When it comes to talking about bodies and pain, the term “pinched nerve” often comes up. But, what is a pinched nerve and how do you know if this term describes your pain? In this blog post we’ll discuss the symptoms of a pinched nerve and the treatment options if you have one.
What is a pinched nerve?
A pinched nerve is essentially a nerve that is being compressed. Pinched refers to the compression of a nerve in your body. Nerves run throughout the entire body but sometimes, after repetitive motions or prolonged positions, a nerve may become pinched or compressed by other parts of the body.
Pinched nerves typically present in areas of the body in which there is a meeting of tendon, ligaments, or bone. Pinched nerves most commonly happen around joints because this is where tendons, ligaments, and bone meet. The compression can also cause inflammation that further compresses the nerve. Pinched nerves most commonly occur in the neck, hip, arms, wrists, shoulders, or back.
Symptoms of a Pinched Nerve
Pinched nerves can present in a variety of ways, but the most common symptom of a pinched nerve is obvious pain. Symptoms of a pinched nerve include:
- Pain in the area around the compressed nerve, such as the neck or elbow or wrist
- Pain that radiates down a limb, such as the arms or legs (ex. sciatica)
- Tingling or numbness
- Burning sensation
- Limited range of motion due to pain
- Pins and needles sensation
- Weakness during activities
Pinched Nerve Treatment
Treatment for a pinched nerve varies between patients. Some people need only to rest the area to reduce compression and inflammation, while others may require physical therapy or chiropractic treatment. Even before seeking treatment, you should stop activities that cause pain if you suspect that you have a pinched nerve. Continuing any activity that irritates a pinched nerve has the potential to cause permanent damage if left untreated.
Treatment options for a pinched nerve include:
- Medication (NSAIDs) to reduce pain and inflammation
- Steroid Injections
- Oral Corticosteroids
- Chiropractic Treatment
- Physical Therapy
Chiropractic Treatment for a Pinched Nerve
Chiropractic treatment may help a pinched nerve that is due to bond compression. Certain conditions, such as a bulging disc, misaligned spine, sciatica, or other conditions can be alleviated with chiropractic treatment and reduce pain-causing nerve compression.
A chiropractor will perform an intake exam to determine the cause of your pain and whether it’s because of a pinched nerve. In cases where there is bone compression, a chiropractic adjustment or series of ongoing adjustments may be all that is necessary to relieve the compression.
If you’re suffering from pain that you believe is from a pinched nerve, we may be able to help. Contact us to schedule an appointment in Redondo Beach for your pinched nerve symptoms.