How a Chiropractor Can Fix Pain from a Pinched Nerve
Have you been noticing muscle weakness in a certain area of your body? Does it feel like pins and needles are pricking your skin? Do you have numb hands and feet quite often? Or do you suffer from sharp burning pain in some part of your body that radiates to the surrounding area?
These are warning signals that your body is sending to warn you of a possible pinched nerve. A pinched or compressed nerve occurs when the nerve is entrapped along its pathway. Nerves may be pressed between ligaments, tendons, and/or bones. Abnormalities of your spine such as a fracture or displacement of the jelly-like disc that lies between the bones also lead to a pinched nerve.
Causes of Pinched Nerve
Does your hand or feet fall asleep when they are in the same position for a long time? Do you wake up with a painful arm or an aching neck? These are common signs of nerve compression due to increased pressure.
Inflammation of tendons or ligaments also compresses the nerves passing close to them causing pain in not only the affected area but also pain that radiates outward. Inflammation has many causes, and even your diet can lead to increased inflammation.
When the nerves are compressed for long periods, the protective coverings around the nerve are damaged. Fluid buildup may cause excess pressure on the nerve along with swelling and scarring. This hinders the normal function of the nerve.
Who is at Risk?
Every 85 out of 100,000 adults in the USA suffer from a pinched nerve. The incidence of the pinched nerve is more common among adults above 50 years of age. This is due to a number of health conditions associated with old age such as arthritis or inflamed joints and degenerative changes in the spine.
Older adults also tend to be less physically active and remain in a certain position for long. This puts pressure on the nerves and the weakness of the muscles supplied by that nerve.
How to Relieve Pain from a Pinched Nerve?
Stretching, yoga, frequent change of posture and adequate sleep help provide pain relief. Over-the-counter medications such as NSAIDs as well as cold packs and heating pads alleviate the pain. But do these remedies treat the underlying condition? Do these methods heal the nerve alongside providing pain relief? The answer is 'no'. Several treatment modalities are available to decompress the nerve and provide long-term pain relief.
Chiropractor for Pinched Nerve
The chiropractic adjustment is among the most effective ways to treat your pinched nerve. Dr. Leach will identify the affected nerve by looking at your signs and symptoms. He can then adjust the spine to realign the displaced disc of the spine.
Chiropractic adjustments take pressure off the nerve and alleviate the pain. Dr. Leach may also opt for a massage to relax the muscles and reduce inflammation. This provides pain relief caused by muscle spasms. These techniques used by the chiropractor for a pinched nerve reduce pain, muscle weakness, and tingling sensation and have minimum side effects compared to surgical correction of a pinched nerve.
Dr. William Leach at Discover Health & Wellness DTC will provide long-term pain relief and correct the underlying disorders by spinal adjustment and other techniques. Call us today to book your appointment.
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