An irritated nerve is more common than a pinched nerve.
It is referred to as a facilitative lesion which is a technical way of saying an irritated nerve. Spinal bones and adjacent soft tissues rub, stretch, twist or irritate delicate nerve tissue, affecting how nerve signals are transmitted either to or from the brain. This can affect organs and tissues distant from the spine.
The least common is the pinched nerve, also called a compressive lesion. This is the classic, hard bone on a soft nerve model. While easy to understand, as a practical matter, it’s relatively rare. Numbness and tingling are often present, but not always.
In either case, the chiropractic approach is to help normalize the relationships between the bones, discs and nerves. With restored positional and functional integrity, symptoms usually subside and health can return.
When patients say they have a pinched nerve, we know what they mean. The good news is, regardless of what you call it; at Advanced Chiropractic we have an unusually high success rate without the use of drugs or surgery.