When too much pressure is applied to the nerves from the tissues, the nerve that is compressed can impair your body. Pinched nerves result in pain and inflammation and some cases can cause mobility issues. Common places for pinched nerves occur in the arms, legs, and feet but can occur throughout the whole body.
Pinched Nerve Symptoms
Most pinched nerve symptoms are manageable and end up correcting themselves on their own, however sometimes pain can become unmanageable and chronic pain can result.
1. Pins and Needles
The body is composed of three different types of nerves- sensory, motor, and autonomic nerves. When sensory nerves are compromised pins and needles occur and signals cannot be sent to other parts of the body.
2. Decreased Sensation or Numbness
Poor blood flow which deprives nerve cells of the oxygen results in numbness or loss of sensation. This symptom may not go away until you receive pinched nerve treatment.
3. Foot or Hand “Falling Asleep”
When the nerve is compressed, the arm or leg may feel as if it fell asleep due to being in the same place for a long period. If this symptom occurs spontaneously, it’s best to reach out to a physician for further testing.
4. Burning Pain or Aches
Common pinched nerve symptoms, this pain occurs because something near the nerve is inflamed and compressed, or the nerve itself is irritated. This will be a sharp pain that might radiate outward where the nerve ends, like the lower leg or hand.
5. Muscle Weakness
Muscle weakness occurs when the motor nerves send messages to the brain that the nerve is being pinched. This results in weakness as the nerve is not functioning correctly.
A spinal adjustment or manipulation can be performed to treat the pinched nerve and allow for proper circulation throughout the body. When circulation is improved, the body can heal faster and aid in preventing future damage.
If you are suffering from a pinched nerve, our Atlanta chiropractors will provide you with an exam and then create a treatment plan based on your individualized needs. Contact us today to learn more at (404) 889-8828.