Nervous About Trapped Nerves? Find the Cause of Your Pain

By: Dr. David Koivuranta, DC, Jul 10, 2017
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Dr. Dave, Toronto Chiropractor

How do you get a trapped nerve?

Has anything ever gotten on your nerves?

A situation, a person, an event…someone or something that just made you irritated or bothered? When something gets on our nerves, it’s hard for us to be at our best. Often, it can be hard for us to focus on what we want to be doing or for us to have a good experience.

The irritation takes our focus away and doesn’t allow us to be our best.

This is not a happy situation! 

Although we talk about something getting on our nerves in a figurative fashion, in actuality we can have nerves that are irritated, pinched or even “trapped.”

Sciatica, impingement syndromes, outlet syndromes, dysfunction and other fancy terms exist for these problematic nerves.

But what are the symptoms of these “trapped” nerves?

Some symptoms of a “trapped” nerve depend on which nerve is involved and where along its length the problem may be happening.

Other symptoms can be similar in nature regardless of the nerve involved or what area it’s happening in.

For example, a commonly entrapped nerve is the sciatic nerve leading to the pain that people notice in their leg often referred to as sciatica.

Although any physiological effects and other effects are unique to that nerve, there can also be pain, numbness, tingling, muscle wasting or weakness and other symptoms that are common to other such nerve problems.

Taking this into account, where you feel any symptoms will be specific to certain nerves

What you feel and how you feel it can be similar in many regions where nerve entrapment is possible.

Further to this and again specific to the individual nerves are what body parts are effected.

If a nerve in the lower neck is entrapped, it can commonly create symptoms in the neck, arm and hand while also effecting function of organs, glands and blood vessels in the area as well as possibly the heart and lungs.

Symptoms of a trapped nerve can be far reaching and often sub-clinical, meaning you may not feel or notice them but they are affecting you.

Trapped nerve consequences

Like sciatica, if the nerves from the neck are entrapped at the spine or as they travel through the chest and shoulder area, someone can experience the pain, numbness, tingling, muscle wasting or weakness into the arm versus the leg.

Trapped nerves in the lower back and pelvis area can also effect organ, gland and blood vessel function as with intestinal control, bladder regulation, reproductive organ control and leg circulation.

Source of the pain

An interesting thing to note in this possible series of consequences is that sometimes nerves that are trapped can have far reaching implications from the source of their irritation.

For example, nerves can become entrapped in the upper portion of the neck and potentially, either directly or indirectly, have an effect on the nerve function that controls two-thirds of the organs, glands and blood vessels in the body, right down to a portion of the large intestine.

Similarly, nerves that are trapped in the upper back can affect the function of structures in the head.

Trapped nerve symptoms

The symptoms of nerves being trapped can be as varied as the things they control, regulate and heal.

From the common symptoms of pain, numbness, tingling, muscle wasting or weakness to the more specific symptoms attached to which body parts a particular nerve may be responsible for, the effects can be far reaching and identifying the cause or source as well as the possible options for resolution is valuable.

Knowing that this relationship exists between nerve entrapment and body function, treating the actual problem versus the symptom can make a big difference in the health and wellness of the individual.

The owner of David Koivuranta Chiropractic in Yorkville (downtown Toronto, ON), Dr. Dave, as he is affectionately known, has created a health and wellness service and information program to fulfill his desire to educate, inform and entertain people as broadly as his clinical and speaking efforts will take him. He has treated patients with chiropractic care, nutritional consulting, weight management programs and technology like non-surgical spinal decompression. His experience in this regard is vast and allows him to meet people and patients where they are at with their health challenges and goals.

Dr. Dave graduated from Northwestern Health Sciences University in Minneapolis, MN with a Bachelors in Human Biology and a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree at the top of his class!…summa cum laude. His mission is to help serve as many people as possible on a path to living healthy lives forever,