A pinched nerve is a nerve that is under pressure because of nearby cartilage, tendons, muscles, or bones. When the nerve is under pressure, it can’t function properly, which leads to various uncomfortable symptoms for the patient.
The symptoms of a pinched nerve may include a sharp or aching pain that radiates outward, numbness, tingling, and muscle weakness. The location of these symptoms depends on the location of the pinched nerve. In many cases, the symptoms of a pinched nerve worsen while the patient is sleeping. The symptoms of a pinched nerve may appear suddenly, or they may develop gradually over time.
In most cases, a pinched nerve develops because surrounding tissues move out of place, grow, or swell. In the lower back, for example, patients may develop pinched nerves because of bone spurs or herniated discs.
Some patients may be more likely than others to get a pinched nerve. Some of the risk factors for pinched nerves include poor posture, obesity, arthritis, and a history of injury in the area. Patients who perform repetitive actions may also develop pinched nerves.
The doctors at Advanced Back & Neck Pain Center offer chiropractic care, massage therapy, and physical therapy to patients with pinched nerves. The goal of treatment programs is to relieve the pressure on the nerve, alleviate the patient’s symptoms, and help the patient avoid pinched nerves in the future. The doctors know that every patient is different, so they customize their treatment plans to meet the needs of each individual patient.
The symptoms of a pinched nerve continue as long as the pressure remains on the nerve. Once the pressure is relieved, the nerve may recover. However, if the pressure had been on the nerve for an extended period of time, the nerve may have sustained permanent damage. In order to prevent permanent damage, patients should seek treatment for pinched nerves as soon as the symptoms appear.
At Advanced Back & Neck Pain Center, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
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