If you fall asleep with one hand tucked up under your head, you may awaken with numbness in your hand, the result of your head exerting pressure upon the “median nerve” as it passes through the wrist’s carpal tunnel. Nerves are also susceptible to compression as they emerge from the spinal cord. “Pinched nerves”, as they are popularly referred to, can also produce “pins and needles” tingling, pain, a burning sensation, and/or muscle weakness. While most cases of pinched nerves resolve on their own, moderate and severe cases that are left untreated can causes lasting damage. For this reason, it is important to report prolonged symptoms of nerve compression to the chiropractor, who can make a diagnosis and provide treatment.
Chiropractic care for a pinched nerve includes re-aligning the spine to get you back to optimal health. There are many stress factors that can cause a pinched nerve, and chiropractors specialize in reducing that stress to treat pinched nerves as well as prevent them.