What Is a Pinched Nerve?
Numbness and tingling are symptoms generally associated with nerve damage or irritation. There are two major causes of nerve irritation, each requiring a different method of treatment, so a correct diagnosis of the cause of your symptoms is critical. The most common type of injury to a nerve is an impingement or “pinching” of the nerve. Nerve impingement often occurs at the spine and can be caused by being sandwiched between two spinal bones, pressed upon by a bulging disc or encroached upon by bony overgrowth.
Other than impingement, nerves can also become “stuck” to surrounding soft tissues (muscles, ligaments, and fascia) usually as a result of repetitive motion injuries. This is commonly referred to as a “trapped” nerve.
After diagnosing the cause of the condition, a chiropractor can teach you how to help your body heal itself and reduce the chances of a recurrence.