While a pinched nerve may sound like nothing more than a small annoyance, it really has the ability to interfere with everything you do throughout the day. The pain and other often debilitating symptoms that are associated with pinched nerves can leave you without the ability to tackle everything you need to do. While some people can work through pain for a while, many find themselves either in too much pain to move or that they at least need to cut back on their physical activity due to it. This obviously isn’t a sustainable solution, especially if you still have to go about your life as normal. Being diagnosed with a pinched nerve doesn’t have to be life altering, but you do need to have a grasp of what your treatment options are.
Pinched nerves are caused by an excess of pressure that is applied to a nerve by the surrounding body parts. This pressure can cause different issues in the area which can impact your movement, even if you are normally rather active. Pinched nerve pain isn’t something that will go away on its own. If you have symptoms that last longer than a few days, you should see a doctor and call DiBella Chiropractic. If you aren’t sure whether you are experiencing symptoms of a pinched nerve, here are a few of the common things 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 likely have to go through a series of tests that your doctor needs to order. These include imaging tests 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 surgery depending on how extensive 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 whatever 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 right away!