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Posted on 04-23-2012
The term "pinched nerve" is commonly known, but what exactly causes it? A pinched nerve is a direct result of disc herniation, a condition that can cause great pain if left untreated. Pinched nerves cause pain that can vary in intensity and frequency from dull to shooting, intermittent to persistent, as well as numbness, weakness, and tingling. While pain medications can aid in alleviating any ensuing discomfort or pain, a pinched nerve will suffer progressive damage and continue to cause pain until the surrounding discs cease to place excessive pressure on it.
Discs are the spine's natural shock absorbers; they are made up of pliable, spongy tissue that cushions the vertebrae. Healthy discs keep the spine flexible. Damage to the disc is known as herniation and can cause rupturing, slipping or bulging, which seriously hinders the disc's function and affects surrounding structures, including the spine and nerves. When a disc is damaged or has slipped out of place, pinched nerves can be expected.
Disc herniation can occur anywhere within the spine and be caused by a number of factors. In most cases, disc herniation is the result of one or more of the following:
· Untreated injury to the spine
· Repeated trauma to the spine (heavy lifting, remaining in the same position for long periods, etc.)
· Lack of physical activity
In order to relieve the pain caused by a pinched nerve, it is necessary to determine the degree of disc herniation and correct it. Patients in NYC who are suffering from back pain or pinched nerves (common symptoms of disc herniation) should consider non-surgical spinal decompression. This is a highly-effective, noninvasive treatment that I have specialized in for over a decade, and was one of the first chiropractors in NYC to introduce this technique. Most cases of herniated discs do not require surgery. With the aid of the DRX 9000 device, a computer-aided engine that enlarges the space between vertebrae in order to return discs to their normal state, I have helped countless patients recover their health and eliminate pain without surgery or drugs. Spinal decompression produces excellent results in a short period of time; the exact number of sessions required will depend on the extent of each individual's disc herniation. Patients looking to obtain long-term relief from back pain or pinched nerves stemming from disc herniation are encouraged to contact me for a spinal decompression consultation.
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