Having to deal with the pain and inconvenience of a pinched nerve can be a major hassle. Not only is the pain sometimes quite intense but a pinched nerve can lead to a significant restriction of your range of motion. So, not only are you in dire pain but you’re virtually unable to move without making that pain even worse.
Needless to say, no one wants to live with a pinched nerve. Chiropractic can help. In fact, easing the pain of pinched nerves and eliminating the root cause of the condition is one of the many specialty areas of chiropractic medicine. It’s important to know that a nerve can become “pinched” or compressed in the back or in any joint in the entire body. Most people have heard of cases where someone has a herniated, or bulging, disc in the back and ends up in a doctor’s office with severe pain from a pinched nerve.
Here’s a quick look at the causes, warning signs, treatments and other information about pinched nerves.
What is the Main Cause of Pinched Nerves?
In the human body, the nervous system is one of the more delicate networks. All the nerves originate, so to speak, in the brain. From there, they run through the spinal cord and into the various extremities, like the arms and legs. Anywhere along that “route” where a nerve is compressed or impinged upon, there can be severe pain. The big question is: in what way does an otherwise healthy nerve become entangled in such a way that it ends up in a compressed state?
In truth, there are many possible causes of a pinched nerve. In some cases, people who perform lots of repetitive motions end up with pinched nerves. One of the better-known causes is a bulging disc in the back, also called a herniated disc. Injury is another cause. When you consider that virtually any joint in the body can have a pinched nerve, it’s easy to see that all sorts of things can be at play to bring about this painful condition.
Here are just a few of the possible causes of a pinched nerve:
- A herniated disc in your back
- Repetitive motion
What Symptoms You Should Look For
When checking yourself for symptoms of a pinched nerve, remember that people often experience the most pain just before and during their nightly sleep. Overall, here are some of the most common symptoms to be on the lookout for:
- Weak sensation or total numbness in the region of the body that is related to the pinched nerve
- A so-called “needles and pins” type of tingling, officially known as parethesia
- Pain that seems to radiate away from the pinched nerve
- A burning variety of pain that can also be like a very bad ache or sharp pain
- Significant weakness in the muscles around the area of the pinched nerve
- The constant sensation that one or more hands or feet have become numb or “gone to sleep”
Are There Any Effective Treatments or Preventive Measures?
The goal of chiropractic treatment is the elimination of the causes of pain and restoring the patient to complete health. A typical chiropractic form of treatment is a spinal adjustment, but there are dozens of other things we can do to help you get relief from serious conditions like pinched nerves.
Not only can we prescribe things like stretching and exercise, we also show you how to assist the body’s natural healing process with cold/heat therapy and postural adjustment. We also teach patients how to incorporate smart exercise and flexibility routines into their daily lives. Not only is it important to avoid repetitive motion but it’s also essential to maintain a reasonable, healthful body weight.
Because chiropractic treatment looks at the whole person, there is an emphasis on treating the cause of any problem as well as helping the patient understand how to prevent a recurrence of the same ailment in the future. We want everyone to know how to help their bodies heal, how to maintain optimal health and how to avoid ill health in the first place.
What About Drugs for Pinched Nerve Pain?
Taking drugs or any kind of medication to relieve the pain from a pinched nerve is not a good idea. At best, pain-killing drugs will only bring temporary relief. At worst, drug treatment can lead to addiction to the pain-killing agent in the medicine. Then you have two problems instead of one!. Why should you avoid drugs as a treatment for a pinched nerve? There are many reasons, some of which are:
- Drugs only mask the pain
- You could become addicted to the medication
- Pharmaceutical medication cannot remedy the core problem: a pinched nerve or nerves
- Many drugs cause serious and uncomfortable side effects
- The money spent on drugs is essentially wasted
What You Should Do If You Suffer
There is no reason to undergo surgery for a pinched nerve. Nor should you have to take pain medication. Those are both dead-end, impractical solutions. The answer is chiropractic care. Not only can a chiropractor employ natural, healthful solutions for nerve problem, you’ll be in the hands of a trained professional.
No drugs or surgery will be involved in your chiropractic treatment plan. Instead, you’ll undergo a series of adjustments that are gentle and conservative in nature. The idea is to let your body heal itself by making sure the spine is properly aligned and the nerves are not impinged.
So, if you have any of the symptoms listed above and believe that you might be suffering from a pinched nerve, call our clinic as soon as possible and let our doctors find the cause of your pain. Only then will you be able to begin the journey to total health.