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The temperature is dropping, the leaves are falling from the trees, and everyone is settling in to root for their favorite sports teams. Whether you’re an active participant on the field or you just prefer to watch, another sports season is upon us! Like any strenuous physical activity, it’s important to understand and accept the risks before engaging.

No matter the sport, whether it’s football, basketball, soccer, or golf, there is always a risk of injury. Some are more severe than others, especially when it comes to contact sports. But one of the more common (and less-frequently addressed) ailments is a pinched nerve. Anyone can suffer from a pinched nerve, but the high physical strain of active sports can exacerbate the issue and cause more frequent bouts of pain.

What causes pinched nerves? Not surprisingly, the condition is precisely what it sounds like. A pinched nerve occurs when your nerve is compressed by the surrounding bone, muscle, or other tissues. This may happen as a result of displacement or inflammation, both of which can occur when participating in physically demanding activities such as sports. Consider the repetitive motion of swinging a golf club, or the constant violent jostling that happens regularly in tackle football. These things can easily cause a pinched nerve.

Now that we know the root cause, we’ll turn our attention to symptoms. How do you know if you’re suffering from pinched nerve? Let’s take a look at some of the most common symptoms that manifest as a result of a pinched nerve:

  • Pain in the affected area
  • Pins and needles
  • Numbness or loss of sensation
  • Muscle weakness

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, then you might have a pinched nerve. If the symptoms last for more than a few days, seek medical help to find relief.

How are pinched nerves treated? Often, patience and rest are the two most important factors in the recovery process. But chiropractic care can expedite the process and provide you with an opportunity to prevent further injury. Non-invasive chiropractic adjustments will relieve the pressure on your spine and bring it back to proper alignment. This is especially critical for those who engage in frequent intense physical activity, such as athletes.

If you or a loved one is suffering from a pinched nerve, try chiropractic first. We would love to have you here at DiBella Chiropractic Center. Contact us or swing by our offices in Gastonia to make an appointment today!

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