Caring For a Pinched Nerve

Pinched nerves occur when a nerve is injured or compressed, leading to its inability to conduct a proper signal. Any nerve in the body can be pinched; one of the best known examples of which is the nerve pinch which leads to carpal tunnel syndrome, a condition that costs billions of dollars to the U.S. economy every year.

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Symptoms

The symptoms of a pinched nerve are fairly consistent, no matter where they occur in the body. Common signs of a pinched nerve include:

  • A “pins and needles” sensation
  • A feeling of burning
  • Pain that radiates from the original source
  • A feeling that the area has “fallen asleep”

Quick Facts

While pinched nerves can be excruciatingly painful, they’re highly treatable. Here are some facts about pinched nerves that are worth knowing:

  • Most people who suffer from pinched nerves typically recover after ice, rest or by performing exercises.
  • Your chiropractor can help relieve the pain by performing therapeutic adjustments to the site of the injury.
  • About 40 percent of the population can expect to experience a pinch in their sciatic nerve, called sciatica, in their lifetime.
  • Tennis elbow, the compression of the ulnar nerve at the elbow, is almost never caused by playing tennis.
  • Left untreated, pinched nerves can lead to a permanent nerve injury that may require surgery to correct.

Prevention

Try to stay within 10 pounds of your ideal weight. Obesity and frequent fluctuations in your body weight can lead to pinched nerves. You may be at risk of developing a pinched nerve if you are overweight, have poor posture or are employed at a job that requires repetitive movements for long periods of time. You can lower your risk of pinched nerves by applying the following tips:

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  • Maintain good posture. Practice proper posture both at home and at work. Your chiropractor can demonstrate how to pose your body properly for sitting, standing and sleeping.
  • If you have a job that requires repetitive movements, such as typing or working on an assembly line, take frequent stretch breaks throughout the day to relieve the pressure on your nerves.
  • Exercise regularly, and focus on both strengthening and flexibility exercises during your workouts for best results.

Your Chiropractor Can Help

Chiropractors are very familiar with the damage that pinched nerves can cause. Therefore, they’re a great resource for anyone at risk of developing this condition. Talk to your chiropractor about how you can reduce the risk of pinched nerves and other musculoskeletal injuries. Your chiropractic team can be a great resource in the both the prevention and treatment of many issues that aren’t necessarily related to your spine. Make an appointment or drop by your chiropractor’s office today for a quick lesson and a relaxing adjustment that will keep your body humming the way that it should.

 

Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.

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