A pinched nerve may just sound like a tiny inconvenience, but it has the ability to heavily impact everything you do. The pain and multiple other symptoms that are associated with pinched nerves can, and often do, cause debilitating issues. While some people can work through pain for a while, many find themselves to be either bed bound or at least need to cut back on their physical activity with a pinched nerve. This obviously isn’t a sustainable treatment, especially if you still have to go to work or take care of someone. Being diagnosed with a pinched nerve doesn’t have to be frightening, but you do need to have a grasp of what your actual treatment options are.
Pinched nerves happen due to an excess of pressure that is applied to a specific nerve by the surrounding muscles, tendons, cartilage, and/or bones. This pressure can cause different problems in the area which can impact your movement, no matter how active you normally are. Pinched nerve pain isn’t something that can go away on its own, either. If you have symptoms that last longer than a few days, you should definitely see a doctor and call DiBella Chiropractic. If you aren’t sure what to look for if you think you may have a pinched nerve, here are a few of the common symptoms you may experience:
- 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 may have to go through a series of tests that your doctor can order. These are normally imaging tests or electrical pulse tests which help your doctor determine if the issue starts in your nervous system. From there, you may be prescribed physical therapy, medication, or even surgery depending on how severe the damage is.
If you would like to see what treatment options you have before you immediately 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 as soon as you can!