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Muscle Spasms Caused by Pinched Nerves

Written By Spring Chiropractic on July 17, 2017

Nothing hurts the same way as a pinched nerve.

They cause uncomfortable numbness in the affected areas and if you make the mistake of moving in the wrong way, you’ll be punished with a stabbing pain right from the source of the injury.

Pinched nerves in the back can be especially painful because they often cause muscle spasms, which aggravate the pain further.

What Causes Pinched Nerves?

Any number of things can cause pinched nerves. While pinched nerves often cause muscle spasms, sometimes, it’s the other way around.

When it comes to pinched nerves in your back, the problem is that an intervertebral disc, the vertebrae, or a bone spur has slipped and is now putting pressure on a nerve.

In some cases, the spine isn’t directly involved in the injury. For example, many people end up with pinched nerves because of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Unfortunately, this type of injury can result from extremely benign activities. You could simply wake up with a pinched nerve just because you slept funny.

How Serious Are Pinched Nerves?

If you have one, you already know that, even though pinched nerves don’t require emergency attention, the pain and discomfort is enough that you’ll want it fixed as soon as possible.

When a peripheral nerve is pinched, nutrients can’t naturally flow through the body. Eventually, the membrane’s inability to produce an electrical charge will result in numbness and/or a muscle being unable to contract.

How Do You Fix Pinched Nerves?

The cause of pinched nerves ultimately decides what the proper treatment will entail. Some people are lucky enough that a few simple stretches and range-of-motion exercises will be enough to alleviate the problem entirely.

Other times, if the injury is related to repetitive motions, you might be able to heal a pinched nerve with rest and nothing else.

Many people, though, will need chiropractic care. This is almost always the case when you have bag and leg pain along with a pinched nerve. Without someone manually adjusting your spine, it’s going to be very difficult to take the pressure off your nerve and it could be weeks or months before you finally feel normal again.

Don’t suffer needlessly because of a pinched nerve. If the pain doesn’t begin subsiding with rest or stretching, go see a chiropractor right away.

If you want to heal your body’s pain at the source and learn more about chiropractic, call Spring Chiropractic today at (904) 276-5525 to set up a consultation or contact us with any questions you may have.


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