Nerves are the communication channels of the body. When nerves become impaired, instead of sending messages about normal physical functioning, they send pain messages which indicate that they cannot do their job. Nerve Impingement Syndrome (NIS) occurs when the bones of the spine-the vertebrae-become misaligned and place pressure on a nerve or nerves. This pressure interferes with normal nerve signaling function. Pain and other discomfort is experienced but because the channel is disrupted, mysterious symptoms can be felt in other areas of the body served by that nerve and these symptoms may not be immediately association with the spinal condition. The doctors at Chapman Spine and Orthopedic Institute can locate the exact cause of nerve impingement and develop a plan that will alleviate the pain by treating the source.
Vertebrae misalignment-sometimes referred to as subluxation-can be caused by accidents, injuries, blows, and falls. Other more insidious causes are poor posture, poor diet, weak muscles or life issues such as financial stress or relationship problems.
Diagnosis and Treatment
Because the nerves are impacted, the symptoms of NIS can be varied and even mysterious. Headaches, mood swings and disorders, sleep disturbances, excessive fatigue, allergies and sinus problems, and even digestive troubles can be symptoms of NIS. Our diagnostic specialists use a variety of imaging systems to exactly identify the root cause of the pain. X-ray imaging and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can identify subluxations. Other tests assess electrical activity, determine if an infection is present or identify microscopic tears in tissues.
Treatment options depend on the exact cause of the nerve impingement. Sometimes the best treatment for mild cases is simply resting the affected area. Conservative therapies include medication for pain and inflammation, hot/cold therapy, and mild exercising. Sometimes back surgery is the best option when the nerve is being damaged by bone fragments or impinged upon by a herniated disc.
Our doctors can recommend a treatment program that will give you the most relief with the least invasive procedures. You can have a pain-free life.
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for care when you are suffering from nerve impingement or subluxations.