How to Fix a Pinched or Compressed Nerve

Kate Keenan blog

A pinched or compressed nerve can make it hard to do routine things most people take for granted. Depending on the severity of it, a pinched nerve can even be debilitating. One option to get relief from a pinched nerve is to make an appointment with a chiropractor. Chiropractic specialists have a few treatments they can use to help you with your pinched or compressed nerve.

What Exactly Is a Compressed Nerve

Our bodies are full of nerves. Sometimes the nerves get compressed under pressure from other parts of the body surrounding them. The pressure can be coming from bones, tendons, muscles, or organs. When the nerve gets pinched, it can’t function the way it normally would.

Sometimes your bones or cartilage may compress the nerve root. It is also possible that your muscles or tendons may squeeze the nerve.

Where Do Pinched Nerves Occur?

A pinched nerve can happen at various sites in your body. You may feel pain in legs, back, arms, neck, or wrist. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, for example, comes from a pinched nerve in your wrist.

Symptoms

Pinched nerves can manifest themselves in several different ways. Signs of a pinched nerve include:

• Pain
• Numbness
• Discomfort
• Muscle weakness

The problems associated with a pinched nerve are often exacerbated when you sleep.

Conditions Associated with Pinched Nerves

An injury can cause a pinched nerve. Repetitive tasks, such as typing on a computer keyboard, can cause a pinched nerve.

Risk Factors

Women are more susceptible to pinched nerves than men. Since females have smaller carpel tunnels, they tend to develop carpal tunnel syndrome more easily.

Other risk factors include:

• Obesity
• Thyroid Disease
• Pregnancy

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Chiropractic Options

So let’s talk about the different options we have as a chiropractor for pinched nerve relief. First, we can do small spinal adjustments that, over time, will help to take the pressure off the compressed nerve and put things back in proper alignment. Oftentimes, your spine or other joints have become misaligned.

Another option is flexion distraction. This treatment involves a specialized table that helps to put the spine back into a proper alignment. Little by little, the pressure on the pinched nerve is eased, giving you relief from the pain and better mobility.

Other tools at a chiropractor’s disposal include electrotherapy and ultrasound technology.

Everyone is different. Depending on the initial exam, your doctor will develop a treatment plan tailored to your body and your needs.

Final Thoughts

When it comes to chiropractic treatments for pinched or compressed nerves, it’s important to remember that this isn’t going to be an instant fix. Taking the pressure off the nerve that has become compressed and irritated will likely take more than one visit.

It takes time to make the changes that need to happen to relieve the pressure that’s pinching the nerve causing you pain.

If you are patient, you’ll likely get the relief you’re looking for by following the treatment plan.

Kate's interest in the medical field began with her mother, who worked as a Special Care Nursery nurse for 50 years. Kate began working in the medical field with a mobile X-ray company, where she continued to foster her interest and learn critical information about a variety of diseases and conditions, along with the processes of diagnosing and treating them. Kate has been writing professionally for 12 years, and she is working on her Masters in English. She loves dogs, good food, and the beach.