Radicular pain, or radiating pain, is caused by interference or pinching of the spinal nerves. This results in pain, tingling, or numbness in parts of your body far from the actual source of the problem. It's a common problem that we see in our Santa Clara, CA chiropractic office, especially in people who have been in a car crash.
If your spine is injured, there are a number of things that can affect the nerves:
- Injured ligaments and muscles can cause inflammation of the nerve root, which can disrupt the function of the nerve.
- If a spinal disk is damaged, it can cause the disk to bulge or herniate, pinching the nerve. Lumbar disc herniation is a common cause of sciatica resulting in tingling or numbness in the low-back and legs.
- And if the spinal joints begin to calcify, it can cause spinal stenosis, or a narrowing of the canal that the spinal nerves pass through.
The key to treating radicular pain is to pinpoint the actual source of the problem causing the impingement and then work to relieve the pressure on the nerve. Dr. Teri Tran is trained to work with these types of injuries and we have great success helping our patients recover normal function.
If you've been injured in a crash and you live in Santa Clara, CA, Dr. Teri Tran might be able to help you. Call our office today at (408) 297-2225 to see how we can help.