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The nervous system is interconnected throughout our bodies, allowing organs to function properly and a person to respond to stimuli. The nervous system goes from our head to our toes. If something is out of whack in our neck, it may be felt in the arm of thigh. When someone suffers from a pinched nerve, it means that a nerve is compressed and in an abnormal position.

Pinched nerves are somewhat common and can be caused by improper posture, lifting heavy items, slipped disc or reaching for something in an awkward way. Sometimes nerve pain is caused by a more severe issue such as fibromyalgia, spinal stenosis, piriformis syndrome or a herniated disc.

Most people do not treat their nerve pressure, and instead try to maintain their pain levels assuming it will go away on its own. Some will also resort to medication with severe side effects that provides no long term cure.

Chiropractic doctors, who are specially trained in nervous system issues, can easily treat pinched nerves. The chiropractor will exam a patient’s back, arms, legs and feet and note any misaligned vertebrae, also known as subluxations or extreme areas of pain. When these vertebrae or nerves are out of place, they can put intense pressure on the nerves in the spine and sciatica, the same cause of a pinched nerve.

Once noting any subluxations, the chiropractor will prescribe a treatment plan, which will most likely involve spinal manipulation. These adjustments can be done using the hands or a special device, and are a gentle, non-invasive way to put misaligned vertebrae back where they belong.

After the spine and sciatica is aligned, nerve blocks are removed allowing blood to bring oxygen and other nutrients throughout the body. This improved circulatory function can help relieve pain and boost the immune system. Regular visits may also help a pinched nerve heal faster and prevent future damage. When left untreated, pinched nerves can cause extreme pain, reduced mobility, and inflammation.

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Pain from unknown nerve damage causes that stimulates the nerves continually, if not resolved, can make the nerves more sensitive to pain. This becomes a downward spiral for those with back or neck pain.

Over time, there is so much stimulation of the nerve in the form of pain, that it changes the nerve and causes ongoing pain (even after the problem has been resolved).

The pain signal is sent to the nervous system, even without tissue damage. Even worse, there may not be a definitive point of pain. Eventually the pain becomes the problem, as the nervous system is somehow misfiring and creating its own pain.

Neuropathic pain results from Nerve Injury or Disease Damage to, or dysfunction, the peripheral or central nervous system, rather than stimulation of the pain receptors. Diagnosis is suggested by pain that is out of proportion to the tissue injury, such as burning or tingling.

In other words the nerves themselves are causing the pain because they have become damaged and malfunction. The nerves become the source of pain and pain relief becomes harder to find even with an experienced qualified specialist.

Types of Nerve Damage and Symptoms

The category of pain (pain that persists when there is no apparent physical reason) has only recently been investigated seriously. This type of pain may indicate that the nerves carrying the pain signals to the brain may have been damaged from the previous injury. These damaged nerves continue to broadcast messages of pain to the brain even though the tissue damage has healed.

For most people, neuropathic pain feels like a severe shooting pain or a shooting, stabbing pain. It can radiate and cause pain along the entire nerve path. A condition associated with nerve pain is peripheral neuropathy. Many of these patients suffer from symptoms of painful cramping and burning, numbness, weakness of the arms and legs and interruption of sleep. Approximately 20 million American suffer from this debilitating disease, and it is commonly associated with diabetes. Neuropathy symptoms can also occur in Salinas patients suffering from restless leg syndrome, sciatic neuropathy, and recently has been linked to statin drugs which are used to lower cholesterol.

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