Pinched or compressed nerves are remarkably common. If you live in or around Richmond Hill and you’re suffering from pain related to pinched nerves, contact Spinalcare Chiropractic Clinic for assistance.
Before we get into how chiropractic care can be used to treat your compressed nerve, let’s first take the time to learn more about the condition. As you’ll soon see, you may already be at risk for this condition without knowing it.
What Is a Pinched Nerve?
A nerve can become pinched or compressed when it receives too much pressure from surrounding tissues. The pressure being applied to the nerve could come from bones, muscles, or connective tissues.
Compressed nerves can emerge for a variety of reasons. If you lift weights at the gym, you can compress a nerve after attempting to lift or even just pull an object that’s too heavy. Sleeping on one of your arms for an extended period can also lead to this problem when you wake up.
Nothing out of the ordinary has to happen for you to experience pain related to a compressed nerve. The simple act of typing can cause this issue. Other repetitive tasks are potential causes as well. As you age, you also become more susceptible to compressed nerves due to the development of bone spurs.
How Can You Tell if You Have a Pinched Nerve?
Compressed nerves typically make their presence felt by causing numbness, pain, or tingling sensations. At first, those sensations may be isolated but they can move outward if the condition continues to deteriorate. The muscles surrounding the problem area may also start to weaken. Normally, the symptoms associated with this condition will go away after a few days. However, if the pain and discomfort persist, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor.
How Are Compressed Nerves Treated?
As noted previously, simply giving your injury a little time could lead to it getting better. Other forms of immediate treatment involve the application of hot and cold packs and the usage of some over-the-counter pain relievers. If those forms of treatment are not effective, your doctor may recommend the usage of corticosteroids. Your doctor may also recommend a chiropractor for additional treatment.
Chiropractors can position the body in specific ways to provide badly needed pain relief. Another bonus of working with a chiropractor is that we can help prevent compressed nerves in the future by properly manipulating your body.