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What is a Pinched Nerve and How is it Treated?

What is a Pinched Nerve and How is it Treated?

January 14, 2023

The term “pinched nerve” is actually not a true medical term but a colloquial term used to describe a general issue of some type of pressure or constriction on a nerve or set of nerves that can lead to pain. Pinched nerves can happen all throughout the body and radiate to different areas. Suffering from pinched nerves is a quite common issue for many, with individuals over the age of 50 at a higher risk. Although pinched nerves can be common they can still be incredibly painful and often disrupt your day-to-day life. If you are dealing with some of the following symptoms don’t waste time in pain, reach out to Integrated Health Solutions to see what treatment options are available for you. Read the helpful information below to learn all the basics about this common issue and how to treat it.

Symptoms

A pinched nerve happens when there is excessive pressure on a nerve or bundle of nerves. This pressure can be caused by multiple things such as pressure from cartilage, a herniated disc, muscles or tendons and more. The pressure on the nerve then results in pain. This pain can feel like:

  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Weakness 
  • Sharp
  • Achey

If you find yourself feeling this type of pain you may be suffering from excess pressure on your nerves. A trained professional can help determine exactly what it is causing the problem and the best way to treat it.

Diagnosis

If you’re suffering from some of the above mentioned symptoms you may now be wondering what happens next? If the pain doesn’t go away you should reach out to professionals for help with diagnosis and treatment. Doctors will discuss your symptoms with you to help determine if you are dealing with a pinched nerve. They may also want to run tests such as MRI, ultrasound or X-rays though typically a discussion of your symptoms and a physical evaluation is enough. After confirming you are dealing with a pinched nerve, there are some suggested treatments you could utilize.

Treatments For Pinched Nerves

Your treatment for your pinched nerve will depend on where it is and how severe the pain is. Sometimes pinched nerves can be treated simply with rest. If you rest, the area experiencing pressure on nerves can relax and relieve tension alleviating the pain you’re experiencing from the pinched nerve. Beyond rest your doctor may also advise you to engage in some simple physical therapy. Physical therapy can help loosen your body and relieve tension. This will relax the pressure on your pinched nerve and strengthen and  stretch your body to help prevent pinched nerves in the future. Other options your doctor may suggest are:

  • Splints or slings for immobilization
  • Trigger point therapy

Call Integrated Health Solutions today if you are experiencing any pain from a suspected pinched nerve. We will help pinpoint the cause and provide treatment to alleviate your pain and discomfort.

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