While there are many reasons why someone may experience pain, this is not a warning sign you should ignore. Your New York, NY chiropractor at Starr Physical Therapy, Chiropractic and Acupuncture want you to know it could be a pinched or compressed nerve. Spinal nerves connect the brain to nerves throughout the body sending important messages so that your body can do the job its meant to. But if you have a pinched nerve, you may be experiencing pain, numbness or tingling in a certain part of the body. While the back and neck tend to be the two areas of the body most commonly affected by a pinched nerve, any nerve in the body is susceptible.
Damage from a pinched nerve can range from mild to more severe, depending on how early you seek treatment. Of course, the sooner you come in for a diagnosis and treatment the sooner you will get the relief you need.
Many factors can be responsible for pinched nerves:
- Repetitive movements
- Staying in one position too long
- Herniated or bulging disc
- Spinal arthritis
- Weight gain
- Thyroid disease
So, what are the most common symptoms associated with pinched nerves? If you have nerve compression the only issue you may actually have to deal with is pain. On the other hand, you may experience other symptoms and never even have any pain. Here are some of the most typical warning signs of a compressed nerve:
- Pain on and around the compressed area such as the neck or back
- Radiating pain (e.g. sciatica)
- Tingling or numbness
- A “pins and needles” sensation
- Weakness in the affected tendon, ligament or muscle
Of course, your treatment plan for a pinched nerve will be determined based on the cause and severity of your condition. Some patients with only minor issues may be able to recover just by resting and avoiding any activities that may exacerbate their symptoms.
If you aren’t getting the relief you need or your symptoms are severe then it’s time you saw us. Through chiropractic care we can gently readjust the spine to take pressure off the nerves. Through spinal mobilization and manual traction we can reposition the spine so it’s in a healthier position, alleviating your pain and other symptoms and restoring you to full function. While over-the-counter pain relievers can be great for reducing symptoms they don’t treat the actual problem. Let our New York chiropractic experts give you the proper care your body deserves.
Are you interested in learning more about treatment options for your pinched nerve?
Call Starr Physical Therapy, Chiropractic and Acupuncture at (212) 614-8800 today to learn how we can help!