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Pinched Nerve Treatment In Overland Park and Lenexa
Pinched Nerve - Condition Overview
A pinched nerve is a common phrase used to explain compression or stretching of a nerve. When these nerves are pinched, it can cause radiating pain, numbness, pins and needles, and even weakness of muscles. Our Overland Park and Lenexa chiropractic clinics see these conditions regularly, varying from mild irritations to severe cases. It is important to treat both mild and severe as nerves are our communication lines in our body. They communicate all information from our brains to every organ, muscle, and cell in the body so it is very important to relieve a pinched nerve. Pinched nerves can occur in a variety of different locations, with some being near the spine and spinal cord itself but others getting compressed in our shoulders, arms, or legs. Proper diagnosis by a chiropractor is very important so the pinched nerve pain can be relieved, but also to allow the nerve to communicate and regain regular function and communication.
3 Common Pinched Nerve Conditions
- Sciatica - The sciatic nerve is commonly irritated in the low back or gluteal region producing distal effects down the legs. This can cause difficulty with sitting, standing up, and most leg movements. You can read more in-depth on sciatica here.
- Cervical Radiculopathy - This is the technical term for nerve root compression that is occurring in the neck near the spine. When this nerve root is compressed, pain is typically felt into the shoulder, arm, or hand.
- Lumbar Radiculopathy - This is the same as cervical radiculopathy except it occurs in the low back near the spine. This can be similar to symptoms of sciatica but is not always the same thing. Our doctors of chiropractic in Overland Park and Lenexa are proficient in differentiating the two during the examination.
Common Pinched Nerve Symptoms
- Sharp or burning localized pain in the neck, mid back, or low back.
- Radiating or shooting pain down the arms or legs
- Pins and needles sensations in the body
- Numbness in the arms or legs
- Foot drop (Difficulty pointing toe up with walking) or inability to stand on tip-toes
- Decreased muscle strength
- Decreased grip strength
What Causes Pinched Nerves?
Pinched nerves have a variety of different causes. When a nerve is compressed near the spine, it is often due to disc hernations or bulges along with compressed joints and tissue around the nerve. Nerves can also be pinched or stretched due to tight muscles in the chest, shoulders, or gluteal region.
What Are Pinched Nerve Treatment Options?
Treatment for pinched nerves all depends on the underlying cause of the injury. This can be determined by physical examination, x-ray or MRI imaging, orthopedic testing. Most pinched nerves can be successfully resolved through conservative chiropractic care. Our Overland Park and Lenexa chiropractic clinics utilize advanced techniques that can be used to effectively treat pinched nerves.
Treatment May Consist Of:
Cold Laser Therapy