Pinched Nerve or Numbness and Tingling
Numbness and tingling can be alarming complaints. This is usually caused by a nerve being compressed somewhere along its course from the spine down into the arms and hands or legs and feet. If left untreated, it can potentially end with surgery as the only treatment option.
In order to relieve numbness and tingling, we first need to discover where the nerve is being pinched. This can often be determined through a thorough examination of both the spine and extremities using orthopedic and neurological testing. If the problem isn’t revealed during these tests, imaging such as x-rays, MRIs, and nerve conduction studies help pinpoint the problem.
Most of the time the cause is the result of misalignments and altered motion between the vertebrae or bones of the spine, through which the nerves pass. However, there is typically additional nerve pressure caused by muscles that are too tight and have shortened from poor posture (sitting too much) or past injury. A combination of gentle chiropractic treatment, myofascial release of the key muscles and specific exercises can usually fix these problems.
Conditions that can cause/contribute to numbness and tingling include Osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease, and disc herniations. Traction based therapies including Decompression can be very beneficial.
Conditions in the extremities such as piriformis syndrome, thoracic outlet syndrome, and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome all respond quite favorably to chiropractic treatment.
If you are having numbness and tingling, schedule an appointment today so that we can start you on the road to recovery.
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Spinal and Sports Care Clinic
12905 E Sprague Ave.
Spokane Valley, WA 99216-0731