During the initial examination, our chiropractor will take a medical history and perform specific orthopedic and neurologic tests on the patient. X-rays may help in showing any misalignments of the spine. Based on the medical history, the orthopedic and neurological tests, and any available radiological imagery, if a pinched nerve is detected, the patient is advised accordingly and a treatment plan is discussed.
Treating Pinched Nerves
If a spinal misalignment is the cause of the pinched nerve, realignment becomes the primary issue. Realignment therapies are painless when performed correctly. Other therapies will likely be used in conjunction with manual or instrument-assisted realignment. Those treatments might consist of electronic muscle stimulation, chiropractic massage, ultrasound, trigger point therapy, and stretching and strengthening exercises that can be done at home or in the office.
Contact South Square Chiropractic in Durham, NC
A pinched nerve can be painful and debilitating. At South Square Chiropractic, Dr. Palumbo offers a variety of effective and natural treatment options. Call our team today at (919) 490-5400 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.