Pinched Nerve Treatment
With pinched nerve treatment from our chiropractor, we can help patients find relief and avoid surgery for this common and painful injury. While a pinched nerve may resolve on its own over time, professional medical treatment is crucial and beneficial for more serious cases. Our treatment can help prevent permanent damage and other health issues.
Gilbert Physical Medicine offers pinched nerve treatment in Gilbert, AZ, and the surrounding area. If you are having trouble with a pinched nerve, we can use non-invasive methods to help you find relief. To learn more about pinched nerve treatment, call 480-545-0000 for a consultation.
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What is a Pinched Nerve?
Pinched nerves are a common injury especially in those over 50. Pinched nerves affect about 85 out of every 100,000 adults in the United States annually. A pinched nerve occurs when too much pressure is put on the nerve by the surrounding tissue, compressing the nerve. This can result in tingling, numbness, and pain in different body areas.
Most pinched nerves occur in the neck and back. However, they can also occur in other areas, such as wrists, hands, and elbows. Symptoms of a pinched nerve include a sharp pain that radiates out, numbness in an extremity, muscle weakness, or a tingling feeling.
Causes and Risk Factors
A pinched or compressed nerve is one of the most common on the job injuries and often results from repetitive motions or holding one’s body in one position too long. Those who engage in hobbies or recreational activities that involve repetitive motion may also be more likely to get a pinched nerve. Other conditions and factors that make a person more likely to get a pinched nerve include:
Often, these conditions and factors cannot be helped. However, our team can help a patient determine their risk factors and help patients mitigate them.
Many times, rest and avoiding further stress on the affected area is enough to resolve a pinched nerve. Often the pain can be managed by over-the-counter pain relievers and other home remedies. However, if they do not resolve, sometimes surgery is the next step.
Here at Gilbert Physical Medicine, we offer alternatives to medication and surgery for pinched nerves. One approach is to use spinal manipulation to help realign the spine to relieve pressure on the compressed nerve. For those who would like a gentler approach, our practitioners can employ stretches and exercises to help relieve the pressure. The approach we use depends on a number of factors, including the location of the pinched nerve, the patient's current health situation, and preference of treatment.
Benefits of Treatment
If a pinched nerve does not resolve with rest and self-care, seeking treatment is crucial. While damage from pinched nerves is often minor, it can be permanent and severe in some cases. According to WebMD, long-lasting nerve compression can break down the nerve's protective barrier resulting in scarring. This scaring can interfere with the nerve's function.
Luckily, our practitioners may be able to help prevent permanent damage and relieve pain using non-surgical methods. Another benefit of our methods is the reduction of pain without the use of prescription pain medication. As much as possible, we attempt to tap into the body's natural healing potential to help patients relieve pain and regain full range of motion.
At Home Care and Prevention
In addition to helping patients avoid surgery and prescription painkillers in the treatment of a pinched nerve, our staff will educate patients on how to prevent these types of injuries in the future. Also, we will equip patients with exercises and stretches they can do to aid in injury healing and strengthening the body to make injury less likely. Here are a few recommendations patients can follow at home to help prevent a pinched nerve:
In addition to rest, there are a couple of home care measures that will help. An ice pack or hot back can be applied to the area to relieve pain or reduce swelling. Take over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to help with the symptoms.
Frequently Asked Questions
How is a pinched nerve diagnosed?
We diagnose a pinched nerve in a combination of ways. First, we discuss the symptoms in detail with the patient. Next, we will perform a physical exam. Finally, if a pinched nerve is suspected, we will have the patient undergo diagnostic tests such as a blood test, an ultrasound, or an X-ray.
When should I see a healthcare provider about a pinched nerve?
Much of the time, a pinched nerve will resolve with rest and home treatment. However, you should seek medical help if the pain is severe. If the pinched nerve keeps reoccurring or lasts for longer than a few days, see a healthcare professional.
How can a chiropractor help with a pinched nerve?
Chiropractic doctors like those at Gilbert Physical Medicine have helped many patients find relief from a pinched nerve. We employ both spinal manipulations and spinal mobilization techniques to help release a pinched nerve. In addition, our team will advise you on how to prevent pinched nerves in the future.
How can I lower my risk of getting a pinched nerve?
Regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, and general good health gives you the foundation you need to help lower your risk for most injuries. Keep your posture good, and avoid being in one position for too long. It is also important to avoid repetitive motions or take frequent breaks when engaging in these activities.
What are the most common symptoms of a pinched nerve?
In most cases, a pinched nerve causes a sharp and shooting pain in the affected area> however, they often cause a numbing or "pins and needles" sensation. Some have described pinched nerves as a dull ache or a pain that starts in one area and radiates to another. Every patient experiences a pinched nerve differently. Therefore, if you suspect you have one and the pain is not going away, seek medical help.
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We help patients overcome pain and regain the full function of their bodies for a better quality of life. If you are struggling with a pinched nerve in Gilbert, AZ, or the surrounding area, let us help. Call us today at 480-545-0000 to schedule an appointment or learn more about our services.