When you get nerve damage in any part of the body, you may experience loss of sensation or muscle weakness. Nerves play a role in everything that you do. Any damage to them can result in chronic nerve pain.
Nerves are in three categories:
Motor nerves enable movement by communicating to muscles; the brain and spinal cord are vital in this process.
Autonomic nerves control your involuntary body functions. Examples of these include heart rate, blood pressure, and digestion.
Sensory nerves pass information from the skin and muscles to your brain and spinal cord.
Common signs and symptoms of nerve damage include:
Complete or partial paralysis
Fasciculation or twitching
Failure to recognize chest pain
Tingling in the extremities or pins and needles
Pain in the back, neck, and limbs
Migraines and headaches
Limited movement and slowed reflexes
Hypersensitivity to temperature and touch
Some causes include diabetes, blood issues, nutritional imbalances, and physical trauma. Diabetes allows high glucose levels to flow into your bloodstream. This results in numbness, weakness, tingling, and burning feet. Nutritional imbalances, like lack of vitamin B12 or excess vitamin B6, cause nerve pain.
Blood issues can result in a low supply of oxygen, causing nerve pain. Physical trauma can sever nerve bonds. This could be from car accidents, sports injuries, falls, or soft tissue injuries. A broken limb or dislocated joint can put excess strain on your nerves.
Chiropractors use several diagnostic tools to diagnose nerve damage depending on your condition. For instance, testing for high blood sugar may require an outside laboratory test. They may also recommend that you visit an endocrinologist or general practitioner.
Another way of diagnosing nerve damage is through physical examination. It can tell them about pinched nerves resulting from activity, inactivity, or posture. The test can also detect sciatica that causes chronic lower back pain.
A chiropractor needs ultrasound testing or X-ray to settle on a diagnosis and treatment plan.
Measuring the wellness of your nerves can include advanced scanning technology. The chiropractic scanning technologies are thermal scans and surface electromyograms. Thermal scans use infrared heat sensors to detect the disturbance of nerve function. The surface electromyogram senses nerve disturbance by tracking the muscles' electrical signals.
Both scanning technologies help the chiropractor identify zones of nerve interference. Removing this interference enables your nervous system to function efficiently. The result of a properly functioning nervous system is optimal health and wellness. Any follow-up scans help in monitoring your progress during treatment.
Without proper treatment, nerve damage can result in dire complications. Treating nerve damage varies depending on the chiropractor and the diagnosis. Treatment of sciatica requires adjustment and manipulation of the spine. Chiropractic treatments aim for a holistic goal. They go further than a physical fine-tuning session.
For more information on diagnosing nerve damage, call Wallace Family Chiropractic at (256) 748-0251 to reach our office in Albertville, Alabama.