Occasional aches and pains are normal, especially if you live an active lifestyle, but a lingering sharp pain may be a pinched nerve. Chiropractic care from Dr. Speros Tryphonas of Chiropractic Rehab in Virginia Beach, VA, remedies your pinched nerves.
How Do Nerves Get Pinched?
Also known as nerve impingements, pinched nerves are surrounded by inflammation that irritates the nerve. The constant pressure on the nerve is why you experience sudden or lingering sharp pain. You may feel the pain all the time or only with certain movements. Nerve impingements happen anywhere in the human body; the condition is most common in the back, shoulders, neck, and hips. Certain chronic conditions, such as spinal stenosis, increase nerve impingement risk.
What Triggers Pinched Nerves?
Putting too much pressure on soft tissues causes inflammation that may develop around the nerves. Poor posture, improper body mechanics, falls, and trauma are the most common ways that people injure soft tissues. The nerve remains irritated and trapped until the inflammation subsides.
Do Pinched Nerves Require Treatment?
Mild to moderate nerve impingements may resolve with rest. Dr. Tryphonas recommends applying heat and cold to the pinched nerve immediately after you notice the pain. These steps may help reduce inflammation. Make sure to use proper body mechanics and check your posture to avoid pinched nerves in the future. If you still have symptoms after two to three days, it’s time to see a chiropractor for treatment.
How Does Chiropractic Care Help with Pinched Nerves?
Chiropractic care increases blood flow and decreases inflammation. Spinal decompression, massage therapy, cold laser, shockwave therapy, and acupuncture are the most effective therapies for nerve impingements. Spinal decompression aligns the vertebrae to reduce pressure on the nerve. When you have a nerve impingement, you naturally change your posture and body mechanics to avoid triggering the pain. You may notice that your muscles feel tense and sore, and massage therapy helps relax the muscles. Cold laser involves administering low-level laser energy to the affected area to reduce inflammation around the nerve. Shockwave therapy uses acoustic pressure waves to improve circulation and help your body heal naturally. Acupuncture is another technique that is known to reduce tension and inflammation.
Are you looking for a natural way to heal your pinched nerve? Call Chiropractic Rehab today at (757) 424-2626 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Tryphonas at our Virginia Beach, VA, office. He evaluates your symptoms and develops a personalized treatment plan for you.