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Compressed or pinched nerves are a common cause of many acute and chronic symptoms, including headaches, back and neck pain. A pinched nerve occurs when another structure like a bone or even a tumor presses against a nerve, causing it to become irritated. Pinched nerves can occur anywhere in the body, but they’re especially common in the lower back and the neck.
As a trusted chiropractor in Atlanta, Dr. Jared Simon is skilled in relieving pinched nerve symptoms, helping patients get the care they need to prevent symptoms from becoming worse and from recurring.
Although lots of issues can cause nerve compression and irritation, the most common causes of pinched nerves are car accidents, sports accidents, slip-and-fall accidents, and lifestyle issues like being overweight, leading a sedentary lifestyle, or spending long periods of time sitting or standing. Even wearing ill-fitting shoes, sleeping on a mattress that doesn’t provide enough support, or being pregnant can cause nerve compression, especially in the lower back.
Some pinched nerves can be caused by underlying problems with the spine, including diseases and conditions like arthritis, scoliosis, spondylolisthesis and spinal stenosis (stiffening of the spine). Herniated discs are a common cause of pinched nerves, occurring when the spongy discs located between the spine bones (or vertebrae) slide out of their normal positions and protrude beyond the edge of the vertebrae, pressing up against the nerves as they exit the spine. If a disc ruptures or breaks, it can leak fluid that irritates the nerves and the tissues that surround them.
Pinched nerves can cause pain and ache right around the area of irritation, but they can also cause symptoms that extend into other areas of the body, anywhere along the path of the nerve. These radiating symptoms can cause pain, aching, numbness, pins-and-needles sensations, and electrical shock-like sensations in the arms, legs, feet and hands. Over time, muscle weakness and loss of coordination can occur.
Dr. Simon begins treatment with a careful evaluation of the patient's symptoms to determine the best course of care. Treatment options can include spinal adjustments to relieve irritation on the nerves near the spine, massage and tissue manipulation to promote circulation and reduce inflammation, therapeutic exercises and stretching, and lifestyle guidance to reduce strain and promote a healthy back and spine.
Pinched nerves are a common source of chronic back pain, neck pain and headaches, and without prompt attention, they can become much worse over, interfering with your life and even resulting in long-term disability. Century Center Chiropractic is a leading chiropractic practice, dedicated to providing patient-centered care for all sorts of musculoskeletal issues, including pinched nerves.
If you’re suffering from a pinched nerve or any other type pain, Dr. Simon can help. Call Century Center Chiropractic at (404) 634-1669 and schedule an appointment today.