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Pinched Nerves

What is pinched nerves?

A pinched nerve, also known as a compressed nerve or nerve entrapment, occurs when excessive pressure is applied to a nerve by surrounding tissues such as bones, muscles, tendons, or cartilage. This pressure disrupts the normal functioning of the nerve, leading to various symptoms.

What are the symptoms of pinched nerves?

The symptoms of a pinched nerve depend on the specific nerve affected and its location. Common signs and symptoms include:

  1. Pain: Sharp, shooting, or burning pain along the pathway of the affected nerve.

  2. Numbness or tingling: A “pins and needles” sensation or numbness in the area supplied by the nerve. This can present as reduced sensitivity to touch or temperature change.

  3. Weakness: Reduced strength, coordination, or a loss of mass for the muscles controlled by the affected nerve.

What are the complications from pinched nerves?

Complications from pinched nerves can vary depending on the severity and duration of the compression, as well as the specific nerve involved. Some potential complications that can arise from untreated or severely compressed nerves include:

  1. Chronic pain: Prolonged or untreated pinched nerves can result in ongoing, persistent pain.
  2. Muscle weakness and atrophy: Pinched nerves can cause muscle weakness and, in severe cases, muscle wasting.
  3. Nerve damage: Prolonged or severe compression can lead to nerve damage which can create lasting impairment in sensation or muscle function.
  4. Loss of function: If major nerves are damaged, they can result in a loss of function in the affected area.
  5. Reduced quality of life: Pinched nerves can significantly degrade daily activities, work, and overall well-being.

The common causes of pinched nerves:

Pinched nerves can have various causes, and some common factors include:

  1. Herniated discs: When the soft inner portion of a spinal disc protrudes through the tough outer layer, it can press against nearby nerves and cause compression.

  2. Spinal stenosis: This condition involves the narrowing of the spinal canal, which can put pressure on the spinal cord or nerves as they pass through the restricted space.

  3. Bone spurs: Overgrowth of bone can occur due to conditions like osteoarthritis, and these bony growths can encroach the nearby nerves.

  4. Poor posture: Maintaining improper posture for extended periods, such as slouching or sitting in a hunched position, can contribute to nerve compression.

  5. Repetitive motions: Engaging in repetitive activities or motions, such as typing or using tools, can cause inflammation or swelling around nerves, leading to compression.

  6. Trauma or injury: Accidents, falls, or sports injuries can result in nerve compression, especially if there are fractures, dislocations, or tissue damages involved.

  7. Obesity: Excess body weight can put increased pressure on nerves, particularly in weight-bearing areas such as the spine, hips, and knees.

  8. Pregnancy: The weight gain and postural changes during pregnancy can contribute to nerve compression, particularly in the wrists (causing carpal tunnel syndrome) or lower back.

  9. Rheumatoid arthritis: This chronic inflammatory condition can cause joint swelling and damage, potentially leading to nerve compression.

  10. Other medical conditions: Certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, thyroid disorders, tumors, and cysts, can contribute to nerve compression.

Do i need to see a doctor for pinched nerves? When should I see a doctor?

In general, it is advisable to see a healthcare professional, such as a doctor or chiropractor, if you suspect you have a pinched nerve. They can assess your condition, provide an accurate diagnosis, and recommend appropriate treatment options. Here are some situations where it is recommended to see a doctor if you suspect of pinched nerves:

  1. Severe pain: Seek medical attention if you experience intense or debilitating pain that does not improve with self-care measures or over-the-counter pain medications.
  2. Prolonged symptoms: If your symptoms persist for more than a few days or worsen over time, consult a healthcare professional.
  3. Progressive weakness or numbness: See a doctor promptly if you experience worsening of  weakness or numbness in your area of complaint.
  4. Bladder or bowel dysfunction: Immediate medical attention is necessary if you have changes in bladder or bowel functions.
  5. Trauma or injury: Seek medical evaluation if your pinched nerve is a result of a traumatic incident.
  6. Recurrent or chronic pinched nerves: Consult with a healthcare professional if you have a history of recurring or chronic pinched nerves.

What are the treatments for pinched nerves?

The treatment options for pinched nerves may vary depending on the severity, location, and underlying cause of the compression. Here are some common treatment options:

  1. Rest and activity modification: Taking a break and avoiding activities that worsen symptoms.

  2. Physical therapy: Exercises, stretches, and techniques to improve muscle and joint strength and flexibility.

  3. Pain medication: Over-the-counter or prescription drugs to reduce pain and inflammation.

  4. Steroid injections: Injections to decrease inflammation and alleviate pain.

  5. Chiropractic care: Spinal adjustments and therapies to realign the spine and reduce nerve compression.

  6. Acupuncture: Inserting needles into specific points to stimulate nerve function and relieve pain.

  7. Braces or splints: Wearing supportive devices to reduce pressure and improve the stability of the affected area.

  8. Surgery: Considered for severe cases when other treatments have failed, aiming to remove the source of compression.

Remember, the most appropriate treatment option depends on individual circumstances, and it is important to consult with a healthcare professional for a personalized treatment plan.

Is chiropractic treatment good for pinched nerves? Should i see a chiropractor?

Chiropractic care focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of musculoskeletal disorders, including conditions that may cause pinched nerves. Chiropractors primarily use manual adjustment techniques to relieve pain, restore proper alignment, and improve overall spinal function.

  1. Spinal adjustments: Chiropractors perform manual adjustments to improve spinal alignment and relieve pressure on affected nerves.

  2. Mobilization techniques: Gentle movements are used to enhance joint mobility and reduce nerve compression.

  3. Soft tissue therapy: Techniques like massage and myofascial release are implemented to relax muscles and decrease pressure on nerves.

