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  • Writer's pictureTanvi Desai

How Chiropractic care can help treat pinched nerves

Updated: Jul 27, 2022

Are you experiencing a shooting pain or numbness along a part of your body? You could be suffering from a pinched nerve. This is a common condition that many of us face at some point in our lives. And if left untreated, a pinched nerve can get debilitating and painful to live with.

A pinched nerve can be released using proper, gentle care. In my office, chiropractic has been incredibly effective in helping patients deal with pinched nerves. But if you are looking to know more- What is a pinched nerve and how is it caused? How can we know we have pinched nerves? And more importantly, how can I help you at Lotus Chiropractic Care?

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The “pinched” nerve

In simple words–a pinched nerve occurs when too much pressure is applied to a nerve by the surrounding muscles, tendons, or other tissues. This can occur in several areas throughout the body. For instance, disc herniation or misalignment can cause compressed nerves at the spinal level. Likewise, nerves may get pinched in entrapped joints, muscles, or fascia–causing numbness and pain in that part of the body.

Do you have a pinched nerve?

If a nerve is pinched, it can no longer function properly. Some of the most common symptoms of this condition include-

  • Sharp, burning pain along a part of the body

  • Tingling, needles sensations (Paresthesia)

  • Numbness or reduced sensation in an area

  • Muscle pain or weakness in the affected area

  • Frequent feeling that the hand or foot has “fallen asleep”

If you have been experiencing some or all of these symptoms, you may have a pinched nerve. Another thing to know is that these symptoms may get worse when you are sleeping.

The common causes of a pinched nerve

A pinched nerve occurs when the nerve gets compressed by its surrounding tissues. Some of the common causes or triggers behind this condition include-

  • Physical injuries

  • Obesity or issues related to sudden weight gain

  • Development of wrist or rheumatoid arthritis

  • Spinal disc degeneration

  • Stress from “repetitive” work

  • Poor work ergonomics and posture

And another thing- Conditions like diabetes, thyroid, or bone spurs are known to increase the chances of pinching your nerves.

Chiropractic care for pinched nerves

In my office, I usually start with diagnosing the patient’s symptoms and conditions. I can determine what nerves have been impacted and what parts of the body could be treated–to release the nerve and ease the pain.

  • Spinal adjustments

Subluxations in the spine are often known to compress a nerve and hinder the communication process in the CNS. With the right adjustments, my goal will be to realign the spinal bones back to their natural state–and remove nerve interference in the body that is causing problems. Putting the spine back in alignment will also help relieve inflammation and release the pinched nerves.

  • Adjustments in the joints

Sometimes, a joint, muscle, or bone may get misaligned from its natural position–causing a pinched nerve. In my office, I have been able to adjust a variety of joints in the arms and legs to help fix nerve compression in those areas. A proper diagnosis of your condition will allow me to determine the joints that are dysfunctioning.

  • Providing an overall care

As a chiropractor, my focus will always be on holistic wellness. In my office, I will walk you through some gentle exercises you may do at home to strengthen any impacted muscles. I can also suggest some lifestyle or dietary changes that may speed up your healing. These steps could be key in warding off any future symptoms as well.

In most cases, the treatment of a pinched nerve is quite straightforward. But severe problems may arise if the condition is left undiagnosed. At Lotus Chiropractic Care, Dr. Tanvi Desai can assess your condition and identify the severity of the pinched nerve–to develop a treatment plan that is ideal for you.

Let us get you proper care and keep your tomorrow injury-free.

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