Pinched Nerves

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Picture yourself in a staff meeting and you were crossing your leg for so long that your foot fell asleep. It’s the worst feeling! And it is even worse when you get up and you can’t get rid of the pins and needles that are going up and down your leg. Though this is a common thing that happens if you sit with your legs crossed for too long, it also could be a sign of a pinched nerve. What exactly is a “pinched nerve” you might ask? Let us explain further about what it is, how you can diagnose it, and how you can prevent it in the future. A “pinched nerve” can be caused by a variety of things and can be felt in different locations on the body. A herniated disk in your lower spine, for example, may put pressure on a nerve root, causing pain that radiates down the back of your leg. Likewise, a pinched nerve in your wrist can lead to pain and numbness in your hand and fingers (carpal tunnel syndrome). What types of symptoms should I look for? - Numbness or decreased sensation in the area supplied by the nerve - Sharp, aching or burning pain, which may radiate outward - Tingling, pins and needles sensations - Muscle weakness in the affected area - Frequent feeling that a foot or hand has "fallen asleep" - What might have caused my pinched nerve? There are different culprits as to why you have a pinched nerve, some might include the following: - Injury - Rheumatoid or wrist arthritis - Stress from repetitive work - Hobbies or sports activities - Obesity What things can I do to prevent a pinched nerve? - Maintain good positioning — don't cross your legs or lie in any one position for a long time. - Incorporate strength and flexibility exercises into your regular exercise program. - Limit repetitive activities and take frequent breaks when engaging in these activities. - Maintain a healthy weight. How can WE help you out? If you are considering whether or not to come in, stop now and schedule an appointment. Chiropractic care is a fantastic way to relieve a pinched nerve of the pressure that is causing your pain. And the sooner the BETTER! The faster you get it taken care of, the lower the risk for permanent nerve damage! So, come in TODAY and we will get you taken care of! For more information on pinched nerves, click the following link:

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