Even if you have never experienced a pinched nerve, you probably know it’s not a good thing. After all, getting pinched at best is annoying and at worst is extremely painful. But what exactly is a pinched nerve, how do you contract one, what are the symptoms, and more importantly, how do you treat it?
What is a pinched Nerve?
A pinched nerve happens when your surrounding bones, cartilage, muscles, or tendons place too much pressure on one of your nerves. This interruption causes your nerve to be unable to function properly, which causes pain, discomfort, and other various unpleasant warning signals.
What Causes a Pinched nerve?
There are plenty of variables that can cause a pinched nerve. Potential causes include injuries; health conditions like arthritis, pregnancy, and diabetes; along with physical stress brought on from repetitive motions.
What are the Symptoms of a pinched nerve?
Although symptoms can arise in numerous locations in the body, the majority of the symptoms occur in your arms, hands, legs, or feet. One point to keep in mind is that the symptoms and their locations are heavily dependent upon where you’re experiencing a pinched nerve. Regardless of the exact point, here are five clear signs you have a pinched nerve.
1.) Pins & Needles
There are three main types of nerves found in the body: sensory nerves, which are responsible for your sense of feeling; motor nerves, which control the voluntary movement of your muscles; and autonomic nerves, which take care of automatic organ-related functions, such as sweating and breathing.
The job of each category of nerves is to relay messages from one part of your body to the other, including your brain. Anything that blocks the transmission will result in the manifestation of a symptom, such as the sensation of pins and needles. A pins-and-needles feeling usually means that a sensory nerve is being compressed.
When a nerve becomes impeded it can result in poor blood flow, which means you can lose your sense of feeling in certain areas of your body. Essentially, the pressure can cause issues with the nerves’ ability to fire, and as a result, your hand or arm might feel numb until you relieve the pressure that’s blocking the blood flow.
3.) Body Parts Fall Asleep
If you notice that your arm or leg falls asleep a lot when you lay or sit on it a certain way, it’s likely your position is causing a nerve to become compressed. However, if it happens seemingly out of nowhere and you’re not sure why, it’s important to check in with a doctor or chiropractor to find out what is causing the sensation.
4.) Aching or Burning Pain
This can happen because something near the nerve is inflamed and compressing it, or the nerve itself is inflamed. The severe pain is your body’s way of letting you know something is wrong.
For the record, you’ll probably experience the pain in an area where the nerve is not being compressed. Rather, you’ll feel it where the nerve ends, like in the lower part of your leg or your hand. For instance, sciatica, which is shooting pain that travels down the sciatic nerve begins in your lower back and goes into one or both legs. Therefore, patients usually experience debilitating pain and discomfort in their legs and feet.
5.) Muscle Weakness
Muscle weakness is usually a result of your motor nerves, the ones that carry messages from your brain to your muscles, being pinched. This is generally a signal that the muscle that’s connected with the nerve isn’t being told to operate properly.
How do you treat a pinched nerve?
There are several ways to go about curing a pinched nerve, such as extra rest, ice, heat, medication, and in some instances surgery. However, the most effective way to treat nerve pain is chiropractic care. Chiropractic care is the art and science of removing subluxations from the body. These subluxations cause distortions in your body’s communication channels (i.e. your nervous system), which impairs your body’s functionality.
Through the gentle, low-impact, and hands-on treatment of a chiropractic adjustment, doctors of chiropractic are able to safely and naturally restore order to your body. In addition, chiropractor practitioners often turn to stretches, exercises, and therapeutic treatments, such as ultrasound, in order to help the body heal and recover from a pinched nerve.
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September 4, 2020