Pinched spinal nerves can develop suddenly or gradually. Sudden compression usually occurs in the setting of an acute joint problem called a “herniated disc”. More gradual compression usually occurs over time due to bony changes that develop with the aging process and development of bony overgrowth and bone spurs.

The pinching of spinal nerves from a sudden (or acute), soft disc herniation can often be treated through visiting your chiropractor in addition to avoidance of activities that cause pain, appropriate physical therapy, oral medications, and frequently x-ray guided (also known as fluoroscopically guided).