Pinched nerves can be painful and debilitating. Many people experience extreme pain, while others have numbness or tingling in their hands. They symptoms of a pinched nerve depend on where the pinched nerve is located within the body. Regardless of what you are feeling, it is always important to have pain or numbness checked out to ensure it isn't a sign of a serious illness. Stillwell Family Chiropractic Clinic, our chiropractor located in Kent, can diagnose and treat your pinched nerve.
What Is a Pinched Nerve?
Pinched nerves are caused by pressure placed on nerves from surrounding cartilage, bones, tendons, or muscle. The pressure keeps the nerve from functioning correctly. Patients will experience pain, numbness, tingling, or even weakness in the affected area. Pinched nerves can occur in many parts of the body, but primarily happen in or around a person's spine. A pinched nerve can be as the result of an accident or injury, repeated movement at work or certain hobbies such as painting, sculpting, using a hand sander, obesity, arthritis, or could be a normal complication of the aging process. There are some facts to bear in mind about pinched nerves:
- Problems can develop over time or suddenly.
- Conservative treatments can usually remedy the issues related to the pinched nerve within weeks or even days.
- There are ways to prevent pinched nerves, such as taking frequent breaks from repetitive activities, avoiding prolonged sitting, standing, or lying in bed, or being overweight. Lack of exercise can also create decreased strength and flexibility which can lead to a pinched nerve.
- Repeated use of the hands or arms can cause a condition called Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. This condition presents mostly in women and affects the wrists and hands, making it difficult to type or do simple tasks.
How Can a Chiropractor Help?
Chiropractic care provides more than just a way to treat the symptoms of pinched nerves. The focus is on the whole body and getting to the root of the problem, rather than just covering up the pain with medication. Targeted chiropractic treatments will have you moving again in no time at all.