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Posted on 01-12-2018

Preventing Numbness and Tingling with Chiropractic Care with Your Clermont Chiropractor

The most common cause of numbness and tingling in arms, legs, hands and fingers is a pinched (compressed) nerve. For various reasons, the increased pressure surrounding the nerve leads to inflammation causing numbness and tingling. Peripheral nerves located outside the spinal cord and brain are prone to compression, although nearly any nerve can suffer compression. To eliminate symptoms of a pinched nerve, your Clermont chiropractor removes pressure on affected nerves with spinal adjustments, mechanical traction, moist heat therapy or exercises to strengthen weakened soft tissues.

hand numbess and tingling

Reasons for Numbness and Tingling

Pinched nerves due to swelling of tissues surrounding the nerve may be caused by:

  • Injury to the neck, back, shoulders or other heavily innervated areas of the body
  • Misaligned spinal vertebrae
  • Arthritis or rheumatoid arthritis of joints
  • Stress on joints and soft tissues due to performing repetitive motions
  • Obesity
  • Bone spurs pressing against nerves
  • Diabetes
  • Prolonged bed rest
  • Pregnancy
  • Thyroid disease (one of several underlying causes of carpal tunnel syndrome)

Getting chiropractic treatment at Michaux Family Chiropractic in Clermont for pinched nerves relieves pressure almost immediately. Normal nerve functioning returns quickly as inflammation and swelling of soft tissues diminish. Failing to receive proper care for pinched nerves could result in chronic pain caused by serious and sometimes permanent nerve damage.

Symptoms of a Pinched Nerve

In addition to numbness and tingling, you may also experience:

  • Pain radiating into your buttocks, hips and legs, especially if the sciatic nerve is compressed
  • Burning sensations ("pins and needles")
  • Weakness of hands, legs or arms affected by a pinched nerve
  • Worsening of symptoms while performing specific movements

How Your Clermont Chiropractor Diagnosis a Pinched Nerve

If your Michaux Family chiropractor thinks your numbness and tingling is caused by a pinched nerve, he may order one of several diagnostic tests such as nerve conduction studies, electromyographies (EMGs) magnetic resonance imaging tests (MRIs) and ultrasound. An ultrasound test utilizes sound waves that reflect off internal structures to provide clear images to your chiropractor. Ultrasound is especially helpful for diagnosing carpal tunnel syndrome, a common pinched nerve condition affecting your wrist, hand and fingers.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Clermont Chiropractor

Spinal adjustments are effective treatments for relieving compression of pinched nerves within and surrounding the spine. Cryotherapy, moist heat therapy, mechanical traction (spinal decompression therapy) and physical therapy are also nonsurgical, nonpharmaceutical methods of alleviating pinched nerve symptoms and restoring health and functioning to your nervous system.

Schedule an appointment today at Michaux Family Chiropractic in Clermont by calling 352-243-7300.

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