A pinched nerve is a common condition many people experience, where you feel a shooting pain or numbness along a part of your body. A pinched nerve can be debilitating and painful to live with if left untreated.
At Lotus Chiropractic Care, Dr. Desai offers gentle and skilled treatment to resolve your pinched nerve condition effectively.
What is a Pinched Nerve?
A pinched nerve happens when too much pressure is applied to a nerve. This pressure can be applied by surrounding tissue, bones, cartilage, muscles, or tendons.
Symptoms of a Pinched Nerve
When you have a pinched nerve, the nerve doesn’t work as it should. This can result in noticeable symptoms, including:
Sharp, burning pain along a specific part of the body that radiates outward
Tingling sensation often described as pins and needles (paresthesia)
Muscle weakness in the affected area
Numbness or a feeling of a decreased sensation in the area the nerve supports
Feeling that your hand or foot has “fallen asleep”
With a pinched nerve, the symptoms and pain often feel worse when you’re sleeping.
Causes of a Pinched Nerve
A pinched nerve happens when too much pressure is applied to a nerve by the tissue around the nerve. The tissue applying the pressure can vary.
A pinched nerve can be caused by various issues, such as:
Sudden weight gain
Development of wrist or rheumatoid arthritis
Spinal disc degeneration
Repetitive stress injury
Poor work ergonomics
Rheumatoid or wrist arthritis
If the pressure is relieved from a pinched nerve after a short period, there is usually no permanent damage. Once the pressure on the nerve is removed, the nerve will start functioning like normal. If the pressure isn’t relieved, there is a risk one could suffer from permanent nerve damage.
Risk Factors for a Pinched Nerve
Numerous risk factors can increase your chance of experiencing a pinched nerve.
Prolonged bed rest
Chiropractic Care for a Pinched Nerve
When treating a pinched nerve, Dr. Desai starts by diagnosing your symptoms and conditions to determine what nerves have been impacted and what parts of the body need to be treated to release the nerve and stop the pain.
Some of the treatments that Dr. Desai may suggest include:
Subluxations in the spine can result in a compressed nerve. Putting the spine back into alignment can remove nerve interference in the body, helping to release the pinched nerve and relieve inflammation.
A joint, muscle, or bone can become misaligned, resulting in a pinched nerve. Dr. Desai, through proper diagnosis, can adjust the joints in the arms and legs to fix nerve compression in those areas.
Dr. Desai is focused on providing you with a holistic approach to care. She may suggest lifestyle and dietary changes that can assist with your healing. She may also walk you through gentle exercises that you can do at home to strengthen the impacted muscles.
How to Prevent a Pinched Nerve
You can prevent a pinched nerve through the following preventative actions.
Maintain a good posture at work and home.
Don’t cross your legs when you are sitting down.
Don’t lie in any one position for a long time.
Include both strength and flexibility exercises in your regular exercise routine.
Limit repetitive movements. If you have to engage in repetitive movements, take frequent breaks.
Maintain a healthy weight.
Get Chiropractic Treatment for a Pinched Nerve
Dr. Tanvi Desai is a chiropractic expert with extensive training and experience in caring for patients' spinal misalignments. She offers patients treatment options for gentle adjustments.
Lotus Chiropractic Care can help improve posture, reduce pain, and improve the body's overall function. Dr. Desai can help get your body back to a pain-free life if you suffer from a pinched nerve.
We service residents of Dunwoody and surrounding areas from our office on Mt. Vernon Rd, Dunwoody, Georgia.
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