A pinched nerve can be one of the most painful symptoms a human being could ever endure. It normally occurs when too much pressure is applied to a nerve by surrounding tissues — such as bones, cartilage, muscles or tendons. Disruption of nerve function has many symptoms including numbness, tingling, burning, shooting pain, and weakness.
Many days of work and school are missed every year because of pinched nerves. This not only affects productivity and our ability to advance personally and professionally but can affect our relationships with our family, friends and coworkers as the pain takes over.
Common Symptoms and Causes of Pinched Nerves
Pinched nerves are a very common occurrence but are definitely not normal. Often, poor posture is the culprit, due to a poor night’s sleep, long durations of sitting, such as driving or at a computer, or lifting heavy objects, such as weights or children, or even reaching above the head can be the cause of a pinched or compressed nerve. People tend to wait until the pain diminishes, but damage remains while precipitating reoccurrence of pain until proper care is given. Mainstream thought is pain management is all that is needed. It is clear that more medications simply covering up the pain is not the answer as neglect and ignoring the problem often leads to more dangerous, invasive medical intervention.
Treatment for Pinched Nerves
Common medical treatment for a pinched nerve is the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (aspirin, naproxen, and ibuprofen) to decrease pain, but this treatment doesn’t take the pressure off the nerve, it only covers up the problem. The other medical option is surgery with months of rehabilitation. Surgery is dangerous and risky because it usually requires an invasive operation around the spinal cord in which most cases involves fusing the spine with screws and plastics to replace discs. Surgery may relieve the pain for some time but it often reoccurs if the overall structure of the spine is not corrected. This is due to the nerves above or below often becoming pinched due to the increased stress and load on the non-fused part of the spine. It is not uncommon for multiple surgeries in a lifetime once the first surgery is performed.
Our Chiropractic Treatment for Pinched Nerves
The Maximized Living approach does not cover up the symptoms associated with Pinched or compressed nerves, but actually finds and treats damaged areas for complete healing that lasts a lifetime. Most often this includes a scan of your spine and nervous system using state of the art technology to determine the exact location of the pinched nerves. If nerve supply is diminished at all it must be restored to 100% or cell, organ and/or tissue will follow. Along with proper chiropractic adjustments, a program of rehabilitation is prescribed to maximize complete correction. Other aspects include Maximized Living Life Management Programs to teach you how to fuel your body and move your body back towards health during your recovery. Since activities of daily living are often the cause of pinched nerves, Maximized Living Life Management Programs minimize the chance of an exacerbation and recurrence of pinched nerves allowing you to not only obtain great health but maintain the Maximized Life.