Suffering from a pinched nerve may result in mild-to-severe pain in the affected area. This condition occurs when too much pressure in placed on one or more nerves running through the body, and as a result the nerve becomes blocked off. Things like bones, joints, muscles and cartilage pushing up against a nerve can all contribute to this condition. If you believe you are experiencing a pinched nerve, keep reading to learn how the services of a professional chiropractor can offer treatment.
Pinched nerves typically occur from the bottom of the neck down to the lower back, as this is where most of the nerve endings are located. However, it’s important to note that pinched nerves may occur in the arms, legs and other areas of the body. Some of the most common symptoms of this condition include tingling, pain, swelling, weakness and a general sense of discomfort. If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, have your chiropractor perform a physical examination of the affected area.
The exact cause of a pinched nerve varies from person to person. Some people develop them from sleeping in unusual positions. By forcing your weight on a certain nerve while you sleep, you could inadvertently develop a pinched nerve. This is an all-too-common problem reported by patients of all ages. Another cause of pinched nerves is from sitting down in the same spot for long periods of time. If you work at a computer or desk job for 8 or more hours a day, you must get into the habit of standing up and stretching on occasion; otherwise, you run the risk of developing a pinched nerve.
The good news is that there are effective treatment options available for a pinched nerve. Once you’ve had the condition professionally diagnosed, you should then with your doctor or chiropractor about the different treatment options available. Surgery should only be used as a last resort due to the increased risk of damaging the nerve. Depending on your specific condition, your practitioner may recommend a chiropractic alignment and/or adjustment to help decompress the nerve. Going back to what causes a pinched nerve, if you are able to remove pressure from it, the nerve should return to its normal state.
A chiropractor can perform alignments and adjustments right in their own office. Before they begin, they’ll discuss your pinched nerve to identify exactly where they problem is located. Using this information, the chiropractor will then work to find out what’s causing pressure on the nerve by feeling around your body. Having a chiropractor treat a pinched nerve is arguably the easiest and most effective way to combat the problem.
In addition to the services offered by a professional chiropractor, you may also want to take a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) medicine to help reduce the swelling. By reducing internal swelling in your body, you should naturally relieve some of the pressure placed on the nerves. Of course, you’ll want to discuss this with your practitioner before starting a NSAID regime.