What Is a Pinched Nerve?
A painful and uncomfortable condition, a pinched nerve occurs when the tissue, muscles, or bones near the nerve put unusual extra pressure on it. This pressure leads to pain, tingling, and numbness around the nerve. A pinched nerve can cause carpal tunnel syndrome and sciatica, making work and other activities difficult and painful. There are several activities and issues that can lead to a pinched nerve, including:
- Overuse from exercise
- Poor posture at work or school
- Athletic overuse or injury
- Prolonged sitting or standing
- Excessive yardwork
- Automobile accidents and injuries
- Children jumping on your back
- Strain from moving heavy objects
You may never know what led to your pinched nerve, but you know it hurts. Here are some potential solutions.
What to Do If You Have a Pinched Nerve?
Pinched nerves are often painful and frustrating, lingering for quite some time in many cases. If you suspect your pain, tingling, numbness, and discomfort is due to a pinched nerve, there are several steps you can take to help:
- Visit Your Doctor: It is always a good idea to get a professional diagnosis when it comes to the onset of pain and discomfort. Some pinched nerve situations may require treatment and care beyond what you can do at home.
- Rest: You will only exasperate the issue by attempting to "power through" the pain and problems. If you are suffering from sciatica and other pinched nerve-related conditions, there is no substitute for rest.
- Pain Relievers: You can try pain relievers per your doctor's advice; however, these will not correct the condition, only providing temporary relief for inflammation.
- Ice and Elevation: Hold an icepack to the center of the pain for 10-15 minutes to reduce inflammation. Additionally, sit with your hips and knees at a 90-degree angle for a period of time each day.
- Stretch: Your doctor or chiropractor can help you develop a list of gentle stretches to help relieve some of the pressure on the nerve.
- Adjust Your Work Area: Your posture at work may lead to the development of the pinched nerve. If you are often sitting at your desk and staring at a computer screen, consider utilizing a standing desk, and making sure you have a comfortable chair that facilitates proper posture when you are sitting.
These steps can help you experience relief; however, you may not eliminate the issue until you correct the source of the pressure on the nerve. That is where chiropractic care can significantly improve your recovery.
How Chiropractic Care Can Help
Chiropractic care seeks to eliminate the ultimate cause of the pinched nerve. Chiropractors are skilled and adept at locating subluxations or misalignments of the vertebrae and correct them through adjustments. Whereas over-the-counter drugs can only mitigate the pain, your chiropractor can help correct it at the source. Combined with stretch, icing, and other home remedies, you can experience relief from your pain and get back to doing what you love.
If you suspect you have a pinched nerve or experiencing pain in general, contact Beth EL Wellness and Chiropractic in Elkin. At Beth EL, we want to make sure you are living your healthiest and best life. We will help determine the source of your pain and discomfort, work to correct it, and help you establish a routine to prevent its return.