CHIROPRACTIC & NERVE PAIN
“Organs supplied by impinged nerves exhibit pathological changes and the more serious the impingement, the more serious the damage.” — Henry Winsor, M.D.
For anyone who has ever experienced the excruciating feeling of electrical jolts shooting through their body, or the discomfort of tingling and numbness running down their limbs, will appreciate just how frustrating, and at times even debilitating, nerve pain can be. Common conditions that involve nerve pain and dysfunction are:
• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
• Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis)
• Pinched Nerve
Nerve pain, tingling, and/or numbness are all symptoms of nerve compression. Nerves can become compressed by bones and tissues in the surrounding areas. Nerve pain is much more serious than common everyday pains caused by sore muscles or stiff joints. The nervous system is responsible for the function, regulation, and healing of the entire body; if a nerve is being compressed (referred to as nervous system interference), the functional abilities of that nerve can become compromised, which can lead to dysfunction in the regions of the body that are innervated by that nerve.
Medications, nerve blocks, and surgery are all traditional mechanistic approaches used by patients to relieve nerve pain. While these approaches may be effective in the relief of nerve pain in some cases, they typically do not lead to long-term results because the cause of the nerve compression is not being addressed. The key to solving this problem goes beyond shutting off the alarm signal (nerve pain, tingling, or numbness).
We approach nerve pain very differently. We begin by first identifying where specifically the nerve pain, tingling, or numbness is originating from, then we work to relive the cause of the nerve compression, rather than just address the region where the patient feels the pain. For example, a patient may have searing pain shooting down their arm, but the origin of the pain actually comes from their neck (even though they may not be currently experiencing any neck pain).
At Scott Family Chiropractic, we utilize a holistic approach to health care and to pain relief. Our clinic ensures that each new patient who comes into our clinic undergoes a thorough health history, a detailed spinal examination, a nervous system evaluation, and any other necessary diagnostic testing, prior to beginning chiropractic care with us. Our thorough examination process will seek to identify where the source of the pain is and how much damage has been done to the nerves and surrounding areas. Once we have completed the evaluation, we are then able to give a recommended course of action aimed at removing the interference to the affected nerves, and rehabilitating the affected regions to ensure the likelihood of the problem returning is reduced.