Pinched Nerve Symptoms | Upper Cervical Chiropractor in Mount Dora, FL
Hello again, I’m Dr. Todd with Mount Dora Family Chiropractic. Today we’re talking about pinched nerve symptoms and what are some signs this is what you have. So most commonly, you’re going to have a radiating type pain, okay? We’re talking about a pinched nerve in the neck.
Generally speaking, you’re going to have pain that’s going to radiate past the elbow, okay? This is because you could have impinged nerves in your shoulder that might radiate down to the elbow. If it’s coming from the neck specifically, you’re probably going to get radiating pain potentially all the way down to the hand. The other symptom that you might notice is a pins and needles feeling. So you may or may not have pain, but you could have pins and needles down in the hands. There are specific nerve fibers, you’ve got the radial nerve and median nerve, and they work kind of like a map. So we can actually figure out, depending on where your symptoms are, which nerve is being irritated. You have these several levels in your lower neck, and they all feed together, it’s called your Brachial Plexus, which comes through the shoulder, and then feed into different parts of your arm and hand. So that can definitely be a factor.
Aggravating Positions & Symptoms
The other one is you might even have pain and discomfort in that upper back or scapular area right through there. A lot of times the pinched nerve can be confused with carpal tunnel syndrome. It could be that you have pressure on the nerve here causing hand numbness, tingling, weakness and pain. Or if you’re really lucky, you can have both. You can have a pressure here, and that is called “double crush syndrome”. So hopefully that’s not the case. Pins and needles for sure, as well. So not only it can feel numb from time to time, but you get that tingling feeling almost like bugs are crawling around on little pinprick. Generally speaking, when you have a pinched nerve, one of the signs and symptoms will be numbness, tingling, there’ll be aggravated with certain positions, or movement of the neck. Maybe you move this way, and oh, it just grabbed you and shoots pain down, right? Or maybe it’s looking up in an extension position, right? So certain positions, certain movement, if you’re moving your neck, there’s definitely a biomechanical failure there that’s irritating the nerve which is putting pressure on the nerve exacerbating those symptoms.
Those are some common pinched nerve symptoms. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms please visit our office!