Pinched nerve question

I got from what the chiropractor suggested a pinched nerve in my neck and have very dull aches in my left trap,bicep and numbness in my thumb. Also weakness in my left arm and left pec slightly
Since 2 chiropractor visits its gotten a little better but should I continue this route or get physical therapy??
I'm a wrestler and worried this could be leading to something more severe.



  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 4,299
    Personally, for myself, I would not want to undergo chiropractic treatments with the possibility of spinal issues not yet diagnosed.

    I may be missing how long you have been dealing with your symptoms, but my primary doctor tried to work with my painful symptoms for two years before referring me to pain management/spine specialist.

    He did tests I was not even aware of at that time.
    Tests revealed areas of my spinal issues and PM doctor was able to develop treatment plan.
    Best thing I ever did!
  • maehaleymaehaley PennsylvaniaPosts: 254
    Having neck issues myself and reading the symptoms you describe I would definitely talk to your doctor about getting an MRI done or something. I didn't find out that I actually had herniated discs and some other issues until I had one done. I just assumed I had tension headaches for a few years until the symptoms got really bad. I should have pushed for an MRI years ago. That being said, there are different types of tests that can determine if it is nerve related. Once a doctor can determine if there is actually an issue they will usually then recommend physical therapy or other treatments....
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  • Hi,

    I haven't read the other replies, but I had 2 chiropractor sessions and stopped. I feared that it would lead to further complications.
    1. Dr
    2. MRI
    3. Suggested course of action...

    That's what I would do all over again, the bare minimum.
  • Big issue with chiropractors is there's a huge variance in their quality. You can go to one chiropractor and find he'll just throw you on a giant massage table for a few minutes, manipulate your back for a few more and then send you on your way. Then you can go to another, get xrays, a great deal of diagnostic and strength tests and then be given an in-depth analysis. Both facilities will say they're chiropractors, but the quality of the care you receive is drastically different.
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