A pinched nerve can be debilitating to everyday life, which is why it is one of the most commonly seen issues at chiropractic offices for patients seeking immediate pain relief. Pinched nerves can come on suddenly—or they can be a symptom of a larger, more serious issue. Regardless of the reason, pinched nerves cause inflammation and pain and seem to stop your body’s functionality in its tracks. Luckily, the expert care team at Tannenbaum Chiropractic in Beverly Hills provides both the immediate and long-term relief you need to move on from a pinched nerve.
Are you experiencing pain and inflammation from a pinched nerve? Don’t hesitate and call our team in Beverly Hills to schedule a chiropractic appointment today!
What is a Pinched Nerve?
Pinched nerves can feel like they came out of nowhere. However, they are usually an indication of prolonged misalignment. That “pinch” feeling is from muscle, bone or tendons applying misdirected pressure to your nerve endings. This pressure also interrupts the communication of your nervous system, disabling your nerve’s functionality. A pinched nerve can occur anywhere in the body, but the most common ailments occur along the spine: your neck, upper to mid back, and lower back. Joint issues can also cause pinched nerve pain, such as from a herniated disk or carpal tunnel syndrome.
Pinched nerve symptoms can include:
- Radiating or burning pain
- Feeling of “pins and needles”
- Headaches and migraines
- Sharp pain in the neck and/or thoracic spine (upper to mid back)
- Aching lumbar spine (lower back)
- Numbness or tingling sensation (when digits or limbs “fall asleep”)
- Shock-like shooting pain down back and/or limbs
- Muscle weakness
- Decreased or limited mobility, especially found in the neck
Why Chiropractic Care is the Best Treatment for a Pinched Nerve
Pinched nerve symptoms can be alleviated through other means, such as gentle stretching, the use of ice and heat application, and pain medication. However, for long-term solutions to the pain and inflammation pinched nerves cause, you need adequate care that tackles the root of the problem. Because chiropractic care focuses on the nervous system, it is the best way to not only treat a pinched nerve but prevent it as well. When it comes to pinched nerves, chiropractic care can:
1. Provide immediate relief
When presenting signs of a pinched nerve, a chiropractor can assess your needed adjustments through a holistic outlook. Chiropractic care focuses on spinal adjustments that can correct nerve displacements and alleviate pain by removing compression caused by the pinched nerve.
2. Address the root cause of the pain
There are several reasons pinched nerves occur. More often than not, it is when a bone, muscle, or joint is misaligned from its natural position. This can happen during everyday movements such as lifting, twisting, and bending. It is important to communicate the movement that caused the nerve to “pinch,” so your chiropractor can adequately assess the spinal manipulation required to decompress the tissue and release the nerve endings.
3. Identify potential injuries and other serious issues
While a pinched nerve is usually a nonserious issue, it can be an indication of a larger problem. If you have suffered an injury from a motor vehicle accident or sports, for example, you may be at risk for misalignment without knowing it. Pinched nerves can also come from the overuse of muscles—such as with athletic training and weightlifting—which can lead to the actual injury. It can also be a sign of rheumatoid arthritis, which would then call for a different treatment plan. It is important to discuss in depth past injuries, lifestyle habits, and general health, as well as your history of pinched nerve symptoms so any serious issue can be identified and treated accordingly.
4. Incorporate an at-home physical therapy plan
Because chiropractic care is holistic, it is important to not only relieve immediate concerns but ensure you are leaving the office with the tools needed to overcome any residual issues. If your pinched nerve was part of a larger problem, such as an injury or poor lifestyle habits, your chiropractor may design an at-home physical therapy plan. This will help strengthen your joints and encourage healthy movement to heal the initial cause of your pain, so you have less of a chance of it reoccurring.
5. Offer long-term, preventative care
Even if your pinched nerve is not due to a serious issue or minor injury, there may be other factors that contribute to repeating issues. If you have weak muscles and joints, poor desk and work ergonomics, incorrect sleeping habits or problematic bedding, poor posture overall, or even poor nutrition and lack of exercise, you are more suspectable to pinched nerves and the pain that comes with it. Your chiropractor can evaluate your lifestyle and habits to determine if there are any contributing factors causing reoccurring pinched nerves and offer solutions to prevent the pain from returning.
Pinched Nerve Relief in Beverly Hills at Tannenbaum Chiropractic
At Tannenbaum Chiropractic in Beverly Hills, our facilities offer the luxurious gift of self-care. Our expert team will identify, adjust, and relieve both the immediate pain and inflammation you are experiencing from a pinched nerve while setting you up for long-term success to treat and prevent further issues.
If you are prone to pinched nerves or are suffering from pinched nerve symptoms, the team at Tannenbaum Chiropractic in Beverly Hills can help! Call us TODAY to schedule an appointment and receive relief immediately.