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Can a Chiropractor help my pinched nerve?
If you’ve ever experienced a pinched nerve, you know just how painful and disruptive it can be to daily life. Those who have experienced the debilitating symptoms of a pinched nerve are motivated to find answers and receive treatment quickly to alleviate the symptoms. Many wonder if a chiropractor can help relieve the pain and pressure caused by a pinched nerve. In this blog, we’ll explore what a pinched nerve is, how it’s diagnosed, and whether a chiropractor can help fix one.
What is a Pinched Nerve?
A pinched nerve occurs when a nerve is compressed or damaged, resulting in pain, tingling, or numbness in the affected area. Pinched nerves are common and can occur in different parts of the body, including the neck, back, arms, and legs. The most common causes of pinched nerves include poor posture, repetitive motions, and degenerative conditions such as arthritis or herniated discs.
Diagnosing a Pinched Nerve
To determine whether you have a pinched nerve, your healthcare provider will start by asking you about your symptoms and medical history. They may also perform a physical exam, including assessing your range of motion and testing your reflexes. In some cases, they may recommend imaging tests, such as X-rays or MRI, to confirm the diagnosis and assess the extent of the damage.
Can a Chiropractor Fix a Pinched Nerve?
Chiropractors are trained to treat musculoskeletal conditions, including those related to the spine and nerves. While a chiropractor may be able to help relieve the symptoms of a pinched nerve, whether they can “fix” it depends on the severity and underlying cause of the condition.
Chiropractic treatment for a pinched nerve typically involves spinal adjustments, which are designed to realign the spine and alleviate pressure on the affected nerve. The chiropractor may also use other manual therapies, such as muscle release techniques, stretching, or mobilisation, to help relieve pain and improve function. In some cases, they may also recommend exercises or lifestyle modifications to help prevent future pinched nerves.
However, it’s important to note that the focus of the chiropractor in the initial consultation will be to establish the cause of the pinched nerve. There may be multiple reasons why you’re experiencing the symptoms of a pinched nerve. It could be caused by osteoarthritis or spinal degenerative, a bulging or herniated disc, spinal stenosis or significant local swelling. The specific cause, which will likely be confirmed with imaging, will determine what assistance a chiropractic can provide. Severe spinal degeneration of spinal stenosis may require an orthopedic opinion or surgery.
In summary, while a chiropractor may be able to help relieve the symptoms of a pinched nerve, whether they can “fix” it depends on the severity and underlying cause of the condition. Chiropractic treatment typically involves spinal adjustments and other manual therapies, but it may not be able to help everyone with a pinched nerve. It’s essential you seek help and advice early when experiencing the symptoms of a pinched nerve. An experienced chiropractor is well placed and trained to provide you with an assessment and advice, treatment and even referral if your condition is beyond help with a conservative approach.