Pinched Nerve Pain
What Is It and How I Can Fix It? A lot of times, you may describe your pain as a pinched nerve because it feels like it’s pinched. However, it is more than likely you moved the wrong way or picked up something heavy causing that nerve or joint to be strained or irritated resulting in pain. A pinched nerve can be a severe condition as it may result in paralysis if not treated properly.
This is where the nerves in the body are stretched, compressed, or constricted for a prolonged period of time. As a result, this can lead to a number of symptoms including a numbing sensation, weakness, and or burning sensation.
Other common symptoms may include:
- Feeling of hand or foot “falling asleep”
- Burning or hot/cold sensation
- Radiating sharp pain
- Painful muscle spasms
What Can I Do To Treat a Pinched Nerve?
If you hurt yourself picking something up or turned the wrong way, then most likely you’ve strained your muscle, ligament, or nerve. The best thing you can do at home is ice the injured area and rest. Don’t do anything strenuous and allow it a day to heal. Usually, that does the trick. If you feel a little better and feel less pain, then that means you’re on the right track. Continue to ice and rest and avoid injuring that area anymore. Pain should be reduced significantly in the next 3-5 days.
If you DON’T know what you did to cause the pain and “just woke up with it” then we have to figure out why and how the nerve is being pinched. As we mentioned above, it can be a muscle, ligament, disc, or joint causing it. There are certain orthopedic and neurological tests we do to pinpoint the problem. Most of the time we find that it’s related to soft tissue, either an inflamed muscle or adhesions. We always recommend icing the pain area and resting first and seeing if the pain reduces. Again, if it does reduce your pain, then you’re on the right track. If it doesn’t, then you’ll probably want to seek professional help.
How Does Chiropractic Help with Pinched Nerves
Chiropractic has been getting increasingly popular for treatments of neck pain, back pain, and pinched nerves. That is because our expertise in the human anatomy and how muscles, joints, and nerves interact to allow the body to move and function allows us to accurately diagnose your problem. When a patient shows symptoms of a pinched nerve, the chiropractor will assess using a variety of orthopedic testing, muscle testing, range of motion, and neurological testing to figure out what is causing the problem.
We may need to take x-rays as well to see if there are any degenerative disorders that may contribute to the pain. Once the root cause of the pinched nerve is determined, a treatment plan consisting of therapeutic stretching, massage therapy, electrical stimulation, and adjustments will be prescribed to help the body heal. The goal is to ease the pressure off the nerve and reduce inflammation. When this can be achieved, the patient will feel “back to normal”.
If you are suffering from a pinched nerve or have any further questions, please contact our chiropractic team at Meridian Integrative Wellness today to schedule a consultation.