If you’ve ever had the displeasure of experiencing a pinched nerve, you know that it’s no walk in the park. Pinched nerves can be incredibly painful, uncomfortable, and difficult to deal with on your own. Fortunately, chiropractic care can help relieve your pain and get you back in ship-shape in no time. In today’s blog at Core Chiropractic + Wellness in Bakersfield, we discuss information on pinched nerves, how Bakersfield chiropractic can help, and more. Keep reading below to learn more and if you have a pinched nerve, schedule an appointment with one of our experienced chiropractic experts today!

 

Before we dive too deep into symptoms of a pinched nerve and potential causes, it’s helpful to define what exactly a pinched nerve is. Essentially, a pinched nerve happens when too much pressure is applied to a nerve. This can be from surrounding bones, muscles, or other structures. This pressure causes nerves throughout the body to be stretched, compressed, constricted, and otherwise twisted into positions they are ill-suited for. This typically results in pain, numbing, pins and needles, and other symptoms.

What are the Symptoms of a Pinched Nerve?

Most people are well aware when something isn’t right, but may not know how to name it. A pinched nerve can present itself differently depending on what caused it and where it’s at in the body. But, there are some common symptoms that people with pinched nerves experience like: 

 

  • Spinal Pain
  • Severe Headaches/Migraines
  • Shooting Pain Down Extremities
  • Numbness or Tingling Sensation in the Extremities
  • Neck Pain
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Limited Range of Motion
  • Trouble Sitting or Getting Comfortable
  • Feet or Hands “Falling Asleep”

 

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have a pinched nerve. However, if you do experience one or more of these issues, it could be a good indication that a pinched nerve could be the culprit. Even if a pinched nerve is not to blame, if you regularly experience any of these symptoms, Bakersfield chiropractic can help! For natural, effective pain relief, contact us at Core Chiropractic + Wellness in Bakersfield.

How Did I Get a Pinched Nerve?

There is a wide range of factors that can contribute to a pinched nerve. While the cause of your specific pinched nerve could vary greatly, there are a few common contributing factors. Some of the most common issues both chiropractic and non-chiropractic include but are not limited to: 

 

Injuries

Injuries are a common cause of pinched nerves and other common chiropractic issues. This is especially true of injuries that occur from a blunt force like running into something, having something or someone run into you, or other physical trauma to the body. This can force bones and muscles into your nerves compressing and moving them in ways that make your nerves unhappy. Additionally, physical trauma can misalign your spine — which is where Bakersfield chiropractic can come in handy.

Arthritis

Certain types of arthritis can cause inflammation and bone spurs. Both of these can put pressure on your nerves pinching them or compressing them in ways that result in a pinched nerve and significant discomfort. 

Stress

Constant physical and mental stress can both lead to pinched nerves and other common chiropractic issues. Mental stress wears down on your body, weakening your muscles, joints, and more. Over time, mental stress can lead to poor posture and spinal misalignment. When your spine is misaligned it can put unnecessary pressure on your muscles, joints, and nerves creating a pinched nerve.

Additionally, repetitive physical stress often leads to inflammation compressing your nerves. This can be from a job that requires repetitive action or other forms of physical labor where you are making the same movement again and again. 

Heavy Activity

Heavy activity from sports or hobbies can take their toll on your body. Unfortunately, the frequent stress on the body and mind can lead to inflammation and spinal misalignment. Both of which can compress a nerve creating a pinched nerve and significant pain.

Obesity

Carrying around extra weight from being obese adds a great deal of extra stress to your body. Joints, muscles, and your spine can all experience difficulties when they are carrying extra weight. This is why obesity is a common factor in people who experience pinched nerves. Often, people who are overweight, and most people as a matter of fact, can see amazing benefits when they regularly see a chiropractor.

How Our Bakersfield Chiropractic Office Can Help

You may have noticed that many of the symptoms and causes above had to deal with spinal misalignment and inflammation of joints and muscles. These are precisely the issues that Bakersfield chiropractic experts are trained to handle. We employ a variety of techniques to help reduce joint pain and inflammation. But, most importantly, a large portion of our profession is focused on properly aligning your spine for natural and effective pain relief — including pain relief for pinched nerves. Schedule a visit with our Bakersfield chiropractic team at Core Chiropractic + Wellness and you’ll be astonished by the results you’ll see! 

Additional Things You Can Add to Chiropractic

There are a few other changes and factors that you have control of that can help treat pinched nerves. For example, your Bakersfield chiropractic professional may recommend that in addition to your regular chiropractic appointments, you add in massage therapy. They may also recommend specific movements, exercises, or lifestyle changes you can try in an effort to treat and prevent pinched nerves from occurring again in the future! 

Core Chiropractic + Wellness in Bakersfield

We hope that today’s blog post has proven itself to be a useful and effective resource for pinched nerves, what they are, and how Bakersfield chiropractic work can help. If you have any further questions, comments, or concerns, feel free to reach out to our friendly staff at Core Chiropractic + Wellness. We are happy to answer any and all questions and help you find relief for pinched nerves and other chiropractic conditions.