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What is a Pinched Nerve?

West Boca Raton chiropractor Dr. DellaBella answers your questions about back pain and pinched nerves. In this video, he explains what a pinched nerve is, and why it can be so painful for your back and spine. Watch the video to learn more, the transcription is below the video for your convenience. If you have any more questions, or want to request an appointment, please fill out our Appointment Request form or give our office a call at 561-488-4000.

Pinched Nerve Video Transcript

"Hello my name is Allan DellaBella; I am a chiropractic physician in West Boca Raton, FL.

Today I have been asked to respond to the question: What is a pinched nerve? We are going to start off using a prop, I have a plastic spine. Now this is a spine, from front to back all the spinous processes which are what you feel when you touch your back, the little bumps line up perfectly straight over each other. From the side all the nerves come out of these holes. Now these vertebrae turn when we turn, However on occasion the vertebrae turn and gets stuck and what you see from the side is how it compresses the nerve as it exits the spinal cord.

Now keep in mind the spinal cord runs down the middle of the spine and then branches off to these nerve roots. So when you compress one of these you’re virtually compressing the direct root that comes off of the spine which is why it’s so painful. Now a pinched nerve can create headaches, neck pain, mid-back pain, low-back pain, sciatic pain which radiates pain down the leg it can cause a myriad of symptoms. To help explain this I am going to show you this chart.

For instance if you were to pinch a nerve in your mid-neck to upper back these nerves come down and travel down your arm which can end up in radicular pain down the arm. The same thing happens in the low-back which is a little easier to see on this side. If you pinch the nerves in the low-back this can cause sciatic pain right down the leg all the way down to the toes. So the point of a pinched nerve is that it can be extremely painful and can cause a myriad of symptoms.

Another thing a pinched nerve can do is if you pinch a nerve in your upper neck the greater and lesser occipital nerve comes across this way and across this way from the upper vertebrae in your neck. So if you pinch your nerve it can cause headaches. So a pinched nerve can as I said create all kinds of different problems.

Through chiropractic manipulation we can straighten out the spine and alleviate the pressure of the nerve therefore reducing the need for medication, reducing the need for any other kind of treatment where we actually fix the cause of the problem we don’t just mask it."

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