Many people have experienced or will experience nerve irritation that is commonly called a pinched nerve at some point in their lives. It’s a very common physical experience that may be influenced by age, activity level (repetitive, forceful, heavy… ), or lifestyle. In fact, every year, an average of 85 out of 100,000 adults in the United States are affected by pinched nerves.
A pinched nerve, also known as a compressed nerve, occurs when the nerve is being pressed and irritated by such as bones, tendons, discs or ligaments. Various sensations including numbness, tingling, muscle weakness, or pain can come from a pinched nerve, and they are often a challenge to live with. While pinched nerves can occur throughout the body, the most common areas where pinched nerves appear include the lower back/sciatica, neck, elbows, wrists, back, and shoulders.
Depending on the location of the pinched nerve, signs and symptoms will show up differently. Knowing these differences will help you better understand what you are experiencing in your body, and if pursuing treatment is necessary.
The Neck & Shoulders
If you have a pinched nerve in your neck or shoulder areas, you’ll often experience pain and/or numbness that snakes down the arms. Additional sensations can include weakness or decreased motor function, and tingling in the hands and arms.
Pinched nerves in the elbow or wrist are usually caused by existing carpal tunnel syndrome or tennis elbow conditions. Symptoms experienced could include numbness, pricking-like sensations, or weakness anywhere in the arm.
Pinched nerves in the back are often caused by herniated or bulging discs, or any injury associated with the vertebral column. Symptoms experienced could include radiating pain, specifically sciatic or radicular pain.
If you think that you may be experiencing a pinched nerve, there are several different at-home remedies that can aid in treatment. These include:
- Extra Sleep and Rest
- Ergonomic Workstation
- Pain Medication (NSAIDs)
- Gentle Stretching or Yoga
- Ice and Heat Therapy
Can Chiropractic Care Help?
Chiropractic care is known and proven to help relieve many different physical ailments, including pinched nerves. The effectiveness of chiropractic care comes from the fact that it addresses the root cause of the injury – not just the symptoms – and actively works toward fixing the problem through adjustments, spinal manipulation, and specific exercises. When your body is brought into proper alignment, it takes the pressure off the nerve, relieving the pain and discomfort while also facilitating healing.
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