Dealing with neck pain is common occurrence for many people at some point in their life. However, dealing with a pinched nerve can be even more troublesome and have a painful affect on day to day living. At West End Chiropractic and Wellness our doctors and staff have helped numerous patients dealing with neck pain as a result of a pinched nerve.
What is a Pinched Nerve?
A describes one type of damage or injury to a nerve or set of nerves.
Nerves are important for carrying signals to and from the brain, for example to make limbs move and to use senses, like touch.
The injury may result from compression, constriction, or stretching. Symptoms include numbness, “pins and needles” or burning sensations, and pain radiating outward from the injured area.
One of the most common examples of a single compressed nerve is the feeling of having a foot or hand “fall asleep”. Weakness of the muscles along the path of the nerve may be experienced such as losing grip strength in the hand.
What can cause a pinched nerve?
Swelling around a nerve can be caused by an injury, bruise or other conditions, including the swelling of the extremities that can occur with pregnancy. An inherited tendency, from a family history of a similar condition, can also increase an individual’s chance of developing a pinched nerve.
Early diagnosis is important to prevent further damage or complications. Pinched nerve is a common cause of work-related injuries.
The most common cause of a pinched nerve of the neck is from a subluxation or misalignment of the bones in the neck. When the bone (vertebrae) becomes out of alignment it can create pressure on the nerve.
What are treatment options for a pinched nerve?
In many cases a pinched nerve can be treated with rest and ice around the affected area. However, if the pain or symptoms persist past a few days we recommend seeking a exam and consultation with a medical provider such as a chiropractor who treat pinched nerves.
Occasionally, anti-inflammatory medication may be recommended. Physiotherapy may be recommended, and splints or collars may be used. In some cases, surgery is required but this generally a last option for most people.
Recent research has shown chiropractic care is one of the most effective treatment options for dealing with pinched nerves stemming from the neck. By realigning the spine, specifically the bones of the neck, pressure can be taken off a pinched nerve.
At West End Chiropractic and Wellness we have treated patients with pinched nerves from their neck that have caused headaches, neck pain, upper back pain and numbing and tingling. Call us today to see how we can help you at (952) 500-8477 or click here to schedule a FREE EXAM and CONSULTATION