A pinched nerve can be one of the most painful symptoms a human being could ever endure. It normally occurs when too much pressure is applied to a nerve by surrounding tissues — such as bones, cartilage, muscles or tendons. Disruption of nerve function has many symptoms including numbness, tingling, burning, shooting pain, and weakness. Pinched nerves are a very common occurrence but are definitely not normal. Often, poor posture is the culprit, due to a poor night’s sleep, long durations of sitting, such as driving or at a computer, or lifting heavy objects, such as weights or children, or even reaching above the head can be the cause of a pinched or compressed nerve. People tend to wait until the pain diminishes, but damage remains while precipitating reoccurrence of pain until proper care is given. Chiropractic care can help reduce the symptoms by finding the cause of the problem. Most often x-rays are needed to pinpoint where the pinched nerve is as to insure proper treatment to the area in need.