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Pinched Nerve

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.

Herniated Disk Protruding Lumbar Disk HerniationOther 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.

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