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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.


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  • You should go to a PCP and see if you can get them to order an MRI. If you have a disc problem that's causing the nerve pain, the chiropractor won't be able to help you and might make it worse. 
    Signed,
    A Person Who Uselessly Saw a Chiropractor for Two Months Then Discovered She had a Herniated Disc 
  • Bruce EitmanBruce Eitman Akron, OH, USAPosts: 1,510

    We cannot diagnose, but I can tell you that the symptoms that you report are consistent with mine, which were from bulging discs in my neck.

    To get a diagnosis, and proper care, you need to see a doctor, and as VirginiaPlain says an MRI is a great tool in forming the diagnosis.  I would do this BEFORE doing any more wrestling.  Your doctor may also want you to have an EMG test, which tests nerves.

    Once you have a diagnosis, you can ask your doctor about Chiropractor vs PT vs other courses of action.

    Good luck, let us know what you do, and how it turns out.

    Bruce

    Read my story at Bruce - My Story
    ACDF C4-C5-C6-C7, and getting better every day
    It has been a process of healing, learning, exercising, and resting - and figuring out when to do which.

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