Our bodies contain many small intricate parts, including bones, muscles, tendons, nerves, and more, and in order to work properly without significant pain, each of these small parts needs to stay in its place. Unfortunately, this doesn't always happen, and all too often it is the nerves that step out of line pushing on tendons, muscles, cartilage, and bone. In addition to plain old pain, it can also leave you with a feeling of numbness or tingling and general discomfort. This is called a pinched nerve and our staff at Oxford Rehabilitation Center in Philadelphia, PA, can treat it.
Why Pinched Nerves Happen
Pinched nerves occur for many reasons. They may be a result of a specific injury, such as a car accident, sports, or work injury, or they may be a symptom of an ongoing medical condition, including
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Bone spurs
- Thyroid disease
At Oxford Rehabilitation Center in Philadelphia, PA there are several treatment options our chiropractor can try in order to take reduce compression caused by a pinched nerve and ultimately reduce pain in the affected area.
Other Risk Factors
In addition to these causes, both overuse and under-use can result in a pinched nerve. Assembly work that requires repetitive movement as well as conditions that demand bed rest makes it more likely that nerves will become compressed. The condition is also more likely to happen to women than men.
What You Can Do About it.
People who suffer from pinched nerves often try to work through the problem by changing the way they move, or they may seek out over the counter medications in order to get relief, but this solution is often only temporary because the factors contributing to the condition remain.
At Oxford Rehabilitation Center, our chiropractor is committed to helping you heal whether you are experiencing pinched nerves or some other type of ailment, but part of what sets chiropractic apart is the patient's own participation in healing. In addition to any adjustments, we can also advise you on proper positioning, such as avoiding crossing your legs to keep up good circulation, taking breaks from repetitive activities, incorporating strength and flexibility exercises, and working on a diet and exercise plan.
For many, symptoms of pinched nerves are something that comes and goes, but if symptoms are ignored pain intensifies and mobility can decrease. In some cases, they may become disabling. That's why it is important to take this injury seriously, even if the discomfort seems minimal. To learn more, or to find out if the pain you are feeling might be a pinched nerve contact us at Oxford Rehabilitation Center in Philadelphia, PA at 215-725-2000 to schedule an appointment.