What is A Pinched Nerve?
There are pairs of opening between each spinal bone. Like an open window, nerve openings along your spine must be clear and unobstructed. It’s called a pinched nerve because that’s what it feels like. But there’s a lot more going on!
The 24 moving bones of your spine protect your spinal cord while permitting normal turning and bending. Pairs of nerve roots, one on each side, branch off your spinal cord at each segmental level to service the organs and tissues of your body. When these openings are unobstructed, your brain can properly control and regulate your body. When a spinal bone is malpositioned, it can encroach upon these important nerve openings. Nerve irritation can result.
Do I have a pinched nerve?
It requires a thorough exam to determine for sure whether you have a pinched nerve, but if you have some of the following symptoms it may be time to have Dr. Johnson check them out.
Sharp or burning pain with movement or the area, Numbness or decreased sensation in the area supplied by a nerve, Tingling, “pins and needles” sensations, or Frequent feeling that a foot or hand has “fallen asleep.”
What can Dr. Johnson do for a pinched nerve?
Dr. Johnson is an expert in this field and has helped many people overcome injuries associated with pinched nerves every day. A thorough examination helps identify areas of your spine where spinal bones are stuck and not moving correctly. Then, Dr. Johnson will give them a precise little nudge called a chiropractic adjustment. Your body uses this energy to “right itself” and nerve irritation is reduced. In addition Dr. Johnson will include therapies both in the office and at home that will help with any remaining discomfort, as well as aid in the healing process.
Why should I take care of this right away?
In short, nerves are the lines of communication between your brain and every cell in your body. Beyond the pain you feel, (which will ebb and flow based on what kinds of nerves are being compressed) there is the crucial information passing in both directions between you brain and body telling it how to self regulate and heal. Left unattended a pinched nerve can lead to much greater problems than the pain mainly associated with the early stages of the problem.
Dr. Tyler Johnson and The Chiropractic Center in San Clemente are available 6 days a week to help you with your spinal health and wellness needs. Very often they can get you an appointment the same day you book, so call today.
1502 N. El Camino Real
San Clemente CA 92672