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Nerves are like the wiring in your home or office. They carry messages from one place to another and when they get pinched, it can cause pain that may feel like a tingling sensation or pins and needles. Pinched nerves are often a result of an injury or accident, but they can also be caused by more long-term conditions like arthritis. If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms we will discuss in this article, it’s important to seek medical attention as soon as possible.
About 85 out of 100,000 adults in the United States experience pinched nerves. The condition is shared between the age of 25 to 45 in both women and men. It occurs due to too much pressure applied on nerves by surrounding tissues. Pinched nerves can occur in any part of the body where an injured nerve is located.
Most pinched nerves can disappear after four to six weeks, and the symptoms are manageable with home treatment. If the symptoms persist, it is advisable to seek professional guidance from a doctor.
This blog will discuss the pinched nerves, Causes, Symptoms, relief of a pinched nerve, and Pinched Nerves treatment with Chiropractic care.
A pinched nerve is a constricted nerve. The constriction occurs due to excessive pressure on a nerve root by surrounding tissues like muscles, bones, or cartilages. This pressure on the nerve causes pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness in different parts of the body where they occur.
Most pinched nerves develop in areas like the upper-middle back, neck (cervical radiculopathy), low back or elbow, hand, and wrist. A pinched nerve on the wrist is commonly known as carpal tunnel syndrome.
A pinched nerve occurs when pressure is exerted on a nerve. The pressure may originate from repetitive and strenuous movements or the body remaining in one position for prolonged times. It can also occur due to some conditions such as:
Pain in the area of compression is the most common symptom of a pinched nerve. It may be the only symptom you experience. Other symptoms of pinched nerves include:
In some cases, moving the parts can ease the symptoms, but specific movements can worsen the symptom. The symptoms may also get worse when one is sleeping.
The first line of treating pinched nerves is medical management which can be practiced as a home remedy. Some of these treatments include:
Applying ice and heat alternatively to the affected area helps to reduce any inflammation. The hot and cold combination may also help relieve pain since it increases blood circulation to the affected area.
You can do this by holding an ice pack on the affected area for at least 15 minutes, thrice a day, and apply heat pads for up to 1 hour.
During sleep, the body repairs, and so sleep is essential, relieving nerve pains and other symptoms. One should try to sleep in a position that reduces the pressure on the nerve. Resting is equally necessary to prevent overusing the nerve, which may worsen the symptoms.
Pinched nerves may be worsened by a poor sitting or standing posture. Prolonged sitting and standing are also dangerous, damaging the muscles and spine and leading to pinched nerves. Using neck rests, cushions or adjustable chairs may help heal the nerve in such cases.
Over-the-counter pain relievers may help with treating pinched nerves. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs( NSAIDs) can ease pain and reduce swelling in minor pinched nerves. Ibuprofen and naproxen are some of the NSAIDs available easily over the counter. However, it is essential to consult a medical doctor before using NSAIDs for any possible interactions and recommendations.
Doctors advise using a neck collar or soft hand splint to limit motion as the nerve heals. You can also sleep with the splint on to prevent irritations and discomfort. The splint also helps in relieving pressure from the nerve.
One may consult with a physical therapist for recommendations on the best exercise for the type of pinched nerve they are experiencing. Light exercise and stretches can work to ease pressure from the nerve and relieve pain.
When nonsurgical treatment has not helped relieve pressure from the nerves, surgery is the last option.
There are two surgical options to relieve the nerve pressure from your hand’s carpal tunnel. They include open and endoscopic surgery. Both are carried out to cut the ligament surrounding the carpal tunnel to reduce pressure from the median nerve.
With open surgery, the surgeon cuts 2-inch into the wrist and cuts the ligament directly. While in the endoscopic, the surgeon only makes one or two minor cuts, and the rest of the procedure is camera-guided.
The procedure is meant to help the ligament grow together with more space for nerve passage and reduce the symptoms. After the surgery, you are limited to some activities like driving for about 10-12 weeks until recovery.
At Family Chiropractic Care in Longview, WA, we have licensed chiropractors who can help treat your pinched nerves. We have over 34 years of experience relieving and removing patient’s pain using advanced techniques. Whether you need services related to nerve compression, nerve roots, bone spurs, muscle weakness, or any other nerve condition, visit us for various treatment options and medical advice.
You can find us at Address:1815 Hudson St Longview, WA 98632 or call Phone: to schedule an appointment to contact Family Chiropractic Care.