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What is a Pinched Nerve?

At Bloomingdale Chiropractic, we treat many patients for back pain, neck pain, and sciatica pain. While our clients each come for different reasons, most of them have these pains due to a pinched nerve in the neck or spine. In fact, pinched nerves are very common among the population, especially for athletes and people involved in intense labor. According to a study by Core Performance, about 90 percent of the people who develop low back pain will attribute their pain to a pinched nerve.

The symptoms of a pinched nerve can be slightly different depending on the location of the nerve. However, the three most common locations for pain from a pinched nerve are in the back, neck, and sciatica (pain radiates down the leg). Here is a list of the most common symptoms of a pinched nerve:

Symptoms depend on the location of the pinched nerve. Regardless of location, here are some common denominator red flags:

  • Numbness (like when your foot “falls asleep”)
  • Tingling sensation in the limbs
  • Pain radiating from the source to another part of the body (like sciatica in which the pain radiates down the leg)
  • Increased pain when walking, running, standing, twisting or lifting
  • Possible weakness or muscle atrophy (diminished muscle mass)
  • When nerves in the neck are involved, the symptoms might be mistaken for a heart attack, and the symptoms may include headaches, dizziness, or difficulty in sleeping.

If you are having these symptoms, including back pain, neck pain, or sciatica pain, it is important for you to schedule a consultation with your chiropractor. Your chiropractor will help you analyze the situation to find out if you have a pinched nerve or something more serious. You may be asked to answer questions about your pain, your medical history, and your lifestyle habits to help your chiropractor identify the source of your discomfort.

If you are suffering from these symptoms of back pain, neck pain, sciatica pain, or any of the other symptoms listed above, call our office to schedule an appointment. We can help you improve your quality of life.


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