Our nerves play a very critical part in our body. They extend from the brain to the spinal cord to different body parts. They give life to every part in our body.
When a nerve is compressed, chiropractic care reinstates the pinched nerve’s ability to communicate from and to the brain. If you suffer from a pinched nerve, Fort Myers Chiropractor, Dr. Jason B. Kaster, has the knowledge and experience to help correct your problem.
What is a Pinched Nerve?
The usual cause of a pinched nerve is from having too much pressure or compression applied on a nerve by bones, cartilage, muscles, or tendons. The pressure causes inflammation and disrupts the normal function of the affected nerves. Pain, weakness, tingling, and numbness are the results of this disruption in function. Injury may happen to a single nerve or to a set of nerves, and in more than one location. Oftentimes, no permanent damage is seen if a nerve is compressed for a short period of time, however, constant pressure will result in permanent nerve damage and chronic pain.
Chiropractic Care for Pinched Nerves
Why should you choose Chiropractic for Pinched Nerves?
Pinched Nerve Causes
Lastly, the cause of a pinched nerve also depends on its location. For example, a herniated disc, arthritis (presence of bone spurs), and spinal stenosis may pinch a nerve in the neck or lower back and cause pain that may radiate to the arms or legs. Another example is a pinched nerve in the wrist, which can be due to carpal tunnel syndrome. Additionally, swelling around a nerve may be caused by other conditions cause swelling in the extremities, such as pregnancy.
Pinched Nerve Symptoms
- The signs and symptoms of pinched nerve are the following:
- Pain described as sharp, aching or burning in the area of compression such as the neck or low back
- Decreased sensation or numbness on the area supplied by the nerve
- Decreased muscle strength
- The sensation that a foot or hand has “fallen asleep”
- Tingling or “Pins and needles”
Pinched Nerve Treatments
A. Conservative Treatments
Exercise (stretches and strengthening) – Improved flexibility and range of motion in the spine can be achieved through stretching, and a stabilized spine is gained by doing strengthening and resistance exercise.
Chiropractic/Spinal Manipulations – Also known as ‘spinal adjustments’; used to realign the spine to its proper position.
Decompression/Traction – Creates a negative pressure on discs that may be causing nerve root impingement, opens up facet joints (vertebral joint) and their associated ligamentous capsules, and relieves compression/pressure from arthritis and bone spurs.
Intersegmental Traction – An induced passive motion is applied into the spine to stretch and increase mobility.
B. Medical Treatments
Medications (NSAIDs, oral corticosteroids, narcotics) – Commonly prescribed medications are aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen. These medications reduce pain and swelling. Stomach bleeding, high blood pressure, and kidney or heart problems are some of the common side effects of these medications.
Steroid injections – Steroids are used to decrease swelling and will allow the injured nerve to heal. Localized pain, anxiety, and fever the night of the injection are some of the known side effects of this treatment.
Surgery – Only to be considered when all conservative managements have failed. It is indicated for more severe cases. The type of surgery depends on the location of the injured nerve. Complications like infection, blood clot, and permanent nerve damage may be seen post surgery.
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