Nerve pain or a pinched nerve can be a very painful and even debilitating condition. Nerve pain can feel mild like a tingling numb sensation but also be very painful and severe.
So, what exactly is a pinched nerve? And, can a chiropractor help ease the pain from a pinched nerve?
A nerve can be “pinched” in many areas of the body. Most commonly pinched nerves happen in the spine. However, pinched nerves can also happen peripherally in the chest, arms, legs, hands and feet.
Usually, pinched nerves in the spine are compressed by a bulging or herniated disc. Arthritis is also a main contributor to pinched nerves in the spine. Tight muscles and ligaments can pinch nerves in the arms and legs.
Ask a Chiropractor: How Do I Know I Have A Pinched Nerve?
- There is pain that radiates: Most of the time a pinched nerve will cause radiating pain or pain that travels downwards.
- There is tingling or numbness: When nerves are compressed they typically cause a tingling or numb sensation.
- There is a burning sensation: Pinched inflamed nerves often times feel like a burning sensation.
- There is loss of muscle strength in the arms, legs, feet or hands: Nerves provide strength to the muscle in the body and when pinched can result in loss of strength.
How Does Chiropractic Help Pinched Nerves?
Our Chiropractors In Raleigh treat pinched nerves through a variety of treatments. Some common treatments offered at Carolina ChiroCare and Rehab for pinched nerves in Raleigh include:
– Spinal adjustments: Aligning the vertebra in the spine can help increase the space around where the nerves may be being compressed or pinched in the spine. This may be from a disc, arthritis or ligaments that are pressing on the nerves.
– Spinal decompression therapy: This therapy uses a special computerized machine to decompress the vertebrae and discs in the spine to relieve compression of the spinal nerves.
– Exercises and stretching: It is important to take an active role in your treatments if you are suffering from a pinched nerve. Our clinic will instruct you on proper exercises and stretches to complete in our office and at home in between treatments to help you get results faster and longer lasting. Even when the pain from a pinched nerve has subsided it is very important to continue home exercises s that the pain does not return.
– Physiotherapies: We utilize physical therapies like electrical muscle stimulation, manual massage, traction therapy and ultrasound therapy to help relieve the pain from a pinched nerve.
– Diagnostic studies:Our clinic provides digital x-ray analysis on site. This can help to determine which are of the spine the nerves may be affected. Sometimes conditions require more advanced imaging like an MRI and this can be ordered in our clinic.
– Referrals fo nerve studies or injections: When conservative treatments fail our clinic may refer you for nerve studies, a consultation for injections, or surgery. Nerves that are compressed for extended amounts of time can lead to weakened muscles or in extreme cases permanent loss of strength and sensation.
Can a chirpractor help reduce pain from pinched nerves? Yes!
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Dr. Jeffrey Gerdes, D.C. “Your Raleigh Chiropractor”