Pinched Nerves: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments
A pinched nerve results when there is inflammation or pressure around surrounding tissue and nerves which in turn, sends warning signals to the brain. It can happen anywhere in the body but presents most often in the neck, elbows, and wrists. These injuries also put you at risk for other issues such as sciatica, tennis elbow, and carpal tunnel syndrome.
You may notice these signals present as:
Stinging Pain “Pins and Needles”
Limbs “Fall Asleep”
If you have a pinched nerve, symptoms may get worse while lying down or in the morning when you wake up. Learning to live with pain is not a good solution especial if you experience chronic pain in your daily life so below are a few tips to help you prevent and manage your chronic pain.
Overall health is essential to preventing pinched nerves which means clean eating, exercising, daily stretching, and achieving a healthy weight are all key factors. However, sometimes the injury is severe and may require physical therapy.
Tips to treat and relieve the pain of a pinched nerve
- Extra sleep- Rest is excellent for maintaining nerve health as the body repairs and heals itself while you nap. Often times relaxing the sensitive area is enough to allow the nerve to improve on its own.
- Change your posture- Poor posture can result in a pinched nerve. Most of us spend a lot of time sitting and standing but if your posture is incorrect, it puts unnecessary stress on the body. This stress leads to spinal and muscle damage and even pinched nerves.
- Stretching and yoga- Stretching and yoga help relieve tension and pressure in affected areas. Be careful not to stretch your limbs too deeply, however, as it may make things worse.
- Massage – Regular massage helps to reduce physical pain and stress on your body. The light pressure around the affected area will relieve tension and relax muscles. It’s recommended to avoid deep tissue massages if you have a pinched nerve as the added pressure can make the symptoms worse.
- Elevate your legs- If your pinched nerve is located in the back elevating your legs will help release the pressure from the spine.
- Ice and heat- Alternating ice and heat packs can help reduce swelling and inflammation and increase circulation to the area which helps relieve pain.
- Physical therapy- A professional will use a combination of exercise, massage, and gentle stretching to help eliminate the symptoms and pain associated with a pinched nerve.
When to seek professional help
Don’t ignore the warning signs. If your brain is telling you that you’re in pain, listen! If your pain lasts for more than a few days, you should see your doctor promptly. Especially if:
- A pinched never affects the bladder
- Inability to grip objects
- Nerve damage causing a limb or body part to collapse
Ramos Center focuses on functional pain management. Our holistic approach to health and wellness encourages our patients to find an individual path that suits their needs. We have a nutritionist, professional trainers, counselors, and skilled doctors on hand that will customize a plan of action customized for you and your needs.
For those who have advanced cases of pinched nerves, our staff will offer several options to leave you feeling pain-free and fabulous.
Ramos Center is eagerly waiting to answer your questions. It’s time to take the first steps to live a healthier, happier, pain-free life.