While a pinched nerve may sound like a simple annoyance, it truly has the ability to derail everything you try to do throughout your average day. The pain and other frequently debilitating symptoms that are often seen as a result of pinched nerves can leave you without the ability to do even the most simple of tasks. While some people can work through the pain for a while, many find themselves either in too much pain to move at all, or that they at least need to cut down on their physical activity because of the pinched nerve. This obviously isn’t a sustainable solution, especially if you have a job or people who rely on you such as children or elderly family. Being diagnosed with a pinched nerve doesn’t have to be life changing, but you do need to understand what your treatment options are.
Pinched nerves are caused by an excess of pressure applied to a nerve by the surrounding body parts. This pressure can cause different problems in the area, which can impact your movement. Pinched nerve pain isn’t something that will go away on its own, either. If you have symptoms that last longer than a few days, you should call DiBella Chiropractic to see a doctor. If you aren’t sure whether you are experiencing symptoms of a pinched nerve, here are a few of the common symptoms to look out for:
– Muscle weakness in an isolated area
– Pain that feels either sharp or aching, which often radiates out from a specific point
– Numbness or decreased sensation in an isolated area
– Tingling, or a feeling of “pins and needles”, as if a limb has fallen asleep
– Any of these symptoms getting worse at night
In order to be diagnosed, you will most likely have to go through a series of tests that your doctor needs to request. These often include imaging tests and/or electrical pulse tests which help your doctor determine if the issue originates in your nervous system. From there, you may be prescribed physical therapy, medication, or even surgery depending on how bad the damage is.
If you would like to see what treatment options are available to you before you turn to surgery, give us a call. We are here to help you feel better regardless of any nerve issues you may have. We know how painful a pinched nerve can be and will do everything we can to help you feel better, so call us today!