Pinched nerve is somewhat of an all encompassing phrase that refers to everything from subluxations to carpal tunnel syndrome. Much of the time, pinched nerve actually refers to irritated for enflamed nerves that are not in their proper position and therefore not moving properly.
When the nerve is actually pinched, in cases such as in carpal tunnel syndrome or sciatica, the pain is caused by compressed nerves. The conditions are called ‘tunnel syndromes’ and can be helped with chiropractic care as well as exercises and stretches.
Trigger points, which are tight knots of muscle, often cause a pinching or burning pain. These are usually the result of overworked or injured muscles. They can be helped with chiropractic care, stretching, and through deep tissue massage.
Long term compression of a nerve can result in permanent damage. It is important that any form of pain be properly diagnosed as soon as possible.