The term “pinched nerve” is a term often used by patients to describe a variety of types of pain they may be experiencing. This common phrase is often used by patients as a catch-all phrase for conditions such as neck or shoulder pain, low back or hip pain. Patient’s will say “I have a pinched nerve” when referring to many different types of conditions in which there is pain, swelling or inflammation and/or muscular spasm involved.
In most cases, the nerve itself hasn’t been “pinched.” Often the irritation has occurred because the bones or joints surrounding that painful area are out of alignment. This misalignment causes friction and irritation to those nerves, thus the term “pinched nerve.”
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 suspect you have a pinched nerve or SUBLUXATION…