Pinched Nerves – Diagnosis, Risk Factors, and Treatment

Pinched Nerves - Diagnosis, Risk Factors, and TreatmentFew things are more annoying and painful than having a pinched nerve. That feeling that nothing you do is going to provide any relief can be depressing and can leave you feeling hopeless. However, there is something you can do to get some relief from those pesky pinched nerves. Whether you recently had a sports injury or you have arthritis, we can find a solution to get you back on your feet and feeling well again.

Do I Have a Pinched Nerve?

Common symptoms that you might have a pinched nerve include numbness or decreased sensation in a specific area of the body, tingling sensation, muscle weakness in the affected area, and sharp or aching pain. Some cases of pinched nerves can go undiagnosed, as symptoms usually only persist for a few days. Because pinched nerves are caused by pressure being applied to the cartilage or tissue surrounding a nerve, pinched nerves can be corrected without the need for professional help if the pressure is relieved naturally. However, not all of us are so lucky as to have this “self-healing.” If your symptoms have persisted for more than a few days, it’s time to visit your doctor. While you might be tempted to “tough it out,” it is crucial to seek professional help at this point to avoid any permanent nerve damage.

Am I at Risk for Experiencing Pinched Nerves?

While many cases of pinched nerves are injury-related, there are a few risk factors that may make you more susceptible to experiencing pinched nerves. For example, did you know that women are at a higher risk for developing carpal tunnel syndrome, a common issue related to pinched nerves because they have smaller carpal tunnels than men? Other conditions, such as a history of osteoarthritis, thyroid disease, and rheumatoid arthritis, can put you at a higher risk of having pinched nerves. Additionally, diabetic patients often are at increased risk of experiencing pinched nerves because they are susceptible to nerve compression. Other common risk factors include pregnancy and obesity.

What Can I Do to Avoid Pinched Nerves?

While genetics and pre-existing conditions might put you at a higher risk for experiencing pinched nerves, there are a few preventative steps you can take to avoid them:

  • Maintain a healthy posture. Make sure you aren’t sitting or lying in one position for too long as nerves can become compressed.
  • Maintain a healthy diet and weight.
  • Increase your strength and flexibility through daily exercises.
  • Limit overuse of muscles and repetitive activity. Make sure to take frequent breaks and stay hydrated!

Of course, we are always here to help with any chiropractic issues you may be experiencing. If you are in pain, or if you are simply working on your posture and exercise routine, we are happy to consult with you about your treatment and preventative options. Contact us today at Stellhorn Chiropractic to schedule your appointment!

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