THE term pinched nerve describes one type of damage or injury to a nerve or set of nerves. The injury may result from compression, constriction, or stretching. Symptoms include numbness, “pins and needles” or burning sensations, and pain radiating outward from the injured area. One of the most common examples of a single compressed nerve is the feeling of having a foot or hand “fall asleep”. Pinched nerves can sometimes lead to other conditions such as peripheral neuropathy, carpal tunnel syndrome, and tennis elbow. The extent of such injuries may vary from minor, temporary damage to a more permanent condition. Early diagnosis is important to prevent further damage or complications. MOST COMMON TYPES • SciaticaPain radiating along the sciatic nerve, which runs down one or both legs from the lower back.• Cervical radiculopathyA pinched or irritated nerve in the neck causing pain, numbness or weakness radiating into the chest or arm.• Thoracic radiculopathyA rare disease of the root of a nerve in the middle (thoracic) section of the spine. CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT Chiropractic treatment has proven to be most effective in the treatment of Pinched nerves. When you arrive for your appointment, a full case history will be taken, you will be assessed and specific treatment administered. Treatment may include dry needling, acupuncture, electrotherapy, Chiropractic mobilisations or adjustments, specific home treatments, exercises including stretching, strengthening and proprioceptive. •To book an appointment contact Dr Natasha Singh — Chiropractor at 032 551 1376.