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Compression of spinal cord tissue and spinal nerve roots can most definitely leave you in a pinch. When these structures are impinged due to pressure from nearby components such as herniated discs or misaligned vertebrae, you can be subjected to a variety of painful symptoms, as well as loss of physical function that could deprive you of your ability to live your everyday life or perform your job. Happily, major surgery is not the only means of relieving the symptoms of compressed nerve tissue. Here at Shadowood Chiropractic Center, we offer non-surgical spinal decompression to put your nervous system back into good working order.
The spinal cord is partly enveloped by the bones and joints of the spinal column, with its major nerve roots poking out through small gaps. While this arrangement can provide the sensitive nerve tissues with some protection against impacts, it can also cause its own share of pain and dysfunction. When spinal structures lose their correct position for whatever reason, they can press against the spinal cord or the spinal nerve roots. If this occurs in the cervical spine, you may experience cervical radiculopathy, which includes tingling, weakness, pain, or loss of feeling in the hands or arms. If it occurs in the lumbar spine, pressure against the sciatic nerve may produce similar sensations in the legs and feet -- a syndrome we call sciatica.
What causes this compression of nerve tissue? The most obvious cause might be an accident injury that dislodges vertebral joints and/or allows herniated discs to push their inner materials onto the nerve roots. More commonly, however, chronic issues lead to spinal nerve compression. For example, if your discs lose some of their water content and "go flat," they may bulge outward onto the nerve roots (where they may then herniate as well). Arthritic or overgrown vertebral joints, undiagnosed spinal alignment problems, or simple poor posture can put pressure on nerve tissue.
If you've heard about major surgical procedures that remove or fuse parts of your spinal column to relieve nerve compression, rest assured that most patients don't actually need such severe measures. Our Boca Raton chiropractor, Dr. Allan DellaBella, can use non-surgical spinal decompression to relieve your symptoms. The process is safe, easy, and painless. Once you are harnessed to our specialized treatment table, you simply relax as the table administers a small amount of flexion distraction force to the spinal column. This creates vacuum pressure that pulls a bulging or herniated disc away from nerve tissue and back into position. We can supplement this technique with other forms of treatment to help you feel better without surgery or drugs.
Stop feeling the pinch of spinal nerve compression. Call Shadowood Chiropractic Center at 561-488-4000 to find out whether spinal decompression therapy is the right solution for you!