Have you ever woken up in the morning, only to realize turning your head at all causes serious pain in your neck? Even trying to look over to the alarm clock becomes a chore, as just pivoting your head causes sharp, hot pain to shoot through your neck muscles. In addition, you may have had a headache that wouldn’t go away or pain in your shoulder.
If this sounds familiar, you likely had a pinched nerve. When you first notice it, you may think it’s nothing more than a nuisance that will go away on its own. While this does happen sometimes, leaving a pinched nerve untreated can cause many more problems down the road.
Symptoms of a Pinched Nerve
While a pinched nerve can happen anywhere along the spine, they commonly occur in the neck. When they do, they may manifest in different ways. Of course, it will be difficult to turn your head more than a couple degrees. But you may also feel pain in the shoulder or down your arm or leg. Depending on which side of the neck you pinch the nerve, the symptoms may even feel similar to those of a heart attack.
If you let the pinched nerve manifest, you could experience muscle spasms around it. Depending on which nerve was pinched, you could even have other internal issues, as nerves carry signals to every organ and system in your body.
Causes of Pinched Nerves
There are four typical causes of pinched nerves. The most common is a spinal subluxation. When your spine becomes misaligned, it may snag a nerve and aggravate it. In the same vein, a disc protrusion or herniation can cause the bone to rub a nerve. The greater the protrusion, the worse the pain will be.
Disc degeneration happens when the cartilage between your vertebrae gets thinner. Nerves course through holes in the spine. When a disc degenerates, that hole becomes smaller. As such, more pressure is put on the nerve. Similarly, osteoarthritis causes the holes themselves to degenerate. This can cause bone spurs to fall into the hole, rubbing and pressuring the nerve.
How Chiropractic Can Help
If you are dealing with neck pain in Woodbridge due to a pinched nerve, be sure to visit your chiropractor, who specializes in these issues. They will take x-rays to locate the issue and its cause. In addition, other computer renderings will be taken, which will track the route of the nerve and where it is being pinched.
Once we have located the issue, your chiropractor will work on resolving the cause, not just the symptoms. This includes spinal realignment and other physical therapy. It may also include treatments like cold laser therapy. If you are suffering from degenerative discs or osteoporosis, your chiropractor may recommend different supplements and outside specialists.
Pinched nerves should never be ignored. For more information about the treatment options available to you, visit our website or contact us today to make an appointment.