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Pinched nerves typically occur when too much pressure is applied to nerves by inflammation and/or their surrounding tissues, such as cartilage, bones, tendons, or muscles. The disruption of nerve function can result in symptoms such as tingling or pins and needles, numbness, shooting pain, weakness, and a burning sensation. The sciatic nerve is one of the most common pinched nerves in the body. This nerve runs down from one’s low back to the buttocks, and behind the leg and the foot.

Although pinched nerves are considered very common, they are definitely not considered normal. This condition is often caused by poor posture due to long hours of sitting in front of the computer or while driving, or even a poor night’s sleep. Reaching above one’s head or lifting heavy objects could also be the cause of a compressed or pinched nerve.

Most people suffering from compressed or pinched nerves simply opt to wait until the pain goes away. However, the damage remains and reoccurs until proper treatment and care is given.

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen and aspirin are common medical treatment for pinched nerves, as these are used to decrease pain. These medications, however, simply cover up the problem instead of taking the pressure of the nerve. Another common medical option is to undergo surgery, which results in months of rehabilitation, and perhaps even succeeding surgeries in the future.

Chiropractor Dr. Nick Baiata of Atlantic Beach can determine the exact location of the pinched nerve, and treat the area in a safe and effective manner. Not only can a capable chiropractor relieve pressure from the nerve, but he can also offer significant relief from the pain of the pinched nerve.