Pinched Nerves Don’t Have to Be a Permanent Problem
Pinched nerves are essentially what they sound like, a nerve that’s been compressed by other tissues, resulting in a constriction on the nerve that affects how it carries signals. The result includes numbness, pain, tingling, and weakness in an affected limb. Pinched nerves can be difficult to deal with if left alone for too long, but they don’t have to become a permanent issue. With the help of a chiropractor at Activated Life Chiropractic & Wellness in Great Falls, MT, your pinched nerves can be healed before you know it.
The Mechanics Involved in Pinched Nerves
As noted, a pinched nerve is one that is pinched by other tissues. An example might be what happens in ulnar nerve compression (also called ulnar nerve entrapment), where tissue in your elbow swells and compresses the ulnar nerve, resulting in numbness in your ring and little fingers in the hand on that arm. Carpal tunnel syndrome results from a pinched nerve as well, when the tissue in your wrist compresses the nerve running down through the wrist and into your hand. You can have pinched nerves anywhere in your body. Causes can be as simple as leaning against the affected area (e.g., on your elbow).
Rest and therapeutic exercises are common approaches to treatment. If you know the exact cause of the problem, such as leaning on your elbow, stop doing that. You can also visit a chiropractor to help relaxing the muscles around the affected joints because that can reduce the amount of compression your nerve has to deal with.
The Sooner You Start Treatment, the Better
Contact Dr. Justin Stilson at Activated Life Chiropractic & Wellness in Great Falls, MT. Chiropractic treatment can help soothe pinched nerves and reduce, if not eliminate, the symptoms you’ve been suffering. Call us at (406) 770-3800 to arrange for an appointment.