A pinched nerve is generally a nerve that has been irritated or injured as it exits the spinal canal.
This can be the result of a disc injury, degenerative changes to the spine or mechanical dysfunction of the spine for example.
A chiropractor will conduct a thorough examination to help determine the nature of the nerve pain. The chiropractor will also test for related reflexes and whether the nerve pain may be related to any weakness of the muscles it supplies. Referral for further medical testing and evaluation may be necessary, and the Chiropractor will advise the patient as needed.
Chiropractors can use a variety of treatments and management strategies to help their patients with nerve irritation ("pinched nerves"). Including hands on "manual therapy" such as specific spinal adjustments and mobilizing techniques. Often, adjunctive treatments such as cold laser and acupuncture can assist the Chiropractor to reduce the nerve pain.
Another effective technique involves the application of specific stretching designed to reduce the tension on the nerve as it travels through tense soft tissues. This is commonly referred to as "nerve flossing" and represents another technique commonly used by chiropractors. This can improve their range of motion and reduce pain.
With rest, chiropractic or physiotherapy, most people recover from a pinched nerve within a few days or weeks. In some cases, the herniated disc cause perpetual pain in the nerves and surgery could be an option.
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