What is a Pinched Nerve?
A pinched nerve is a nerve that is compressed, causing pain. As the problem progresses, it becomes harder and harder to ignore. In some cases, people go months or years with pinched nerve pain and don’t realize that this is a problem that can be resolved with the help of chiropractic medicine. If you believe that you may have a pinched nerve, learn what causes it and how you can have a chiropractor treat it for relief.
Understanding Pinched Nerves
If you have a habit of sitting or lying in the same position for long periods of time, or you’re an athlete who performs repetitive movements often, you could develop an issue with a pinched nerve. A herniated disc can also cause compression of a nerve in the spinal column. The nerve is compressed by bone, tissue, and ligaments—usually in the neck, back, arms or legs. The most common symptom is localized pain. Another possible symptom is weakness or a numb feeling in the limb where a nerve is pinched. In some cases, nerve compression in one area can cause discomfort in other places.
When to See a Chiropractor About a Pinched Nerve
When you have the symptoms of a pinched nerve and they are persistent, you don’t want to wait long to seek treatment. The nerve will get more inflamed over time and can significantly affect your ability to move around if it isn’t treated. After a while, the affected nerve can swell and cause a build-up of fluid in the area. Patients who have untreated pinched nerves can develop issues like carpal tunnel and peripheral neuropathy.
Pinched Nerve Treatment
You will be relieved to find that an effective treatment for a pinched nerve is available at the chiropractor's office. A few spinal manipulation and alignment sessions with a doctor can relieve compression in the back or neck. Physical therapy can help loosen up a pinched nerve and splinting allows the ligaments and tissues around the nerve to relax. Ice or heat therapy may also be recommended.
Get Help from a Chiropractor
Pinched nerves are a specialty of the doctors at NH Chiros (Dr. Ken George & Assoc’s, PA) in Stratham, NH. Call the office today at 603-772-6400 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ken George or Dr. Nicholas Rost.
If you have more questions about a pinched nerve, call Dr. Ken George & Associates, P.A. in Stratham, NH at 603-772-6400.