Properly Recovering From a Pinched Nerve: How to Heal Better
A pinched nerve affects each person differently. You may have pain but no other symptoms. You may have a menagerie of symptoms but no pain. It all depends on how your body reacts to the impeded nerve and to what extent the nerve is being compressed. Similarly, how to treat a pinched nerve is determined on a case-by-case basis. In order to heal well, you may need a specific kind of treatment that another patient wouldn’t need.
This is part of why chiropractic is an ideal treatment for pinched nerves. The holistic, individualized nature of chiropractic means it doesn’t consider a pinched nerve in isolation and ensures each patient’s unique experience is receiving a unique approach to restoring wellness.
At Advanced Spine & Posture, we take personalized wellness a step further, employing a Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach to each of our Las Vegas, NV patients. When it comes to pinched nerves, we treat the person, not just the ailment.
Qualifying a pinched nerve
Any instance where nerve endings are irritated, compressed, or otherwise damaged could be referred to as a pinched nerve. This may result from an obvious injury or it may just appear seemingly at random, due to stress and strain from daily life. People with pinched nerves often experience:
- Pain where the nerve ending is located in the back or neck;
- Shooting pain down the outside of the legs, affecting the sciatic nerve;
- Weakness when attempting to complete daily activities;
- Numbness, tingling, or burning sensation.
Determining treatment for a pinched nerve
Addressing why pain exists in the first place is key to addressing a pinched nerve. It may be due to, for example, scar tissue or a misplaced vertebral disc. In some cases, resting the affected area may be enough. But, if this doesn’t work, you’ll want to consider other options.
Many patients reach for a pill bottle, typically non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen. However, relying on over-the-counter medications only temporarily covers up the pain, easing inflammation without solving the root problem. Your pinched nerve will still be there when the painkiller wears off.
If resting doesn’t work and painkillers aren’t a viable solution, you’re left looking at the potential of chiropractic. This will offer you an individualized look at solutions for overcoming your nerve irritation. A chiropractor has numerous tools and modalities at their disposal for alleviating nerve irritation, all of which may be customized to fit your unique symptoms and root cause:
- Spinal manipulation, a treatment often at the core of chiropractic, corrects spinal subluxations (misalignments) that can release the intense pressure on nerve endings.
- Treatments like massage therapy will allow better flow of blood through the affected area, providing nutrients to the nerve ending needed for healing.
- Physical therapy may be incorporated to strengthen the muscle surrounding the nerve ending lessening the chance of relapse.
Within a tailored CBP schedule, all of these approaches to quelling an inflamed nerve can be incorporated to ease the ongoing pain and discomfort that plague sufferers on a daily basis.
You don’t have to live with the debilitating pain of a pinched nerve. The expert team at Advanced Spine & Posture strives to provide personal treatment to Las Vegas, NV patients, to help them overcome their condition. Best of all, we take the time to provide insight into how you can rest and recover from your pinched nerve in the best way possible for you.
Contact us today to learn more about Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) and how we can put a recovery program to work for you.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.