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Pinched Nerves: What Causes Them and Treatment Options
We invite you to schedule an appointment to visit our office if pinched nerves are causing you to suffer from pain. This is a common problem that can occur after being in an accident, suffering a trauma or even moving around at work or while playing with the kids. Unfortunately, it can be quite uncomfortable and even very painful. It is important to seek professional help since this discomfort is unlikely to go away without intervention.
How do nerves get pinched?
Nerves run through the spinal cord. Since the spinal cord is composed of many vertebrae, if one of them slips out-of-place, a nerve can become pinched. This can happen quite frequently in a car or workplace accident where the body is suddenly forced into a strange position. However, it is possible for vertebrae to move out of position during everyday life. This can lead to headaches, health problems, pain and pinched nerves.
It is also possible for a nerve to become pinched because the cushion in between the vertebrae becomes worn or slips out-of-place. This is typically referred to as a ruptured disk. Without the disk serving as a cushion, the two vertebrae can rub against each other leading to increased pain in addition to the nerve being pinched.
There are several treatment options for pinched nerves. They include:
1. Spinal manipulation
Through spinal manipulation, a chiropractor can move the vertebrae back into alignment so that the nerves can flow through the spinal cord without disruption. This is a gentle treatment that can be completed in a matter of minutes. It is highly effective and popular among even the busiest of patients because of how quickly it can provide relief.
Sometimes, in order to relieve a pinched nerve, decompression is used. This is where space is created in between the vertebrae so that the pressure is relieved from the pinched nerve. Removing this pressure is incredibly effective for providing patients with relief.
3. Pain medication
Some people rely on pain medication in order to help with pain from a pinched nerve. This is a good solution temporarily but is not a long-term solution because it does not solve the cause or source of the pain. It is important to use any pain medication in conjunction with treatments that are going to solve the problem long-term.
Visit us for relief
We encourage anyone who is suffering from pain or discomfort caused by a pinched nerve to visit our office for help. After conducting an examination, we can determine the best way to treat a patient's immediate discomfort and also to improve their health and comfort long-term.
During the consultation, you can also ask any questions that would help you in determining which treatment options you are comfortable with. We believe that it is important to inform and educate patients and are happy to answer any questions or provide information so that you can do additional research. For help, call us today.