Essentially, a pinched nerve is when pressure is applied to a nerve, causing pain, numbness and tingling in the surrounding area. Though almost any nerve in the body can be susceptible to this condition, it is most common in the neck and back. Usually, pressure occurs because of a disc herniation, but other causes like excessive weight gain, pregnancy, and certain diseases can also cause a pinched nerve to occur.
When pressure is applied to a nerve, many patients describe the initial pain as numbness or a tingling sensation. Pain can follow as more pressure is continuously applied to the nerve. Conditions like carpal tunnel, sciatica, and neck pain can be the result of a pinched nerve. If you find that your quality of life has decreased because you are always trying to find measures to rid yourself of the pain, then it is time to see a medical professional.
Sometimes, pinched nerves work themselves out as inflammation goes down, but if you have a herniated disc, then the solution may not be as simple as waiting it out. You can try home remedies to reduce the amount of pain you feel, but you may find that they don’t always work. The best solution for you is to see a professional pain management specialist who can help you discover new treatments to aid in reducing your pain.
Your chiropractor at LiveWell Chiropractic is one of the expert medical professionals who can help you manage the pain you feel from a pinched nerve. If the issue is a herniated disc, the chiropractor may use a series of adjustments to realign that area of your spine. Adjustments will take the pressure off of the nerve, which can relieve you of pain.
At LiveWell Chiropractic, we accept most insurance plans, including Medicare. If you are not sure if your insurance covers our care, please call our office. Our staff would be happy to assist you!
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