If You have been diagnosed with a pinched nerve our doctors will formulate a personalized treatment plan for you. Some treatments that may be recommended include:
Rest & Ice
While ice is primarily for new injuries, we have seen positive effects in dealing with many types of inflammation. Adding heat may feel good while it’s on, but it can cause the spinal discs and surrounding tissues to swell, which will only increase your symptoms. Rest is also a factor, or more appropriately, avoiding the activities that are aggravating the condition. In the case of typing on the computer, you may not be able to stop doing the activity but you can modify how you do it.
Modify The Activities That Exacerbate Your Condition
Since most people work at a computer all day, we tend to educate around those types of activities. However, any repetitive action will eventually cause an imbalance. Take a look at your average day and look for activities that you do repeatedly or for extended periods. For computer screens, make sure they are high enough and that your work station is set up correctly. Any activities you do frequently will likely need some type of counter movement, like a stretch or exercise. Your chiropractor can help you with addressing your spinal imbalances and coming up with a home exercise program to bring your spine back into balance.
Stretchs & Therapeutic Exercise
For posture related problems that may lead to a pinched nerve, you’ll either be stretching the area or strengthening it. For your neck, you’ll need to stretch the front part of your neck and strengthen the back. For your lower back, you’ll want to strengthen the back and improve your core while stretching your hamstrings and hip rotators. Many times patients are stretching the wrong muscles!
While the nerve may not be technically “pinched” there’s definitely pressure. Losing height in the discs between the vertebrae will only create more pressure a.k.a. “compression.” Taking pressure of the nerves and discs with spinal decompression therapy goes a long way in helping your inflamed nerve problem. Spinal decompression can be performed on the neck and the low back to target the specific nerve roots that are causing your symptoms. Clients can experience relief quickly in many cases.
Taking over-the-counter pain relievers will only mask the symptoms you’re experiencing without treating its root cause. Chiropractic care is designed to treat pain and discomfort by improving mobility in the joints of your body. Your brain and spinal cord make up your central nervous system from which every other nerve emanates. When the bones in your spine (vertebrae) are misaligned, the nerves send pain signals to your brain, signaling a problem.
We often think the solution is to take a few pain relievers and ignore the problem, but the misalignment remains. Unless the vertebrae are brought back into alignment, the nerve will continue to misfire. Chiropractic care realigns the bones in your spine and allows your nerves to communicate with the rest of your body the way they should. Not only do you experience less back and neck pain and fewer headaches, you feel happier, more energetic, and ready to tackle whatever life throws at you.