A pinched nerve can cause a number of physical health issues ranging from back and neck pain to headaches to extremity numbness. Pinched nerves can also cause both chronic and acute pain that seriously diminishes quality of life. Fortunately, your Franklin and Brentwood chiropractor Premier Family Chiropractic offers targeted, effective pinched nerve treatment to assist in both alleviating symptoms and treating the issue at the root.

What Exactly Is a Pinched Nerve?

Pinched nerves are caused by excess pressure on a nerve that can come from surrounding tendons, muscles or other tissues. This can be caused and exacerbated by injury or inflammation. The pressure in turn disrupts the ability of the nerve to function, which can lead to a range of symptoms.

Pinched nerves can occur within the spine in the form of a herniated disk. They can cause back pain as well as issues with associated extremities. Pinched nerves can also occur in the joints, affecting the limbs, hands, fingers and feet. The most common signs and symptoms of a pinched nerve include:

  • Decreased sensation in the affected area
  • Numbness
  • Sharp pain
  • Aching
  • Radiating pain
  • Tingling
  • Muscle weakness
  • Causes of Pinched Nerves

Herniated discs are the most common cause of a pinched nerve. These can occur through injury, exertion, poor posture and a range of other causes. However, pinched nerves can also occur in the joints or any area of the body as the result of injury or trauma. The resulting inflammation can cause compression on the nerve in the area and lead to the symptoms described above.

In the case of carpal tunnel syndrome, the carpal tunnel’s median nerve becomes compressed. This can be caused by swollen tendon sheaths within the tunnel, a degenerated ligament or enlarged bone that narrows the tunnel.

With any pinched nerve situation, duration is a factor in the severity of the injury. If a nerve is pinched just for a short time, it can usually recover. However, if the pinching continues for an extended period of time, pain, symptoms and even permanent nerve damage are possible.

Additional risk factors for pinched nerves include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Bone spurs
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Inflammatory conditions
  • Thyroid disease
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Repetitive activity in work, sports

Treatment of Pinched Nerves

If you think you might have a pinched nerve, see your Franklin and Brentwood chiropractor today. We can diagnose your condition and determine the source. We’ll also determine the ideal pinched nerve treatment in your case to expedite healing and get you out of pain. Some of the most effective pinched nerve treatment options include:

  • Chiropractic adjustment
  • A brace or splint
  • Physical therapy
  • Medication
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Surgery

At Premier Family Chiropractic, we favor a holistic approach to treating pinched nerves and other physical issues. We strive to take the most non-invasive approach possible to assist our clients in avoiding surgery and prescription medications.

A chiropractic adjustment can often bring rapid relief to pinched nerves where nothing else will. At Premier Family Chiropractic, we also prescribe treatments to complement chiropractic adjustments such as home exercises, physical therapy, massage therapy and more.

Get Pinched Nerve Relief from Our Brentwood Chiropractor

Premier Family Chiropractic proudly serves the Brentwood and Franklin areas. Our goal is to relieve pain and other symptoms by addressing the pinched nerve directly, restoring optimal blood flow and functioning. For effective pinched nerve treatment with a holistic approach, contact Premier Family Chiropractic today. Call us at (615) 661-4101.