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Signs and Symptoms of a Pinched Nerve

Santa Clara Chiropractor discusses signs and symptoms of a pinched nerve

Signs and Symptoms of a Pinched Nerve


Pinched nerves can be caused by spinal misalignments, whiplash, bone spurs, herniated discs, arthritis and inflammation of the soft tissues surrounding the nerve due to other injuries or conditions. If you are experiencing symptoms of a compressed nerve, our pinched nerve doctor can perform an examination and recommend a non-invasive treatment program to reduce your symptoms.

1. Numbness

Numbness is commonly associated with a pinched nerve. This is because the pressure on the nerve is limiting its ability to register sensations. When you have numbness, you may not be able to feel anything touching that part of your body, or you may simply feel an application of pressure instead of the full sensation. Numbness can also be accompanied by burning and/or the feeling of pins and needles being poked into your skin.

2. Aching or Burning Sensations

In some instances, pinched nerves may cause varying degrees of pain that may feel sharp, like the area is being stabbed with an object, or it may feel like you have an ache or that the area is throbbing. Some people even describe the pain as a burning sensation.

3. Paresthesia

Paresthesia is the sensation of pins and needles after a part of your body has gone to sleep from being in the same position too long. Common body parts that can be affected include the hands, legs, back, feet and arms. Changing positions and getting up usually resolve the symptoms within a few minutes. However, if these sensations happen often or fail to go away, you may have a pinched nerve.

4. Muscle Weakness

Your nerves help control your muscles. When you have a pinched nerve, the muscles controlled by the nerve can lose sensation and become weaker than normal. If you have a pinched nerve in your neck, you may notice weakness in your arms and hands and have difficulty raising your arms and picking objects up with your hands. You may also find yourself frequently dropping things. If you have a pinched nerve in your lower back, you may notice weakness in your legs and have difficulty walking.

How Our Chiropractor in Santa Clara Can Help with Treatment

Unpinching your nerve requires a complete diagnosis in order to understand how your nerve is being impinged. Our chiropractor in Santa Clara will want to know how long you’ve had your nerve pain and/or numbness and if anything increases or decreases the symptoms. Our chiropractor will also perform a physical evaluation and take digital images in order to get a clearer understanding of what’s causing your pinched nerve symptoms.

Pinched Nerve Treatment Options Offered by Our Chiropractors

Our chiropractors offer many different types of treatments and services for pinched nerves. A few of our pinched nerve treatment options include KST chiropractic and manual or instrument adjustments.

KST Chiropractic

KST chiropractic works well for unpinching nerves that have become compressed or chaffed by other soft tissues, like the muscles, and by the joints, including the spinal and extremity joints. KST chiropractic helps with neck and back pain as well as muscle weakness, which can all be symptoms of a pinched nerve. This type of treatment by our pinched nerve doctor involves challenging all the major parts of your body for structural misalignments in the bones. Then, our chiropractor checks for muscle weakness in the areas where misalignments were found. Lastly, our chiropractor performs an instrument adjustment on the spinal joints and/or extremity joints in order to reduce symptoms and promote healing.

Instrument Adjustments

In addition to being part of our KST treatment, instrument adjustments can also be used on their own in order to maximize the range of motion of the spinal joints or extremity joints. These adjustments can help unpinch nerves that have become compressed due to a back or neck injury, whiplash, a herniated disc or by arthritis.

Manual Chiropractic Adjustments

Manual chiropractic adjustments can be used on the vertebrae and the joints in the hips, legs and arms. These adjustments can help with pinched nerves caused by a herniated disc, whiplash and misalignments of the joints. These adjustments utilize a swift thrust, of very low force, from our Santa Clara chiropractor’s hands in order realign the joint.

To get your pinched nerve symptoms evaluated and receive treatment from our Santa Clara chiropractor, call us at 408-985-8118.


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