Nerve Pain and Impingement
Sciatica? Numbness in your fingers? Neuropathy? Tingling down your arm? Nerve pain? Disc herniations, disc bulges, improper alignment and inflammation can compress or rub on the nerves causing unrelenting pain. This pain can travel along the nerve and can be felt in part or sometimes the entire nerve. Although traumatic events such as a car accident or a fall may cause the disc to herniate, sometimes it can be as simple as incorrectly lifting a heavy or awkward object, sports impacts or repetitive strain injuries. Regardless as per how it happened, the pain and discomfort one experiences is the same and must be addressed.
Irritation of the sciatic nerve that originates in the lower back causes sciatica. This is the longest nerve in the body and is made up of several nerve roots. It travels from the lumbar spine along the back of your thigh and then supplies the entire lower leg and foot. Aggravation of this nerve presents as pain and discomfort that stems from the low back or the buttocks area and travels into the leg and possibly all the way into the foot. In more severe cases weakness and loss of strength of muscles in the leg may present. Sometimes a sensation of pins and needles or the lower limb "falling asleep" may appear.
Nerve Impingement Treatment:
Treatments vary depending on the location of the impingement, symptoms, chronicity and severity. Dr. Carly Butterworth will perform a thorough assessment to determine what structure is pinching the nerve, such as a tight muscles, disc herniation, arthritic bone spur or poorly aligned vertebrae. From there the goal of treatment is to remove pressure on the nerves by decreasing inflammation, correcting positioning and improving biomechanics. Inflammation can be reduced with the application of ice to the affected area, anti-inflammatory drugs and even rest. However, this is only a bandaide solution as it does not deal with the pinching of the nerve and will only minimize symptoms and irritation temporarily. One should note that these methods are rarely a long term treatment of the problem and an intervention such as chiropractic care will deal with the root of the problem. A chiropractor will provide certain, case-specific exercises to help with the pain, inflammation, flexibility and even strength of the muscles impacting the area of concern. Chiropractic care will aid in providing faster and even long term relief.
Can a chiropractor treat nerve pain?:
They most definitely can! In fact, chiropractic care is one of the top treatments for nerve pain. Chiropractic treatments can not only relieve pain, it can correct the underlying problem responsible for the issue. A good chiropractic care regimen will include spinal adjustments, active release of the muscles in the affected area and surrounding the impacted nerve, and exercises catered to the individual. A multi-faceted approach ensures that all aspects of the condition are addressed to aid in a long-lasting recovery.
If you think you are suffering from nerve related pain, consider getting to the root of the problem (pun intended!) by going to see a chiropractor today. Dr. Carly Butterworth can help you get back to life sooner by creating a customized treatment plan suited specifically to you and your needs! Contact our office at 519-940-9888 and schedule an appointment to get onto the road of recovery today.