Chiropractic care is the go-to route for any back and neck pain since it is usually associated with a spinal problem. When it comes to a pinched nerve in the neck, chiropractic care can be a solution. A pinched nerve in the neck occurs when there too much compression on the nerve being applied from surrounding bones, muscles or tendons.
The symptoms of a pinched nerve are very uncomfortable and people often opt for pain relief drugs or decompression surgery. These are the symptoms of a pinched nerve:
- Neck pain
- Neck numbness
- Neck tingling
- Weak feeling in the neck
- Spinal pain
- Shoulder pain
A pinched nerve in the neck can result from neck subluxation, misalignment, disc degeneration, osteoarthritis, disc protrusions or disc herniation.
How Chiropractic Care Works for a Pinched Nerve
People looking for a quick solution will opt for medication or surgery, but like many other types of neck and back pain, chiropractic care can work wonders and is a safer alternative.
For pinched nerves, chiropractors will first evaluate your pinched nerve and find the underlying cause. From there they will choose the right treatment plan for you. Chiropractors will usually use spinal manipulation for a pinched nerve which is a manipulation treatment that uses physical therapy and massaging to adjust and restore joints and alleviate pain and inflammation.
A chiropractic plan for your pinched nerve will also include
- Rehabilitation exercises
- Strengthening exercises
- Deep-tissue massage therapy
- Trigger point therapy
- Stretching to improve range of motion and flexibility
Chiropractic care and surgery aside, people with a pinched nerve can also look into physiotherapy, which uses a combination of electrotherapy and ultrasound treatment to reduce pain and inflammation.
Visit your local chiropractor’s for a consultation on your pinched nerve.