A pinched nerve can happen in a variety of places throughout the body with some of the most common being the lower spine, wrists, neck, and legs. A pinched nerve occurs when the muscles or tendons around the nerve are inflamed, putting pressure on the nerve and either causing pain or even numbness throughout the extremities related or attached to this affected nerve.
Your pinched nerve may be caused by different physical conditions such as carpal tunnel or a herniated disc. Though pinched nerves can be painful, the majority of patients find that their pinched nerve(s) goes away on its own.
Treating a pinched nerve can include:
- Applying heat or ice to the affected area(s)
- Getting a massage to soothe the nerve
- Chiropractic adjustments
If the pinched nerve does not resolve itself and you have persistent pain that lasts for more than a few days, you should seek medical attention by scheduling an appointment at American Neurospine Institute, PLLC with our chiropractor. This is especially true if you’ve tried at-home treatments but feel like your pain is worsening as time progresses. With pinched nerves, it’s important to seek medical attention in order to identify the underlying cause of the pinched nerve to ensure it doesn’t happen again.
Our chiropractor may conduct a physical examination and will most likely prescribe treatments such as chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy, stretching, or anti-inflammatory medications to treat your symptoms, alleviate your pain, and heal your pinched nerve.