Your friendly Chiropractor in Chandler AZ, Dr. Dan Rae, is back at the computer today to discuss something that I hear in my office all of the time, and it is not necessarily a diagnosis, but people tend to use it as such.  I am talking about a Pinched Nerve.  Hopefully with this article I will be able to provide some insight into what we all refer to as a Pinched Nerve.

The term “Pinched Nerve” is pretty much a catch-all phrase that we use to describe pain associated with a variety of conditions such as fixated joints, to tunnel syndromes to the referred pain from trigger points.

I have found in my office  what patients call a Pinched Nerve is actually an irritated or inflamed nerve, and the nerve itself is not actually pinched at all.  It is common for nerves to become irritated and inflamed when the bones, joints or muscles of the spine are not moving as they should.

There are some instances when nerves do actually become ‘pinched’, such as in conditions known as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Sciatica and Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.  In every one of these conditions, injury, spasm or inflammation of the surrounding muscles and tissues leads to the nerve being compressed, resulting in substantial pain.  We refer to these conditions as “tunnel syndromes.”  Treating tunnel syndromes can be quite complex, but they usually respond very well to our treatments.  When it comes to these tunnel syndromes we utilize a combination of Chiropractic Care to mobilize the affected joints, soft-tissue therapies such as Active Release Technique (ART) and Graston Technique to mobilize the connective tissue and muscles to relieve pressure from the nerve..

Trigger points are very tight “knots” within the muscle that form when muscles are either being overworked or have sustained an injury, which are described as a pinching or burning pain.  Trigger points typically cause pain that radiates to other areas of the body, which is called referred pain.  Treatment for trigger points requires a combination of Chiropractic Care, stretching and our soft-tissue therapies ART and Graston Technique.

It is quite important that the cause of the pain be diagnosed early.  This is even more important when nerves are affected because severe or long term irritation of a nerve can cause permanent damage.  If you believe that you have a “Pinched Nerve” it is very important that you seek professional care.  In my office, we have seen great results treating patients with these conditions.  Contact us today! (480) 366-4041