The human body is clockwork that runs through the help of coordination between its many systems. The nervous system is considered to be the most vital among all the systems as it serves as the connection between the brain and all the other systems. But like any other organs, nerves can also get hurt. And when a nerve is injured, it causes more problems than an injury on any other organ would. This happens because a nerve is connected to multiple organs and serves each organ with different types of purposes at a time. A nerve injury, or a pinched nerve can be fatal and could cause lifelong complications if not treated properly and carefully.
What is a Pinched Nerve?
A ‘pinched’ nerve is a minor nerve injury where a nerve is hurt, but not as severely as to stop functioning, but badly enough to have difficulties and pain while functioning. Symptoms that differentiate a nerve injury from the other injuries include pain all the way down the spine, really bad headaches, pain through the arm or leg, burning, tingling, or numbness in the limbs; especially arm, leg, toes or fingers, neck pain, lower back pain. If one or many of these symptoms occur, one should immediately be taken to the hospital.
Causes Behind a Pinched Nerve
There can be many reasons behind you ending up with a pinched nerve. The causes are usually classified into four types:
1. Subluxation or Misalignment
2. Disc Degeneration
3. Osteoarthritis, and
4. Disc Herniation or Protrusions
Note that each one of these basic causes behind a pinched nerve is silent in nature during their early stages, and it is very hard to detect until severe problems that are caused by them starts occurring.
How Chiropractic Care Helps
Chiropractic treatment is very closely related to the central nervous system. The term chiropractic comes from the Greek words cheir meaning ‘hands’, and praktos, meaning ‘done’. The word itself means, ‘done by hand’, and so it is. A chiropractor in Mesa, AZ uses their hands to properly align your spine to match with the rest of your body, as they believe most of your physical problems and discomforts are caused by a misaligned spine. And since the spine is the set of ones that holds your central nervous system, it is undoubtedly logical to say that chiropractic treatment helps heal nerve injuries better than most other methods of treatments. Chiropractic treatment trusts the body’s self healing powers, and acts as an assistant that helps the body do its job in healing your pinched nerve by making subtle adjustments and routine exercises. This not only cuts the cost of dangerous surgeries and harmful medications with terrible side-effects, but also boosts your nerve’s confidence so that next time an injury like this occurs, the body can heal itself.
Thanks to LifeCare Chiropractic for their insight into chiropractic care and pinched nerves.