A nerve may become pinched as a result of a vertebral subluxation complex, which is nerd talk for a misaligned spinal bone. When spinal bones misalign, they also cause surrounding tissues that are attached to spinal bones to be stressed (tendons, ligaments, intervertebral disc). Any one of these tissues, or even the edema (fluid) produced to stabilize the misaligned bones, may place pressure on the spinal nerve root. This is what is commonly known as a “pinched nerve”.
The human body has several miles of nerve fiber, but only 18% of those nerves feel pain! Can a nerve be pinched and not be painful or cause noticeable symptoms? YES.
“The nervous system coordinates and controls every function of the human body”- Gray’s Anatomy (the book, not the TV show)
A pinched nerve MAY produce uncomfortable symptoms such as:
- Muscle weakness
- Sharp, burning, or aching pain
- “Pins and needles” or the “fallen asleep” sensations in arm, hands, legs , or feet
However, a pinched nerve may cause no noticeable symptoms and can still lead to dysfunction of the body. This can lead down the path of taking unnecessary medications or having unnecessary surgeries.
Make an appointment for you and your family today at Greater Life Chiropractic in Charlotte, NC. We utilize state-of-the-art technology to assess the function of your nervous system. A properly functioning nervous system is pivotal to optimal health.