Pinched nerves occur when pressure is applied to the nerve by the surrounding tissues. This causes the nerves to function improperly, which results in numbness, tingling, and pain.
A pinched nerve can occur in many different places in your body. Carpal tunnel syndrome and sciatica are examples of pinched nerves in different locations- the wrist and the spine, respectively.
The severity of a pinched nerve can vary widely. Some people are able to recover in just a few days, while other people may deal with the pain caused by a pinched nerve for years. Likewise, the pain it causes can range from mild discomfort to severe pain.
The Cause of Pinched Nerves
A pinched nerve is the result of pressure (compression) on a nerve. This pressure can be caused by repetitive motions (as is frequently the case with carpal tunnel syndrome) or from holding your body still for a long period of time.
The most vulnerable areas of the body for pinched nerves are areas without a lot of soft tissue for protection. The nerve gets caught between tendons, ligaments or bones and inflammation or pain results.
The Symptoms of Pinched Nerves
While pain is frequently the only symptom, pinched nerves can also result in:
- A “pins and needles” sensation
- Numbness and tingling in a localized area
These symptoms are frequently intensified if you try to move the affected area.
How to Get Some Relief
The length of time it takes for symptoms to go away varies from person to person. Treatment varies as well, according to the cause and intensity of pain, but can include a combination of the following:
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to reduce the swelling
- Steroid injections to reduce swelling
- Pain medications to alleviate pain
- Physical therapy to make muscles stronger and more flexible
- Splints to immobilize the affected area
- Chiropractic care to alleviate pain and increase flexibility
How Chiropractic Treatment can Help
Traditional medical care only treats the affected area, while chiropractic care takes a more holistic approach to your pain. This is especially helpful with pinched nerves, as the pain you feel may be caused by an injury in a different part of the body entirely. Furthermore, chiropractic care seeks to address the issues which led to the pinched nerve developing in the first place so that you’re able to avoid reinjures.
Your chiropractor can reduce the constriction of your nerve and help relax the muscles in the area that are causing pain by performing a few simple adjustments. Many patients find that they’re able to begin feeling immediate relief, but additional adjustments will likely be required to completely correct the misalignment.
If you’re coping with a pinched nerve, contact your chiropractic team today for quick and safe pain relief that’s effective and easy on your spine.
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