Many people have heard of having a “Pinched Nerve” in their neck. This condition is actually referred to as Cervical Radiculopathy. In this condition, the nerve root in your neck becomes compressed or “pinched” by another structure. This can be caused by a herniated disc, a bone spur due to degeneration or various other reasons. You may feel symptoms of pain, numbness/tingling, or weakness. These symptoms can present themselves locally in the neck, or regionally down your arm or between your shoulders. Believe it or not, specific weakness in your arm, shoulders or hands could be due to a dysfunctional nerve in your neck. At Kailua Wellness Center, our Chiropractors are trained to identify which structures in your neck have become dysfunctional. They will then take the appropriate steps to take the pressure off the nerve that has been compressed. This is generally done through a series of adjustments, manual traction (decompression), and active release therapy to break up tight muscles. Once the nerve is no longer being “pinched” symptoms will begin to clear up and strength can start to return. Following resolution of pain symptoms, our Chiropractors will teach specific strengthening and postural exercises to add more stability to the previously affected areas so the symptoms do not return. Posture can play a huge role in this disorder, so the Chiropractors at Kailua Wellness Center will also prepare you with tips and tricks to remain healthy for the long term. If you think you have a pinched nerve, or experience any of the symptoms described above give Kailua Wellness Center a call at (808) 261-8181.
Dr. Jared Campbell, DC (Doctor of Chiropractic at Kailua Wellness Center)