Nerve disorders like sciatica, arm pain and carpal tunnel syndrome.
Sciatica or leg pain is a sign that you have an underlying problem, and there are several causes:
- Disc herniation.
- Degeneration. This can lead to disc disease, and arthritic changes creating osteophytes that can put pressure on nerve roots.
- Piriformis syndrome. The piriformis muscle overlying the sciatic nerve, can contract and spasm causing pressure on the sciatic nerve.
- Pregnancy. The baby can put pressure on your spine and compress the sciatic nerve.
- Spinal stenosis. Narrowing of the intervertebral foramen where the nerves exit from the spinal cord, can put pressure on the nerves that make up the sciatic nerve.
- Trauma. Direct trauma to the sciatic nerve can happen through sporting injuries or car accidents.
- “The Wallet Syndrome”. Sitting on a wallet placed in the back trouser pocket can compress the sciatic nerve.
- Others include: repetitive bad posture, poor lifting techniques, low muscle tone, excessive weight
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel is a painful nerve problem that interferes with the use of your hand. It occurs when tissue or bone puts pressure on the nerve that runs from your neck through your wrist to your fingers. At first you may have numbness, tingling or burning in your hand. Shooting pain in your wrist or forearm may follow, and your grip may become weak. Repetitive hand movements such as computer use or digger driving can cause the tendons to become inflamed and press the nerve against the carpal tunnel. We can manipulate your wrist and do trigger point therapy on the forearm and perhaps spinal manipulation to the neck. Exercises or splints may be recommended.