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A simple name for a condition that can cause its sufferer a world of pain, a pinched nerve can cause further complications and is something your Arlington Heights Chiropractor can help you with today! The term "pinched nerve" is a catch-all phrase commonly used to describe pain associated with a variety of conditions such as subluxations, tunnel syndromes, and referred pain from trigger points. We see conditions like these everyday in our Arlington Heights Chiropractic office.
Frequently, when someone says they have a pinched nerve, the nerve itself is not pinched, it is actually an irritated or inflamed nerve. In most cases, irritated and inflamed nerves occur when the bones, joints, or muscles of the spine are either out of alignment or are not moving properly. This condition is called subluxation, and O’Hara Family Chiropractic specializes in treating it.
Pinched nerves do actually occur, as with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Sciatica, and Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. In each of these cases, the pain stems from an injury, spasm, or inflammation of the surrounding muscles and connective tissue that becomes compressed. These conditions are referred to as "tunnel syndromes." Treating a spinal subluxation is much simpler than treating a complex tunnel syndrome; however, tunnel syndromes usually respond extremely well to chiropractic care, especially when combined with other physical therapies such as exercises and stretches.
Trigger points are very tight "knots" of muscle that develop when muscles are chronically overworked or injured. Patients usually complain of pinching or burning pain in the area. Trigger points commonly cause pain that spreads to other areas of the body. This is known as referred pain. Trigger points are successfully treated by combining chiropractic care with stretches and deep tissue massage called trigger point therapy.
It is extremely important that the cause of pain be correctly diagnosed. This is especially imperative when the nerve irritation or compression is severe or long-term because this may lead to permanent nerve damage. If you've been told that you have a pinched nerve, it is necessary for you to seek professional chiropractic care as soon as possible. Contact O’Hara Family Chiropractic today!