The team at King Chiropractic in Gaithersburg, Potomac, Clarksburg and Urbana, MD specialize in helping patients with a number of neck and back-related injuries. One issue that patients complain about is a pinched nerve, also called nerve compression. If you're experiencing sharp back or neck pains, this could be the cause. Find out what you can do about a pinched nerve with the help of a skilled chiropractor.
What Is a Pinched Nerve?
Nerves start at your brain and extend throughout your whole body, sending messages back and forth. When a nerve becomes compressed by a ligament, tendon or bone, it is called a pinched nerve. It causes pain that can radiate to the back, neck and limbs. Over time, if a pinched nerve remains compressed it could cause fluid buildup and swelling.
What Causes a Pinched Nerve?
A pinched nerve is usually caused by some type of activity or an injury. It is common in patients who work heavy lifting jobs and also in athletes. Here are a few potential causes:
- A weakened disc or bone.
- Contorting the body in one position that causes the compression.
- Sleeping in an undesirable position that puts pressure on one area.
- Moving repetitively in the same way for a long period of time, such as bending over and picking something up repeatedly.
What You and Your Gaithersburg, Potomac, Clarksburg and Urbana Chiropractor Can Do About It
The goal for treating a pinched nerve is to get rid of the pain and relieve the pressure as much as possible. Here are a few things that you and your doctor can do to accomplish this:
- Schedule regular appointments for chiropractic alignments.
- Participate in physical therapy that targets the area of the compressed nerve and do strengthening, stretching and aerobic exercises at home as recommended by your chiropractor.
- Take NSAID medications to treat the pain and swelling.
Call for Help from a Skilled Chiropractor Today
With the help of a doctor at King Chiropractic you can finally get relief from a pinched nerve. Call the Gaithersburg, Potomac, Clarksburg or Urbana, MD office today.