What is a Pinched Nerve?
Sometimes, you can get an unexplainable sense of pain in your neck or back. Chances are it could be a pinched nerve. A pinched nerve occurs when the tissue surrounding a nerve is causing too much pressure or compression. This could be due to any of these four tissue factors: bones, cartilage, tendons, or muscles.
A pinched nerve can occur in various places, but they are most common in the spinal column (neck and back). You can even get a pinched nerve in your wrist.
The severity of pain or the tingling sensation varies for each case, and the longevity can be long-lasting or temporary. If severe pain continues or becomes chronic pain, it is important to seek out a doctor.
Pinched Nerve Causes:
In direct terms, the root cause of a pinched nerve is when tissue applies too much pressure to your nerve. However, there are certain conditions that can cause nerve compression. These conditions include:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Herniated Discs
- Repetitive motion
- Certain hobbies or sports
Pinched Nerve Symptoms:
Symptoms for a pinched nerve may include:
- Sharp, aching, or burning pain, including neck pain or back pain
- Tingling or pins and needles sensation (paresthesia)
- Muscle weakness or numbness in affected area
Pinched Nerve Diagnosis & Treatment:
To find the cause of a pinched nerve, your doctor should administer an X-Ray, CT scan, or MRI. Once a doctor has found the cause, a treatment plan will be administered.
In some cases, rest is all you need to heal. Other times, the pinched nerve needs effective treatment. If stretching and over-the-counter medications are not effective, there are other nerve treatment options to help with your pinched nerve pain. Treatment options can include physical therapy or exercise, massage therapy for tight muscles, icing, and finally, chiropractic treatment. Chiropractic care can remove the pressure from the affected nerve, helping with inflammation, muscle spasms, and pain relief.
At Total Body Chiropractic, our chiropractic clinic takes your nerve pain seriously. Our impressive team uses chiropractic adjustment and spinal adjustment to get you feeling as good as new. Contact our chiropractors today to make an appointment.