What Causes Pinched Nerves?

Pain of any kind is a warning that a problem exists. This holds true for a pinched nerve. It’s a signal that damage or injury has occurred to a nerve or set of nerves. You need to pay attention to this warning and address the cause of the pinched nerve.

Therefore, Bluegrass Chiro, serving Winchester, KY, and Elizabethtown, KY, wants to keep you informed about what causes nerves to be compressed and how our chiropractor can help you with this problem.

Causes of a Pinched Nerve

A nerve becomes pinched when there is too much pressure on the nerve. The pressure may come from bones, tendons, or ligaments. This compression causes pain, tingling, numbness, or weakness.

While these affects may be temporary or mild, they can become chronic and severe. If so, seeking chiropractic services offers relief from the pain caused by compressed nerves.

Common Areas Affected

Common areas affected include:

  • Neck
  • Shoulder
  • Back
  • Upper chest
  • Arm and elbow
  • Wrist and hand

Common Causes

The nerves in these areas can be affected due to:

  • Misalignment
  • Aging or degeneration
  • Injury
  • Repetitive Motion
  • Stress from poor body positioning
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Pregnancy


To relieve the irritation of the nerve, the underlying condition needs to be addressed. Whatever is pressing on the nerve needs to be treated so that pressure on the nerve is relieved. Our chiropractor can manually adjust the tissue surrounding the nerve.

Treatment for pinched nerves needs to be tailored to the causes. For example, massage therapy may be used to treat a nerve compressed by muscle tissue. Also, chiropractic services address the issue from a whole health approach that includes corrective exercises and lifestyle changes to prevent reoccurrence.

Chiropractic provides a natural, conservative, natural treatment option. It alleviates nerve compression with attention to body alignment. A chiropractor focuses on the overall health of the musculoskeletal system.

Contact us at Bluegrass Chiro if you’re in Winchester, KY, or Elizabethtown, KY, to alleviate the pain from a compressed nerve.

Bluegrass Chiro Locations

We have 12 chiropractic locations across the Bluegrass state to bring you pain relief that is local and convenient. Find your closest office and click below to visit that location and learn more about your local pain relief and chiropractic team.