Natural Treatment for Cervical Radiculopathy from Our Chiropractor in Akron
Tingling fingers, a weakened grip, and arm or shoulder pain. These and other debilitating symptoms may trouble you when you suffer from cervical radiculopathy. Pinched nerve roots can interfere with normal communications between the brain and an upper extremity, leaving you unable to perform manual tasks at home, work at your job, or even sleep comfortably. The good news is that you can relieve yourself of these symptoms here at Dunn Chiropractic, thanks to the natural treatment techniques offered by our chiropractor in Akron.
An Introduction to Cervical Radiculopathy
Cervical radiculopathy involves the inflammation, damage, or compression of the nerve tissue of the cervical spine. In most cases, the compression affects one or more of the major nerve roots that extend from the spinal cord into the shoulder and arm through small gaps in the neck vertebrae. From there, branching nerves conduct signals to the arm, hand, fingers, and thumb.
Unfortunately, it's all too easy for the nerve roots to become pinched. When that happens, the signals coursing through them may be incomplete, distorted, or otherwise faulty. As a result, you may experience sharp pains in any part of the affected limb. You may also struggle with numbness or tingling. The muscles of the arm, hand, or fingers may grow weak or unreliable. These symptoms might make you think you have a damaged hand or arm, when in fact your neck is the source of your trouble.
Many people experience cervical radiculopathy as they enter middle age due to age-related changes in the cervical spine. For example, aging discs often bulge and/or herniate, putting abnormal pressure on the nerve roots. Alignment problems in the vertebral joints can also cause or contribute to cervical radiculopathy. Last but not least, an accident that produces an acute neck injury can cause cervical nerve root inflammation and compression.
Drug-Free Pain Relief and Symptom Management
Thankfully, most sufferers from cervical radiculopathy can achieve pain relief and restore their manual function without resorting to surgery or relying on painkillers. Our chiropractor in Akron can diagnose cervical radiculopathy by evaluating your symptoms and checking your cervical spine for misalignment or a herniated disc. We can then administer chiropractic adjustments or non-surgical spinal decompression to take the pressure off of the nerve roots. If an injury or strain has caused soft tissues to swell up and pinch your cervical nerve roots, we can prescribe massage, acupuncture, and other natural pain relief techniques to help resolve the trouble.
Schedule Your Evaluation and Treatment at Dunn Chiropractic
Dunn Chiropractic can help you get the upper hand over cervical radiculopathy. Contact our Akron chiropractor at 330-733-1203!