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Pinched Nerves – Causes, Symptoms & Treatment | The Chiropractic Doctors

If you have a pinched nerve, you may be in extreme pain, unable to find relief or a comfortable position. Pain medication may help temporarily, only for the pain to return in full force just a few hours later. In some cases, the medication may no longer be working at all. Pinched nerves, also referred to as compressed nerves, are very common and can cause debilitating pain and discomfort, making it difficult to sleep through the night, focus at work, or carry out the most basic tasks. Fortunately, if you’re suffering from a pinched nerve, an experienced licensed chiropractor at the Chiropractic Doctors can help.

Problems Cause By Pinched Nerves

The nerves send signals throughout the body. As commands leave the brain, traveling down the spinal cord, they follow the nerve pathways until they find the correct destination. Next, sensory commands move through the spinal cord, until they reach the brain, where these commands are processed. When there is pressure on the nerves, communication is disrupted, making it difficult for the nerve to function properly

Some of the most common symptoms of nerve compression include:

  • Severe pain
  • Burning pain
  • Muscle weakness
  • Shock-like sensations
  • Stabbing pain
  • Muscle spasms
  • Needles sensations
  • Feeling of tingling or numbness
  • Feeling that certain areas of the body have fallen asleep

Causes of Nerve Compression

A nerve may become compressed by the surrounding tissue. In certain cases, bone and cartilage, along with swollen tissue, impacts the nerve itself.

Below, you’ll find find some of the most common reasons for nerve compression:

  • Sports activities
  • Auto accidents
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Overuse injuries
  • Pregnancy
  • Stress due to poor work ergonomics
  • Onset of rheumatoid arthritis
  • Obesity

If you’re experiencing pain and discomfort due to a compressed nerve, you must schedule an appointment with a chiropractor at The Chiropractic Doctors, as soon as possible.

How the Chiropractic Doctors Can Help

Spinal nerve compression is often caused by spinal misalignment issues. At The Chiropractic Doctors, we can use spinal adjustments to free the trapped nerve. While it’s possible that surgery can be an effective way to treat nerve compression, you’ll face a high risk of complications and side effects. Because of this, taking a holistic, natural approach to pinched nerve treatment is a safer, gentler option.

Treatment for Nerve Compression

A pinched nerve can cause tingling, numbness, or burning or shooting pain that is very debilitating. Fortunately, chiropractic treatment has been proven effective in addressing pinched nerves, without the use of harmful pain medication or invasive surgeries.

Adjustments for nerve compression will address the root cause of the pinched nerve.
Your chiropractor can diagnose the issue by conducting a thorough physical assessment and go over your medical history, symptoms, and pain level. Once they understand which areas are affected, they can create a personalized treatment plan. By identifying the root cause of the pinched nerve, they can recommend treatments that will provide long-term relief.

Some of the many ways our chiropractors can help include:

  • Spinal adjustments
  • Exercises that will strengthen and stretch the area surrounding the nerve, reducing pressure
  • Massage techniques
  • If you’re currently in physical therapy, your chiropractor can also work with your physical therapist, to create a treatment plan that will complement both therapies.

How to Prevent Pinched Nerves

At The Chiropractic Doctors, we will discuss ways you can prevent pinched nerves in the future, and what lifestyle changes you can make that will improve your health and wellness.

Some ways you can prevent nerve compression include:

  • An inactive position for long periods of time can increase your risk of nerve compression. Stand up, stretch, and move around at least once an hour.
  • For repetitive tasks, take a break every 30 minutes
  • To reduce your risk of carpal tunnel syndrome, practice proper posture and wrist placement
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Maintain a good posture

Unfortunately, not all cases of nerve compression can be prevented. However, you can reduce your risk of avoiding a pinched nerve by following the methods mentioned above.

Contact The Chiropractic Doctors Today to Begin

Chiropractic treatment is a natural, healthy, and conservative approach to nerve compression treatment. With chiropractic care, you will not be prescribed harmful medication or put through unnecessary surgeries. Through gentle spinal adjustments, chiropractic care promotes healing, allowing the body to do its job. At The Chiropractic Doctors, we provide gentle, effective, and safe chiropractic care that can provide relief as you recover from a pinched nerve. You don’t have to live in pain. To schedule an appointment, contact The Chiropractic Doctors today at 616-378-8715 or book an appointment online.

 

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This article was reviewed and approved by Dr. Matthew Phinney.


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