  4. Posture and lifestyle advice: Recommendations are given to improve posture and make lifestyle changes that reduce spinal stress.

  5. Adjunctive therapies: Additional therapies such as electrical stimulation or hot/cold therapy may be used to alleviate pain and inflammation.

Chiropractic care offers a non-invasive and drug-free alternative for managing pinched nerves. This can be particularly appealing to individuals who prefer to avoid medications or invasive procedures.

Why Choose Us?

Healing Hands Chiropractic has been in the industry for 12 years and has a team of experienced chiropractors dedicated to helping patients with pain relief and management. We are experienced in pinched nerves issue and are able to help you to manage the pain using holistic and effective means. Healing Hands Chiropractic Singapore is one of the most reviewed and trustable chiropractic clinic. With over 1600+ five star reviews and real before vs after patients photos, you can entrust us with your health!

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What To Expect During Your 1st Visit

Identifying postural imbalances to detect any differences in weight between the right and the left sides of the body, alignment from our head all the way down
to our hips. 
Tyron thermographic spinal scan helps to measure the muscle temperature around the spine. It detects areas with the greater temperature where muscles are working harder due to poor posture.

1-on-1 consultation with our Chiropractors with a detailed review of your health history.

Our Chiropractor will investigate and educate you on the necessary steps forward in reaching your health goals.

Our Chiropractors will perform a series of range of motion tests to determine your current body condition and an adjustment will be administered if deemed 
clinically safe to do so.

Our Chiropractors will use their hands or a small instrument to apply a controlled  force to the spinal joints. “Crack” or “Pop” sound may occur as your spine gets manipulated. Do not be alarmed, as the adjustment releases trapped gasses from your joints.

X-Rays will be prescribed so that we can accurately diagnose your condition before prescribing a customized treatment program. It is also for your safety and for us to rule out any possible underlying conditions that cannot be treated by Chiropractic.

The review of your X-rays is complimentary at your following visit if you take up the X-rays with our preferred diagnostic partners.

Frequently Asked Questions

A chiropractor provides non-invasive treatments with the benefits of spinal adjustments and realigning the joints to improve the system and function throughout the body.

In general, chiropractors believe in the ability of the body to self-heal through Chiropractic adjustment with the help of modalities such as the Flexion distraction table, E-stim, Denneroll, and functional exercises. They also utilize various other treatment modalities such as ultrasound, bodywork, etc. to get patients back to health. 


We recommend seeing one if you are experiencing any discomfort, pains or aches in your muscles or joints. Check out the list of conditions we treat here.

Most importantly, do not wait until you are experiencing pain or worse, numbness to see a chiropractor. Often, pain is the last thing that shows up but the first to go away after chiropractic treatment.

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Chiropractic adjustment should not be painful. However, in some instances when the injury is either acute (happened recently) or sub-acute(on the road to recovery), the muscles and ligaments may prove to be guarded or sensitive to the touch, these are some exceptions.

A thorough examination of your complaints and conditions can alleviate any concerns that you may have.

It is a very safe & accurate thermographic scanner that scans the full spine or segmental parts of the spine in approximately 15 seconds. The Tytron detects areas of asymmetry as well as indicate areas with greater temperature due to acute soft tissue damage.

The Tytron scanner uses precision sensors, speciality lenses and a unique focusing system to give the chiropractor the most accurate and repeatable information available. You will be given a print out of your result on the first visit.

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X-rays are recommended if you want to take care of your condition holistically and to get to the root of the issues. It is also for the patients safety and for us to rule out any possible underlying conditions that cannot be treated by Chiropractic adjustment. Just like your regular health check up, X-rays serve to give you and the chiropractor an insight to your spinal health as our naked eyes can only tell a rough story.

Our Chiropractors will use their hands or a small instrument to apply a controlled force to the spinal joints.

A “Crack” or “Pop” sound may occur as your spine gets manipulated. Do not be alarmed, as the adjustment releases trapped gasses from your joints.

Yes, we have both Male and Female Chiropractors at Healing Hands Chiropractic Singapore.
Our Female Chiropractors are stationed at Healing Hands Ang Mo Kio.and Healing Hands Bedok

All our Chiropractors believe in personalised care supported by time-tested techniques enhanced with the most efficient time frame. All our Chiropractors embody our 3 core values; Care For Patient, Integrity and Attention to Detail.

Yes, neck adjustments are a very safe treatment when performed by chiropractors as they are trained in the correct techniques to manipulate the joints safely. Healing Hands chiropractors also ensure that it is clinically safe enough for the adjustment before they perform it. This is also one of the reason why X-rays are required before more customised treatment can be done to ensure that your body is able to receive it.

The benefits of getting chiropractic treatment helps with reducing pain and increase joint mobility. We’ve written an article all about it here

There also seems to be a lot of concern about the safety of getting adjusted by a chiropractor. However, when done by a professional chiropractor, spinal manipulation and Chiropractic care are generally considered safe, and effective treatments for acute pain.

Healing Hands Chiropractic Singapore has been treating thousands of patients since 2010 and many have benefited from it.

We hope to tell people more about chiropractic so that more can come to understand and appreciate how chiropractors can help with the various conditions for the people in Singapore.ut chiropractic so that people can understand and appreciate Chiropractic.

According to MOH, there are currently 150 chiropractors in Singapore. Choosing the most effective chiropractor for you may be challenging.

That is why we have written an article about 5 ways to find a good Chiropractor. In short,
1) Know your own health goals.
2) Integrity and confidence of the Chiropractor.
3) Word of mouth or reviews about the Chiropractor.
4) Clinical competency and experience of the Chiropractors.
5) The willingness of the Chiropractor to refer out.

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