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What is a Pinched Nerve or Nerve Compression?

A pinched nerve, also known as nerve compression or nerve impingement, occurs when a nerve is compressed or irritated by surrounding tissues, such as muscles, tendons, ligaments, or bones. This compression or constriction can disrupt the normal functioning of the nerve and lead to various symptoms, including pain, numbness, tingling, weakness, or altered sensation in the area served by the affected nerve.

What are common symptoms of a pinched nerve or nerve compression?

The symptoms of a pinched nerve can vary depending on the location of the compression and the affected nerve. Common signs include pain (often described as sharp, shooting, or burning), tingling, numbness, weakness, and a loss of normal sensation. These symptoms typically occur in the area served by the affected nerve.

How can a chiropractor help with a pinched nerve or nerve compression?

Treatment for a pinched nerve depends on the underlying cause and the severity of the symptoms. Conservative approaches often include rest, physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, and lifestyle modifications. In some cases, more advanced treatments such as corticosteroid injections or surgery may be necessary to alleviate the compression and relieve symptoms.

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