A pinched nerve, known medically as an impingement, can be a serious matter. At the very least it can cause severe pain that often manifests as a shooting or burning sensation. Worse cases may cause numbness, tingling or loss of motor control.
Luckily, an experienced chiropractor in Las Vegas can provide noninvasive and effective treatment for any impingement. Chiropractic care can help to gently free trapped nerves, which can help diminish pain and restore function. While results are sometimes immediate, several sessions may be needed for maximum benefit.
What causes an impingement?
A nerve may be pinched by connective tissue, bone or muscle. In the spine, impinged nerves generally result from subluxations, or a misalignment of the vertebrae. Since the vast majority of the body’s main nerves travel through the spine, an impinged nerve in the spine can cause pain or tingling in a different location in the body.
The sacroiliac (SI) joints are another common area for impingements. These joints are found in the pelvis and receive a lot of wear and tear from normal daily movement. Even simply walking can cause damage to the SI joints.
There are several major nerves near the SI joints. When these nerves are pinched, pain to the hip, buttock, thigh and calf areas can result. The pain may be shooting or burning in nature. It’s very common for patients to mistake a pinched nerve in this area for another problem, such as hip bursitis or a pulled muscle. However, an experienced chiropractor can tell the difference and offer appropriate treatment.
What is the treatment?
Chiropractic medicine mainly addresses impinged nerves through manual adjustments. Gentle manipulations of the affected joints are performed to realign the vertebrae or other bones. This releases the trapped nerves and restores the normal electrical impulses that flow through your nerves. Furthermore, realignment allows increased blood flow which helps reduce inflammation and swelling.
Other methods are often used in conjunction with adjustments. These may include therapeutic massage and myofascial release. Myofascial release consists of manipulation of the soft tissues and is particularly useful when nerves are trapped by fascia or other connective tissue.
A skilled chiropractor will develop a comprehensive, holistic plan of action for your nerve pain. This will include icing and/or heat, specialized exercises and nutritional counseling, all of which are designed to help you live pain-free.
If you think you may be suffering from a pinched nerve, or any other type of pain, please contact Grimes Family Chiropractic in Las Vegas for an appointment at (702) 233-2372 or through our webpage. Dr. Grimes is experienced and trained in safe, natural nerve release to quickly get you back to an active and healthy lifestyle.