Caring for a Pinched Nerve

A pinched nerve is a subluxation of the spine that can lead to pressure and pain in the nerves. It’s one of the most common causes of neck and back pain, and one of the major reasons people begin to visit regularly with their chiropractic team.

If you’re suffering from a pinched nerve then you know that it’s one of the most painful conditions a person can deal with. It’s a major cause of missed work and can lead to a decline in the quality of personal relationships with our friends, family and coworkers.

Unfortunately, pinched nerves are very common occurrences. They typically happen when too much pressure is placed on a nerve by the surrounding bones, muscles, tendons and cartilage. This leads to a disruption in nerve function and a feeling of shooting pain, weakness, numbness, burning and tingling. While pinched nerves can happen in a variety of ways, some of the most common are:

  • Poor posture
  • Long periods of sitting
  • Sedentary lifestyles
  • Lifting heavy items
  • Poor sleep

Traditional medical care tends to focus on pain management for the symptoms associated with pinched nerves. Chiropractic care believes that medications only cover up the pain and ignore the underlying problem, which can lead to long term troubles.

The Chiropractic Way

Your chiropractic team believes that pinched nerves should be treated in as conservative of a manner as possible. That means that drugs and surgery should be last resort options, instead of the first line of treatment. Chiropractic care does not cover up the symptoms associated with pinched nerves. Instead, a doctor of chiropractic uses his or her hands to help guide the spine and joints back into their original shape.

In addition to chiropractic adjustments, your chiropractor can help you learn how to avoid pinched nerves in the future. Proper posture, work ergonomics and exercise tips are just a few of the things that your chiropractic team can advise you on.

Pinched nerves aren’t something that a person should become accustomed to. Pain isn’t something that a human being should be expected to just accept. If you’re suffering from a pinched nerve, contact your chiropractic team today. They’ll be able to lead you down the path to good health by fixing the underlying problem instead of masking its symptoms.


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