The term “pinched nerve” is a term often used by patients to describe a variety of types of pain they may be experiencing. On the internet we see people constantly searching “pinched nerve in my neck”, “pinched nerve in my back”, and “did I pinch a nerve.” These common phrases are often used by patients as a catch-all phrase for conditions such as neck pain, shoulder pain, low back pain, or hip pain.
Strangely in most cases, the nerve itself hasn’t actually been “pinched.” Often the irritation occurs because the bones or joints surrounding that painful area are out of alignment. This misalignment causes friction and irritation to those nerves since they’re a little slightly out of place from where they belong.
While as doctors we know this is actually a misalignment causing the issue, we certainly understand the feeling our patients have from it – so calling it a “pinched nerve” certainly makes sense!
Chiropractors call a joint misalignment which creates nerve pressure a SUBLUXATION. When subluxations occur, it creates pressure on the nerve and surrounding tissues causing inflammation which then leads to pain. Subluxations commonly are found within the spinal column but can occur in any joint in the body. In turn, they can cause a variety of symptoms depending on which nerves and tissues are involved. The condition of Subluxation is what Doctors of Chiropractic specialize in treating.
If you are experiencing neck pain or back pain, discomfort, numbness, or loss of strength from a “pinched nerve,” make sure to contact us and share your symptoms. At Southern Tier Spine and Disc – we specialize in helping patients relieve pain with multiple proven treatments that may include Chiropractic Care, Spinal Decompression Therapy, and Deep Tissue Laser Therapy.
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