A Pinched Nerve can be from a muscle entrapment, but most of the time, a pinched nerve happens at the nerve root at one of the joints in the spinal column. According to Dr. Rashad Tradulsi, one of the leading chiropractors at Manhattan Wellness Group, “if you have a pinched nerve in your neck, it will affect the nerves and the muscles down the arm and into the hand. When you have a pinched nerve in your low back, the pain can travel down the leg and affect the muscles in the hip and lower extremity”. Dr. Trabulsi goes on to say that “nerves can also be pinched at the mid back from our posture or injury, that would then affect our organs in our torso.”
That’s why regular Chiropractic treatments and proper spinal hygiene can help both release a pinched nerve in your neck or lower back and also help total body health and function through a free operating nervous system.
What is a Pinched Nerve?
A pinched nerve occurred when too much pressure is applied to a nerve by surrounding tissues, such as bones, cartilage, muscles, or tendons. The pressure may result from repetitive motions, or it may happen from holding your body in one position for long periods, such as keeping elbows bent while sleeping. Also, herniated discs might be a cause of nerve compression.
A pinched nerve can lead to inflammation, causing pain, tingling, numbness, weakness, and body movement limitation. The pain can radiate to all the muscles and body structures that pinched nerve supplies.
If a nerve is pinched for only a short time, there’s usually no permanent damage. Once the pressure is relieved, nerve function returns to normal. However, if the pressure continues, chronic pain and permanent nerve damage can occur.
Pinched Nerve Treatments
Damage from a pinched nerve may be minor or severe. It may cause temporary or long-lasting problems. The earlier you get a diagnosis and treatment for nerve compression, the more quickly you’ll find relief.
You may find that you benefit greatly from simply resting the injured area and avoiding any activities that worsen your symptoms. If symptoms persist or pain is severe, we have a group of doctors and therapists to help you. The treatment might include a group of different modalities to shrink swollen tissue around the nerve.
At Manhattan Wellness Group, our doctors and therapists will get to the root of your nerve pain with diagnostic studies like X-ray, MRI, and NCV/EMG (nerve conduction velocity studies/ electromyography) to evaluate the nerve and develop a treatment plan for your particular condition. Once your pain is fully addressed, the symptoms will gradually decrease.
The treatment might include:
- Massage Therapy to release muscle nerve entrapment that might be a cause for nerve compression
- Acupuncture to control the pain and stimulate all the acupoints associated with the nerve entrapment. Acupuncture also promotes blood circulation and endorphin release to ease the pain
- Physical Therapy to stretch and strengthen the area affected by the pinched nerve and help patients regain flexibility, strength, and mobility
- Chiropractic Adjustments, manipulation, and traction to the spine to release pressure on the nerve root affected
- Medical Pain Management may include anti-inflammatory non-steroid or steroid medications/injections. At Manhattan Wellness Group, under the leadership of Dr. Ayman Farag, advanced procedures like the cervical epidural, lumbar epidural, nerve blocking, facet blocking, or nerve blasting can also be performed if needed.