Frequently Asked Questions

How do you fix a pinched nerve?

You must take pressure off of the nerve. Chiropractic adjustments restore motion to the bones in your spine which takes the pressure off the nerves.

Do pinched nerves go away on their own?

Sometimes pinched nerves calm down on their own. It is best to have your chiropractor take x-rays to better understand what is causing the pinched nerve so a proper care plan can be recommended.

What does it feel like to pinch a nerve?

Usually, a pinched nerve causes sharp pain that radiates to another part of the body, such as the arms or legs. Pinched nerves in the lower neck or upper back can cause radiating pain in between the shoulder blades.

What is the fastest way to get rid of a pinched nerve?

The fastest way to get rid of a pinched nerve is to see your chiropractor.

What happens if you let a pinched nerve go untreated?

If left untreated, pinched nerves can get worse. This is why an exam and x-rays are so important. X-rays help determine the cause of the pinched nerve.

What's the difference between a pinched nerve and a pulled muscle?

The difference between a pinched nerve and a pulled muscle is a pinched nerve has sharp pain that radiates to other parts of the body while a pulled muscle has sharp pain and tightness that typically stays in the area of the injured muscle.

When should I see a doctor for a pinched nerve?

If a pinched nerve persists or causes moderate to severe pain, it is time to be seen by a chiropractor. Your chiropractor can perform an examination and take x-rays to determine the cause of your pinched nerve.


Hello, everyone. This is Dr. Aaron Seaton with The Chiropractic Place here in Redding, California. In today's video, we're going to be talking about pinched nerves. And these can happen not just in the neck but also in the low back, and they have this distinctive pattern that exists when they start. Typically, we can feel a burning or a numbness coming on. People describe that the pain is not all the time but tends to worsen at night most of the time. It can happen in the lower neck and start sending these signals into your upper trap and down into your arm. That's that distinct feeling people get when they describe it as a pinched nerve coming in out of their neck, down into the arm. We also can get pinched nerves in our low back, getting low back pain, comes down into the pelvis into the buttock, maybe down the leg. So that's the classic presentation of a pinched nerve. And so, there are things that you can do to help better understand what's going on in your specific case. First off, we need to understand the underlying issue that's going on. And most of the time, that underlying issue exists in the spine because those nerves, when you feel that pinched nerve coming down the arm, well, they originate right up here in your neck.

Or in if your leg and you're feeling a pinched nerve down your leg, those originate in your low back and in your pelvis. So what we do in our office is evaluate that underlying issue in the spine. We do digital x-rays in our office to take a look at these areas of the spine to see, Is there any existing arthritis, degenerative disc disease? Is there a change in the curvature? Maybe it's something as simple as that, that there have been postural issues going on for a while. Was there a recent trauma of any kind? Did they fall asleep in a weird position causing their neck or their low back to lock up? So there's a lot of different variables, as a chiropractor, that I'm looking at. So when somebody describes that they have a pinched nerve, I want to hear what's happened. Has it been the last few days, the last few months? What are some of those underlying factors so that we can get to the root of the problem? Obviously, we want to take those x-rays, as well, to see that area of the spine. Is there anything in there, anything that could indicate what's happened or better help us serve that person to get that pinched nerve to clear up.

So what to do about that? Most of the time, we see somebody with a pinched nerve, some bone is stuck, and we need to put motion back into that joint to get pressure off that nerve. So we have bones in our spine, and between those bones, what exits out are those nerves. And if that bone gets stuck and is putting pressure on that nerve, it makes it hard for that nerve to properly function, and that's what can trigger that pinched nerve feeling. So if you've never been to a chiropractor, and if you're experiencing this pinched nerve, rest assured, what we do in our office is do detailed history and consultation with the patient. We're going to take digital x-rays to understand better how to help you, and then we're going to get down to getting you adjusted in getting that moving if we find what we're looking for. So if you have any questions about pinched nerves and you have any questions about chiropractic care regarding pinched nerves, please give our office a call. We're happy to answer any questions that you may have. My name is Dr. Aaron Seaton with The Chiropractic Place here in Redding, California.

Call our office today to schedule an appointment to kickstart your healthy life: 530-221-8443

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