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  • Writer's pictureDr. Thomas A. Harmody

What is a pinched nerve?

Chiropractor Vero Beach, Fl.- Injuries can sometimes irritate nerves that exit the spine from the neck or lower back. When a nerve has been irritated, the body will usually react by causing a muscle spasm in the area. This muscle spasm keeps us from moving our back or neck too much in any direction further injuring the nerve. Swelling and inflammation can occur in the area which can make the nerve worse. Depending on how injured the nerve is, you can have referral pain along the pathway of the nerve. Often times, icing the area down can reduce the swelling and irritation, taking pressure off of the nerve. A chiropractor can apply an adjustment to area correcting the fixation that irritated the nerve in the first place. This allows the nerve to heal itself, which in turn can reduce the muscle spasm in the affected area. Stretching or applying therapy to the muscle can reduce the pain the muscle creates. The key is to remove the pressure from the nerve to reduce the irritation of the nerve. Tune in next time on more information on referral nerve pain such as sciatica. Dr. Thomas Harmody is a chiropractor at Vero Walk-In Chiropractic in Vero Beach, Fl.

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