What is a pinched nerve?
Pinched nerves are no laughing matter. They have the ability to turn into something bigger if left untreated and have the potential of decreasing your overall quality of life in both the short and long term. If you are searching online for pinched nerves, you are most likely in a great deal of discomfort and experiencing some type of consistent pain.
According to the mayo clinics website, “A pinched nerve occurs when too much pressure (compression) is applied to a nerve by surrounding tissues”
This pressure can be from cartilage, bones, or muscles that have shifted and is usually due to a subluxation. The causes of pinched nerves can be wide and varied. They can come from exercise, a sudden violent type of movement (such as from falling or whiplash), or even from everyday bad posture!
“We work with our patients to treat the root cause and allow the body to begin healing itself. “
Symptoms of pinched nerves.
The symptoms of a pinched nerve also vary in both scope and intensity. The popular medical site WebMD lists the following symptoms as common symptoms of pinched nerves:
- Pain in the area of compression, such as the neck or low back
- Radiating pain, such as sciatica or radicular pain
- Numbness or tingling
- “Pins and needles” or a burning sensation
- Weakness, especially with certain activities
- Sometimes symptoms worsen when you try certain movements, such as turning your head or straining your neck.
Treatment for pinched nerves
From our experience with treating pinched nerves, we know they don’t go away on their own. Patients sometimes live with the pain until it gets bad enough that they seek medical help. Usually the medical community will suggest treatments that mask the symptoms, but don’t really help fix the problem.
CNN.com notes the following as treatments:
- Physical Therapy
- Medications (Analgesics, Corticosteroid injections)
Our Patients and pinched nerves.
Here at Smoot Family Chiropractic, most patients that come our way with pinched nerves come as to us as ‘a last resort’. They are usually tired of taking drugs for the pain or want an alternative to surgery. Sometimes they have been told that they just need to learn to live with it. Some have used massage or acupuncture and find that these treatments help but are temporary.
We work with our patients to treat the root cause and allow the body to begin healing itself. Interestingly enough, our existing patients don’t really develop pinched nerves despite leading active lives. We bet this is because their routine adjustments prevent subluxations from turning into pinched nerves. We are able to correct problems before they escalate into something painful.
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See your Chiropractor
Bottom line, if you think you have pinched nerves or have questions about them, we suggest that you see a chiropractor. If you don’t have one, then please feel free to contact us through our online form or in the comments below and we can try to answer your questions. Better yet, schedule an appointment with us if you live in the Salinas Valley and we’ll take care of you like family.