What is a pinched nerve?
Could the numbness, tingling, pain, or weakness you’re experiencing be caused by a pinched nerve? Pinched nerves are fairly common, affecting people of all ages. It’s also the leading cause of neck and back pain. While ice and rest can help, if your symptoms don’t go away within a few days then it’s worth it to turn to a doctor to find out what’s going on.
Those with pinched nerves are more likely to experience:
- A “pins and needles” sensation
- Numbness or decreased sensitivity where the nerve is compressed
- A weakness of the muscles
You may find that your symptoms get worse when you’re sleeping. If you’re concerned about a pinched nerve, the team at Aligned Medical Group can provide you with an integrative and holistic approach to treating a pinched nerve.
Rest is crucial for helping a pinched nerve to improve. Our doctor may also recommend wearing a splint depending on the location of the nerve. For example, if you have been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome, we may advise you to wear a splint around your wrist during the day to minimize movements that could exacerbate your symptoms.
Other ways in which our integrative medicine team may treat a pinched nerve include:
Medication: Sometimes corticosteroid injections are administered at the area around the nerve to reduce severe pain and inflammation that may not respond to over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications.
Physical therapy: We can show you a variety of stretching and strengthening exercises and how to gently move in and out of these exercises to take the pressure off the affected nerve.
Massage therapy: Getting regular therapeutic massage therapy sessions can help to alleviate muscle strain and discomfort, while also alleviating pressure around the nerve to help the muscles, ligaments, and tendons to relax.
Posture and ergonomics: We can also show you ways to improve your posture, particularly while sitting at a desk. We can also provide recommendations for more ergonomic workstations.
Chiropractic care: We employ a variety of chiropractic techniques including the Graston Technique, which is an ideal tool to target deep tissue and improve inflammation, tingling, and weakness caused by a pinched nerve.
Vax-D spinal decompression: This non-invasive chiropractic treatment is used to slowly and gently stretch the body into certain positions to reduce pressure on the spinal discs, while also reduces the pressure placed on a pinched nerve.
If you are dealing with numbness, weakness, or tingling that runs down your neck, back shoulder, or leg, you could be dealing with a pinched nerve. Schedule a consultation with Aligned Medical Group at (610) 644-3166 to learn more about your treatment options.